If you watch the news … the world is a mess and it’s only getting worse.
Maybe you are doing okay personally or maybe you’re not. But even when you and I are fed, housed, and healthy … we always seem to have concerns to lay before the Lord in prayer. Some big, some small, and some that feel overwhelming.
I remember a morning when Rev had already gone to work when I called him upset saying, “I need you to come and pray with me! I need to pray and I just can’t find the words.”
Have you ever found yourself in a similar place?
When your need has overwhelmed your emotions and the only prayer you can raise is … “Lord, please help!”?
I think that’s why I love praying Scripture. It soothes my heart and settles my mind to know God’s children have gone there before me. My emotions aren’t new or unusual … people have been experiencing feelings just like mine forever.
So, when my emotions have cluttered my mind and I need help finding the words to pray, I now turn to Scripture. My favorite prayers are in the Book of Psalms because David and the other Psalmists were open and honest in expressing their feelings and frustrations.
I made a list of verses and prayers from the Book of Psalms to help me pray when my emotions overwhelm me.
Psalms that will Help When You Need to Pray
When You Feel Afraid
The Lord is my light and my salvation—Psalm 27:1, 8
so why should I be afraid?
My heart has heard You say,
“Come and talk with me.”
And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”
Father, thank you for inviting me to come to You whenever I feel afraid. You tell me to honestly share my feelings with You trusting Your unfailing love to calm my heart and give me peace.
He renews my strength.Psalm 23:3–4
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to His name.
Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
for You are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.
Lord, whatever path You allow me to walk, I pray that You will give me everything I need to obey You and give You glory. I will not be afraid because I trust You to protect and comfort my heart, mind, and soul.
When I am afraid,Psalm 56:3–4
I will put my trust in you.
I praise God for what He has promised.
I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
What can mere mortals do to me?
Father God, You have always been faithful to keep Your promises. I trust You to give me everything I need today, tomorrow, and always.
When You are Confused and Overwhelmed
I belong to You;Psalm 73:23–26
You hold my right hand.
You guide me with Your counsel,
leading me to a glorious destiny.
Whom have I in heaven but You?
I desire You more than anything on earth.
My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
but God remains the strength of my heart;
He is mine forever.
What an amazing promise … I belong to You, Father. You hold me, guide me, and protect my soul. I love You with all my heart. Even when I don’t understand what You are doing … You are with me holding me close, giving me strength and guiding my steps.
The Lord hears His peoplePsalm 34:17–18
when they call to Him for help.
He rescues them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
Father, thank you for hearing the cries of my heart. Thank you for helping me, holding me, forgiving me, and saving me. Your grace is sufficient for every circumstance. By Your grace, please help me focus my heart and mind on You … the One who is greater than my problems and my pain.
Let me hear of Your unfailing love each morning,Psalm 143:8
for I am trusting You.
Show me where to walk,
for I give myself to You.
Lord, Your Word tells me again and again of Your unfailing love. In a world where love so often seems self-absorbed and self-serving, Your perfect love never disappoints me. I surrender every day of my life to You. I love You. Please help me live for the glory of Your name.
When You Feel Small and Unimportant
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.Psalm 139:17–18
They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
You are still with me!
Father, You know me and love me. You tell me I am precious to You. You know my thoughts and care about my struggles. Wherever I am and whatever I do … You are with me. I love You and worship You now and forever.
Each day the Lord poursPsalm 42:8
His unfailing love upon me,
and through each night I sing His songs,
praying to God who gives me life.
Father, Your unfailing love surrounds me. In the middle of the night when I feel small and my worries feel huge help me focus on Your sovereign power, wisdom, mercy, and grace.
When You Feel Exhausted and Worn Out
I cry out to God;Psalm 77:1–2
I call to God, and He will hear me.
I look for the Lord on the day of trouble.
All night long I reach out my hands,
but I cannot be comforted.
Father, It’s been a long hard day. I feel like a toddler who is so close to pitching an exhausted tantrum. I need You to hold me. Please give me the strength I need today, the peace I need to rest, and the courage to do it all again tomorrow.
I find rest in God;Psalm 62:1–2 (NCV)
only He can save me.
He is my rock and my salvation.
He is my defender;
I will not be defeated.
I will not be defeated today, Father. You are my Rock. You give me the courage and strength I need. With Your help … I can do this!
Know the Lord Hears Your Prayers
The Lord has heard my plea;Psalm 6:9
the Lord will answer my prayer.
I cling to Your promises, Lord. You hear and answer those who cry out to You for help. Thank you! Your love is greater than life!
Hear my prayer, O Lord; listen to my plea.Psalm 143:1
Answer me because
You are faithful and righteous.
Father, You hear my prayer … not because of who I am or what I’ve done but because of who You are. You are:
- and altogether perfect in every way.
Thanks and praise!
Praise the Lord!Psalm 28:6–7
For He has heard my cry for mercy.
The Lord is my strength and shield.
I trust Him with all my heart.
He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.
I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.
Oh, Father, I thank you!
Thank you for Your Word that tells us of real people with real emotions … people we can relate to as we see our own flaws and weaknesses, struggles and needs. Thank you for encouraging us to come to You honestly with feelings that are already known to You. And thank you most of all for giving us everything we need through Jesus and the power of Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus precious name, we pray. Amen.
Friend, I want you to know something important.
I have loved God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – for as long as I can remember. But 15 years ago, I fell in love with His Word as the Lord used it to fill me with hope and peace.
The Spirit showed me that even when life is confusing and I don’t understand God’s plan, I can always trust His love.
As I read the accounts of people, places, and events, I can relate. I can see myself…
- taking a bite of the apple in the Garden.
- depressed like Sarah.
- grumbling like the wilderness wanderers.
- broken like Job.
- running like Jonah.
- hiding and afraid like the disciples.
I’d love to see myself in the heroes of faith … but I identify more with the broken and needy. Because in their accounts, I see God’s constant and unwavering love.
And because He loved them, I trust His love for me.
When I read the Bible, I don’t see a bunch of stories or a list of rules; I see the greatest love letter that has ever been written.
I’m reading through my favorite books, John and Romans, during the season of Lent and I’d love for you to join me. It’s not too late! We just started a few days ago. You can download the schedule here.
I’m asking God to bless you today as you go to His Word and turn to Him in prayer with honest feelings in faith … trusting His perfect unfailing love.
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