I always struggled to put my prayers into words. And in all honesty, most of the time, I tried to figure things out on my own before I’d pray about them.
When the kids were acting out, I’d read a couple of parenting books.
When one of us had health issues, I’d do a symptom check investigation.
When a relationship was strained, I’d go looking for advice from so-called relationship experts.
Oh sure, I prayed. But they typically went like this…
“Please heal __________.”
“Please help __________. “
“Please fix __________.”
“Please give __________.”
Now, I’m not saying those aren’t valid prayers or that we shouldn’t pray them. In fact, sometimes when I’m in the middle of a crisis and my emotions are frayed and thoughts scattered, those are the only words I can find.
But I’ve experienced something that has blessed and transformed my prayer life.
When I can’t find the words … God has filled Scripture with verses and prayers of His people. God’s Word gives me everything I need to go to Him with my burdens, gratitude, and praise.
The truth is, nothing you and I face is new to God. Solomon wrote…
History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.Ecclesiasted 1:9
Nothing in our lives surprises or shocks our Father.
And He promises to give us everything we need for whatever we’re living through. So, when I don’t have the words … I pray the promises of God.
His Word helps me thank and praise Him, repent and implore. And praying Scripture imprints it on my heart and mind.
I’d love for you to join me as I …
Pray the Promises of God
This hope will never disappoint us, because God has poured out His love to fill our hearts. He gave us His love through the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to us.Romans 5:5
Father, Thank you for the amazing and overwhelming gift of Your love. Your creation shows Your love and care but the One who came … who lived and died to show us Your love is our promised hope. Through Jesus’ resurrection, You give us the promise of victory over sin, death, and satan’s power. And from His ascension on through time, You give us the Spirit’s presence to fill us with love and the hope that will not disappoint.
I believe Your Word and trust Your promises. Please fill me with all I need today through Your Spirit. Fill my heart with faith, hope, and love – three blessings I can count on now and eternally.
Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6b–7
Father, I need You!
It’s funny, I can make a long list of things I thought I needed in my life … things I brought to You through pleading whines that bordered on childish tantrums. And the truth I’ve learned is whether You answered me with a “yes,” a “no,” or you asked me to “wait,” You always gave me what I needed. You always gave me Your best. How can I begin to thank you?
And when my circumstances were painful and hard, You gave me what I needed to live through them one moment at a time. Your grace is sufficient! In every high and every low, You are able to give me exactly what I need.
Resting on that truth gives me the peace I need. Today, I ask You to help me remember all You have done for me in the past that I might experience Your peace today and hope for tomorrow.
The Lord is faithful; He will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.2 Thessalonians 3:3
Lord, Thank you! You are faithful! You are the same yesterday, today, and forever. Your children are safe under Your care.
When I look around, it feels like the enemy at work everywhere. Your Word says He will use every kind of deception to fool the world. And Jesus taught that we should pray and ask You to deliver us from evil.
Please protect me through the enemy’s attacks on my heart and mind. Give me the strength I need and keep me focused on You, Lord … remembering how You have faithfully given me the strength and protection I have needed in the past.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.Romans 12:2
Father, these words are unsettling. I see churches adjusting to the world’s customs and behavior. James wrote, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you.” I need wisdom. I want to know Your truth that gives freedom from the world’s lies. I want to know, trust, and follow Your will.
Please transform my heart and mind through Your Word and the power of Your Spirit. Make me humble and teachable. Help me listen and fill me with love. Give me the courage and strength I need to obey You even when everyone around me is not. I need You, Lord, and surrender myself to You.
We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.Romans 8:28
Father, I rest my heart, mind, and soul on this beautiful promise. You are always working in my life doing what is best for my eternal future. I’ll admit, sometimes it’s hard to find the “good.” Sometimes people are cruel and life is painful. And in those moments, it’s hard for me to remain focused on You.
Help me cling to the promises that…
- You are good. (Psalm 119:28)
- You are love. (1 John 4:16)
- You are my refuge and strength. (Psalm 46:1)
- You are merciful. (2 Corinthians 1:3)
- You are my Savior. (Psalm 68:20)
Whatever is going on around me … You are at work for my good and Your glory. I can trust this promise because I know that my ultimate good is to spend my life now and forever surrounded by Your glory and love.
Thank you, Father. In Jesus name. Amen.
What Happens When You Pray the Promises of God
God promises to hear you. (1 John 5:14)
We are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him.
- God gives you hope that does not disappoint. (Romans 5:5)
- God gives you hard to understand peace. (Philippians 4:6–7)
- God reveals His will for you. (Romans 12:2)
- God gives you strength and protection for your circumstances. (2 Thessalonians 3:2–3)
- God works in your life for your good and His glory. (Romans 8:28)
What is your favorite of the promises of God?
Think about how you might add it to your prayers.
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