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8 Easter Prayers: Celebrate Resurrection Day Victory

8 Easter Prayers: Celebrate Resurrection Day Victory

Our Savior has risen! This Easter day, the resurrection of Jesus reminds us that God makes all things new. He has given us the same resurrection power to live free from sin and death and to have a life fully ALIVE!

Easter is the celebration and remembrance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion.

We hope that the below Easter prayers will bring you renewed hope and faith this Resurrection Day.

Resurrection Prayer

Dear God,
Thank you that you make all things new. Thank you for the victory and power in your Name. Thank you that you hold the keys over death, that by your might, Jesus was raised from the grave, paving the way for us to have new life with you. Thank you that you had plan, that you made a way.

We confess our need for you…fresh…new…again. We ask that you renew our hearts, minds, and lives, for the days ahead. We pray for your refreshing over us.

Keep your words of truth planted firm within us, help us to keep focused on what is pure and right, give us the power to be obedient to your word. And when the enemy reminds us where we have been, hissing his lies and attacks our way, we trust that your voice speaks louder and stronger, reminding us we are safe with you and that your purposes and plans will not fail. We ask that you will be our defense and rear guard, keeping our way clear, removing the obstacles, and covering the pitfalls. Lord, lead us on your level ground.

Shine your light in us, through us, over us. May we make a difference in this world, for your glory and purposes. Set you way before us. May all your plans succeed. We may reflect your peace and hope to a world that so desperately needs your presence and healing.

Thanks be to you God, for your indescribable gift! To you be glory and honor, on this Resurrection Day, and forever.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Easter Sunday Prayer

Lord God,
You loved this world so much,
That you gave your one and only Son,
That we might be called your children too.
Lord, help us to live in the gladness and grace
Of Easter Sunday, everyday.
Let us have hearts of thankfulness
For your sacrifice.
Let us have eyes that look upon
Your grace and rejoice in our salvation.
Help us to walk in that mighty grace
And tell your good news to the world.
All for your glory do we pray,

Lord, Amen.

Matthew 28 Easter Prayer

  • “Do not be afraid,” – God, I hand over to You those things that make me so afraid. Resurrect the parts of my faith squelched by fear.
  • “I know that you are looking for Jesus,” – God, when my soul is searching, help me know the answer to every longing can be found in You.
  • “He has risen,” – God, the fact that Jesus is risen should lift my head, my heart and my attitude. Help me to live today as if I really believe this with every part of my life.
  • “just as he said,” – Jesus, You keep Your promises. Help me live as though I believe that with every part of me. Help me trust You more, obey You more and resemble You more.
  • “Come and see,” – Jesus, You had the angels invite the women in to see for themselves that You had risen. You invite me into these personal revelations every day. Forgive me for sometimes rushing about and forgetting to come and see for myself … You, Your Word, Your insights.
  • “Then go quickly and tell his disciples,” – Jesus, I don’t want to be a secret keeper with my faith. I want to be a bold and gracious truth proclaimer. For You. With You. Because of You. Me, the unwanted girl whom You loved, redeemed and wanted.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Good Friday Prayer

Lord God,
Jesus cried out to you on the cross,
“Why have you forsaken me?”
You seemed so far from his cry
And from his distress.
Those who stood at the foot of the cross
Wondered where you were,
As they saw Jesus mocked and shamed and killed.
Where were you then?

Lord God,
We, too, ask where you are,
When there is trouble and suffering and death,
And we cry out to you for help.
Be near to us, and save us
So that we may praise you for your deliverance.

Lord God,
We wait, on Friday, for the resurrection of Sunday
And sometimes our lives seem a succession of Fridays
And we cannot see what is “Good.”
Teach us to call your name
As Jesus did.
Make us to trust in you like little children.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Four Short Easter Prayers of Victory

Father, Thank You for the miracle of life – abundant life here, and eternal life with You in Heaven. Help me celebrate that life every day as I seek You and follow Your plan for my life. Today, I say with the Apostle Paul, “Where, O death is your victory? Where, O death is your sting?”
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
– Mary Southerland

Lord Jesus Christ, I rejoice and rejoice continually in Your glorious and triumphant victory over death. For Your victory is my victory. Help me to live by it, in it, and for it. I am grateful to my depths – grateful forever. Amen.
– Selwyn Hughes

Lord, death could not hold You. And because of You, the resurrection, we, too, can live. Thank You that the grave is only a journey into the presence of God. You have removed the sting of death and empowered this thing called life. Now I will live in Your presence forever.


Dear Lord, may I realize afresh today what Your death and resurrection mean for me. Forgiveness … Freedom … and the ability to walk with You through this fallen world into eternity. May I always find my satisfaction in You and Your willingness to offer Yourself to me.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer for Lent

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the gift of this season. Thank you for knowing our hearts and our need for rhythms in our lives, and for drawing us into a deeper communion with you throughout the coming 40 days.

Lord, it can be disheartening to read on Ash Wednesday that all come from dust, and to dust all return (Ecclesiastes 3:20), yet we know that there is more to our stories. We know that you created man and woman from the dust at the very beginning of time (Genesis 2:7) and that you breathed life into them to transform them into living creatures. We know that you are in the business of resurrection– your very Son went to the cross to show us that no death is final and that ultimate transformation comes through your gift of salvation. Though we were made from dust, and our bodies will return to dust again, we can live in eternal glory with you through the blood of your Son.

May we remember the gift of salvation in this season.

May these weeks leading up to the tragedy of Good Friday and the glory of Resurrection Sunday remind us of who you are, how you love us, and who you have created us to be as your followers.

When is Easter?

The early Christians began remembering the Resurrection every Sunday following its occurrence. In A.D. 325, the Council of Nicaea set aside a special day just to celebrate the Resurrection. The problem with an official day was deciding whether the Resurrection should be celebrated on a weekday or always on a Sunday.

6 Ways to Take Your Prayers to the Next Level

6 Ways to Take Your Prayers to the Next Level

1. Get Rid of Barriers

What does it say about our relationship with God if we never pray? If we never communicate with the Creator of the universe—if we never come to Him in Jesus’ name, accepted and changed through our relationship with Christ—might the Father have the right to say, “Hmmm. Do I know you?”

Jesus said to His disciples as part of the Sermon on the Mount, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom…then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me….’” (Matthew 7:21-23).

Jesus says we can recognize true believers by their fruits (Matthew 7:16-20). Doesn’t it make sense that one fruit of our salvation is a desire to communicate with our Savior?

So first, we need to examine ourselves to see whether we are truly in the faith or are strangers to God (2 Corinthians 3:5). Actually, the Bible calls us “enemies” of God before salvation (Romans 5:10; Colossians 1:21). And if we are believers and yet not communing with God, it might be wise to get to the root of the problem—the barriers that separate us (Isaiah 59:2). We need to confess our sins and not be a stranger in prayer (1 John 1:8-9).

2. Search the Scripture

One of the reasons some Christians don’t pray is because God is still like a new acquaintance. Perhaps it’s truly a matter of being a new child in the kingdom family and not yet knowing what or how to pray. We can barely blurt out, “I’m a sinner. Save me!” Then, in the prayer of faith and repentance, our relationship with God is established.

But that doesn’t mean we instantly become “prayer warriors.” When we first meet someone, there is still sometimes awkwardness until we get to know each other better. We need to take time to learn about each other.

To ramp up your prayer level, search the Scriptures because that is how you’ll get to know your great God. From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible “testifies” about God and how He works among His people (John 5:39). From the beginning, God has told us about Himself (Romans 1:19-20), and the true Christian will desire to know God better (Psalm 25:4-5). We get to know the living God through the word of God (Romans 10:17; 1 Peter 2:2-3).

3. Be Transparent

With a casual friendship, there may be some warm feelings, but we still keep our friend at arm’s-length. Maybe we’re even a “fair weather” friend. A casual relationship indicates part-time fellowship.

Worse, in a casual relationship, we might not be transparent or honest. We don’t want people to get too close because we’re afraid they might see who we really are.

Sometimes we do this with the Lord. Though He is present everywhere (Psalm 33:13-14; Psalm 139:7-12), can see everything, and knows all things (1 John 3:20), we somehow think we can camouflage our true hearts. Our hiding is laughable (Psalm 139:11-12), and our prayers can become empty or even hypocritical.

Though we might have other ideas, God will never be satisfied with a standoffish relationship. He continually draws us with love and unfailing kindness (Jeremiah 31:3). He urges us to move beyond the level of casual prayer to something deeper. To ramp up your prayer level, get honest.

4. Draw Closer

Just as previous generations sang “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” many modern worship songs also call us to be closer to the Lord. One example is “Closer” by Steffany Gretzinger (Bethel Music). She sings, “… pull me a little closer. Take me a little deeper. I want to know your heart.”

As our relationship with God grows closer, we experience more familiarity, togetherness, and affection. We are moved more often to the prayer closet and begin to learn more of God’s ways. The Holy Spirit is our teacher (1 Corinthians 2:10; 1 Corinthians 2:14), and He prays for us “through wordless groans” when our longing for God grows deeper, but we don’t know what to say (Romans 8:26).

Close friends discuss specific goals; when we draw closer to God in prayer, we’ll want to know His will. To ramp up your prayer level, pray, “Show me how you work, God; school me in your ways” (Psalm 25:4). Ask for discernment and the desire to walk in His light (1 John 1:5; 1 John 1:7).

5. Choose to Walk with God

When we develop a companion-level friendship, there is substantial affinity, rapport, attachment, and confidentiality involved in the relationship. To ramp up your prayer life, aim for constant companionship with the Lord.

A companion is someone we spend a lot of time with—more like a partner or ally. Just as rubbing shoulders with and encouraging other Christians helps us thrive in the fellowship of the saints (Hebrews 10:25), we need to “rub shoulders” with Jesus every day if we want to abide in fellowship with Him and experience His wisdom and blessings (John 15:4-7).

Companionship demands intentionality—the everyday choice to walk alongside someone in agreement with them. The Lord called Abraham His “friend,” because Abraham obeyed God and kept His commandments (Isaiah 41:8; James 2:23). But the Lord also confided in the old Patriarch (Genesis 18:17-19). There was a sense of mutual loyalty in their friendship. Abraham was faithful to God, and God was faithful to Abraham. Jesus similarly told His disciples He had a desire to open up and confide in them too—to reveal God’s will to them (John 15:15).

6. Desire God First

When our deepest desire is intimacy with the Lord, our prayer life will reflect this passion and urgency. Yet our desire for God is nothing compared to His desire for us. Just as He delighted in Zion, He takes delight in all His children, rejoicing over them with singing (Zephaniah 3:17).

Our prayers regarding Jesus will be on a different level when we realize His great mercy toward us. Author and blogger John Piper says, “God wants intimacy with you. Christ has done all the hard work in the cross to make it possible.” In His sacrifice on the cross, Jesus showed His deep desire to befriend and save us. He is truly the biblical example of a friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24)—willing even to lay down His life for us (John 15:13).

There is a great sense of intimacy in the prayer language of the “deep desire.” We gratefully and humbly pray and sing, “The more I seek you, the more I find you…This love is so deep, it’s more than I can stand.”

The heart prayer that indicates we have moved from level to level in our friendship and arrived at a deep place of intimacy is this: “Lord, keep me here until we are one.”

“But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.” (1 Corinthians 6:17)

A Prayer to Renew Our Minds

A Prayer to Renew Our Minds

In order to move forward in something new and different, we need to renew our minds. To do that, our minds need a new connection.

Repentance can feel like a heavy word. Maybe it’s a new word altogether for you. But repentance is the way God uses to change us.

When we recognize our bad news, it is a watershed moment. Hopefully you’ve been digging deep and asking God to reveal what is playing on repeat. It may take days or weeks, but I hope a pattern emerges to you. Write down those thoughts or tell them to a friend, so you’ll be more apt to snatch them out of space when you think them.

When you realized the junk you were preaching to yourself, you took your heavy heart to God in sorrow and asked Him to change your mind — which is what repentance is about. We really can do that! It may feel foreign to do, but we pray for physical healing from things like cancer or injuries we’ve suffered in an accident. We clearly believe that God can work at a cellular level.

When we feel frustrated or stuck in our ruts of false belief, we can pray that God will change the very neural pathways in our brain. We can ask Him to rewire the innermost parts of our minds on a biological level. He created us. He knit us together in our mothers’ bellies. He can change the way my brain tangles together and makes connections. Do you believe that too?

Let’s practice together. We can pray this prayer when we’re feeling the effects of our false beliefs:

Father, in Jesus’ name, I shall prosper and be in health, even as my soul prospers. I have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart. I trust in You, Lord, with all my heart; I lean not unto my own understanding, but in all my ways I acknowledge You, and You shall direct my paths.
Today I submit myself to Your Word, which exposes and sifts and analyzes and judges the very thoughts and purposes of my heart. (For the weapons of my warfare are not carnal, but mighty through You to the pulling down of strongholds—intimidation, fears, doubts, unbelief, and failure.) I refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the (true) knowledge of You; and I lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
Today I shall be transformed by the renewing of my mind, that I may prove what is Your good and acceptable and perfect will. Your Word, Lord, shall not depart out of my mouth; but I shall meditate on it day and night, that I may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then I shall make my way prosperous, then I shall have good success.
My thoughts are the thoughts of the diligent, which tend only to plenteousness. Therefore, I am not anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition,* with thanksgiving, I present my requests to You. And Your peace, which transcends all understanding, will guard my heart and my mind in Christ Jesus.
Today I fix my mind on whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious. If there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, I will think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix my mind on them].
Today I roll my works upon You, Lord [I commit and trust them wholly to You; You will cause my thoughts to become agreeable to Your will, and] so shall my plans be established and succeed.
In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

Prayer to Love God

Prayer to Love God

Because he has set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him. I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name (has a personal knowledge of my mercy, love and kindness; trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no never).

Psalm 91:14 Amplified

The Lord’s primary commandment to humanity is to love Him. It’s fascinating that He is more interested in your love than He is to your obedience. He’s not demanding submission first and foremost; He wants your love.

Love involves relationship. You can obey a superior without having a relationship with Him or Her. You can submit to an authority figure without having an ounce of admiration for Him nor a smidgen of affection. You can’t love God without a relationship with Him. Love presumes relationship.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

Deuteronomy 6:5

He longs for us to have a personal understanding of His love and kindness and, with that understanding, love Him in return.

It is in loving Him that we reap the benefits of Psalm 91: we receive His help and deliverance. You see, we assume that God just helps and delivers everyone, but is that a correct assumption? It certainly doesn’t bear out in our experience, for everywhere we look, terrible things happen to people. Tragedy strikes us all irrespective of our attempts to live godly lives.

But if we dig a bit deeper, we can see that the promises of God are often contingent on something. The protective promises of Psalm 91 are contingent on our love for God, our willingness to dwell under His shadow–or to abide in Him, as Jesus taught–as well as to deliberately trust in Him in all circumstances.

I’m with You, looking for answers and crying out to God for breakthrough. Could this be it: simply making it our daily task to love our Father God? To bless His name, to continually speak our thanks and whispers of love to Him?

Let’s give it a go! Agree with me in prayer for breakthrough over the challenges we face by learning to love God with everything we have and everything we are.


You have promised to protect me, deliver me, keep me from death, shield me from calamity, command angelic charge over me, grant me victory from my enemy, answer me and help me in times of trouble, and to give me a rich and long and satisfying life, showing me Your salvation along the way.

These magnificent promises are partially realized in areas of my life, but there is one gaping hole, one thorn in my flesh in which I have yet to discover victory. I lay all other questions and requests aside now as I seek just this one thing:

May I be granted the grace to love You more? Give me the understanding to know Your love and to return love to You with all my heart, soul, mind and strength.

I want to love You from my heart.

I want my emotions to be engaged in my worship.

I want to want to love You.

I want my thoughts to reflect how much I love You, my God.

And I want my day-to-day actions to show forth a love for You that is genuine and growing daily.

I believe I receive the answer to this request. I am expecting Your help as I purposely engage in loving You from my heart.

In Jesus’ Name


Do you want God to answer your prayers?

Do you want God to answer your prayers?

Faith does the impossible because it lets God undertake for us, and nothing is impossible for God… Prayer throws faith on God and God on the world. Only God can move mountains, but faith and prayer move God.

E. M. Bounds

Do You want God to answer your prayers?

We all do. We believe in the power of prayer, but when it comes down to our own individual problems and trials, we often don’t have the faith to believe that God will answer. Unbelief and independence trap us. Our lack of faith and our fear of stepping out in dependence on Him are what get in the way. The truth is that the things we do for God should be outside of our own abilities.

They should be evidence that we are depending on Him and trusting in His supernatural ability to do the impossible.

When we back away from dependence on God, we are not living by faith. We are not depending on Him but on our own strength. We need to be willing to attempt things big enough that unless God steps in, we are sure to fail. Faith is like jumping out of an airplane at fifteen thousand feet or walking on a tightrope between two mountains. If God doesn’t catch you or guide your every move, you will fall and crash. But how do you know unless you jump or walk on that tightrope? This is the kind of faith and dependence He is looking for in our lives.

What step of faith is God asking you to take today? What trial are you facing? Will you put everything into His almighty hands, and step out by faith in whatever way He leads? When you do this, you become totally dependent in His dependable hands.


A Prayer for Dependence on God


Dear Lord, I want to learn to trust You with my life and the adversity that I am right now facing. I choose to embrace this difficulty and to make the most out of it so that not one day will be wasted. I say not my will, but yours. I want to learn to trust you right now. I give you this difficult situation and I lay it before You. [Give to the Lord whatever difficulty you are facing.] I trust You to break through in Your way and in Your timing. I thank you that I am unique and that You carefully fashioned me in a special way. Help me to learn what you want me to learn and to go the way you want me to go during this trial. Take the striving out of my life and the self-sufficiency in my heart. Help me not to make my own plans and then ask you to bless them. Teach me to listen to You and then do Your will wholeheartedly. Show me Your plan for this day and help me to live it out joyfully.

Forgive me for all the times in my life where I have forced my own plans and will, and change me to be one who lays everything at your feet. Lord, I want to give you my time and my devotion. I give you my hours of solitude, and I make it my choice to be in Your presence and to practice hour-by-hour dependence on You. Convict me whenever I go my own way. I choose to do it your way now. Help me Lord. I acknowledge my total dependence on you at this moment. All that I have is Yours and belongs to You. All my rights of ownership are Yours because You have purchased me with a great price. You are what I need and You are the one I desire. I am under Your leadership. You are mine and what is Yours becomes mine. I am Your child. Take my weakness and sustain me. I thank You that I am under Your protection. I thank you that You are my security. You are my rock and refuge. Thank You that You know how to manage my life perfectly. I am so blessed because of You.

In Jesus name, amen.

4 Practical Prayers to Ask God for Help

4 Practical Prayers to Ask God for Help

We live in a world that is full speed ahead all the time. It is so easy to get caught up in our daily lives doing what we do: going to work, shuttling kids, running errands, and all the other responsibilities that we have. We live in a society that promotes self-reliance and the idea that we should be “Wonder Woman” or “Superman” and not need anyone.

The constant pressures of life and society make it so easy to forget that we need God in our lives. We get caught up trying to juggle everything ourselves and don’t rely on Him. It’s no wonder we often feel exhausted and at our wits’ end when life keeps piling it on. We need God. Everyone needs Jesus every day. If you have been carrying life’s burdens on your own and haven’t been mindful of how much you need God lately, don’t despair. It happens sometimes, and thankfully we serve an awesome, loving God who gives us a fresh slate every day.

Here are some prayers to help you ask for God’s help:

A Prayer for God’s Help

Dear Lord,

I pray over my circumstances right now. I pray You will give me peace about what I can’t change and the wisdom to change the things I can. I’m asking You to reach into my life and do Your will. Guide me and give me the discernment to hear Your voice. Help me to overcome these adversities and have victory in You on the other side. I thank You for the plans You have for me and give You the praise and glory, even in this current storm. In Your name, I pray.


A Prayer for Faith in God

Dear Lord,

I thank You for the gift of faith. Although things have been difficult, I’m trying to stay positive and keep the faith. Lord, I ask that You help encourage me. Bring a passage of scripture to my attention, send the perfect song my way, or place someone in my life to lift me up. Thank You for all You’re doing that I can’t see yet. In Your name, I pray.


A Prayer for Dependence on God

Dear Lord,

I have been struggling with depending on You. I have been trying to carry this thing called “life” on my own. Thank You so much for being my rock and never deserting me. Even though I have been distracted, I always know that I can lean on You in all circumstances. Help me to keep my eyes on You and not depend on myself all the time. In Your name, I pray.


A Prayer to Know God More

Dear Lord,

Sometimes I get so lost in my life and don’t know what to do. During these times, I wish I knew You more. Help me to grow closer to You and understand You. I want to hear Your voice and let You guide me on this road called life. Please draw closer to me and surround me with people that will help me to know You personally. Ignite a spark in my heart to have a personal relationship with You. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

How God Loves You

God loves you in so many ways. No matter what you are going through, He’s right there with you. God knows your circumstances and your struggles. He knows all the different emotions that you are going through and all the thoughts that run through your head. Still, He loves you, regardless of any doubts or fears that you have.

Some ways that God loves us include:

  • Providing for us in trying times.
  • Bringing a particular passage, scripture verse, or song to our attention to remind us we are not alone.
  • Working in the background of our lives (and others) even though we aren’t able to see it.
  • Bringing the right opportunities into our lives when we feel all is lost.
  • Filling us with His peace and love to comfort us.
  • Sending people into our lives to comfort us, encourage us, and teach us.

How to Have Faith in God

Having faith in God is crucial and goes hand-in-hand with needing Him. There are many ways to have faith in God that are important for long-time believers, new believers, and those who are restoring their faith as well.

  • Have a personal relationship with Jesus. This is most important above anything else.
  • Ask for faith from God. John 14:13 says, “You can ask anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.”
  • When problems arise, seek God first and listen carefully with an open heart.
  • Open up to God about everything, for He already knows every thought that goes through your head.
  • Read the Bible and pray every day.
  • Surround yourself with other believers that you trust and can talk to.

Bible Verses about Our Need for God

“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”

(James 1:5)

“Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.”

(1 Timothy 6:17)

“In those days you will pray, and I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”

(Jeremiah 29:12-13)

Prayer for Your Daily Quiet Time

Prayer for Your Daily Quiet Time

From the moment we wake up in the morning, a lot of things can fill our mind, call our name, and demand our attention. But one thing is sure: time spent first with God, focusing our hearts and minds on what matters most in this life, is time never wasted. And it’s always worth more than we can fully see. Rich treasures of strength, wisdom, and peace, filling our hearts and lives await us.

Yet many times the reality is that our day begins, and we find ourselves still burdened down with the same problems and worries from yesterday. Spirits heavy, thoughts swirling, before our feet even touch the ground.

There’s so much in this life we can feel anxious about, even when we know God’s truth and believe that He’s in control. It can still be a daily battle in our hearts, in our minds.

Today is a gift straight from His hand. And He promises to bring good in whatever we journey through. He’s the very reason we can live with joy right in the battles and have peace that is unexplainable to the world.

As sure as the sun comes up every morning, we can know that God’s mercy and grace always surround, He is never far away, but always close.

I’m resting there this morning, on this new day, hope you are too.

Prayer for Your Quiet Time to Help Focus Your Thoughts on God

Dear God,

Thank you for another day and thank you for your Presence with me. I know you have great purpose in this very day, and I’m so grateful that your plans are good. I give you praise for your compassion and love. I thank you that your mercies are new every morning and your faithfulness is greater than I could ever imagine.

I pray that you’d give me a heart to seek you above all else. Right now, would you please enlighten the eyes of my heart that I might see you and understand your Word. Help me to notice how you’re powerfully at work within me, help me to hear your voice above all the other chatter of this world.

Give me wisdom from your truths, fill me with a desire to faithfully follow after you, more than any other thing. Thank you that you are far greater than whatever I may face in the day. Thank you that your presence goes with me, and that your joy is never dependent on circumstances, but it is my true and lasting strength. I ask for your peace to lead me and for your grace and goodness to cover my life this day. Let your Spirit and power breathe in me and through me again, fresh and new.

And even though I woke up with the same troubles I had yesterday, I know there is great power in my choices. So today, dear God, once again, I choose to listen for your voice above everything else. Forgive me for not trusting you enough. Forgive me for spinning my wheels and trying to work everything out all on my own. Help me to truly let go of what you have asked me to release to you and to believe that you’re at work in ways I can’t fully see. Help me in my unbelief.

“I love you and I need you today.”

I know that you are all-powerful, that you are Sovereign, and that nothing is too difficult for you. Yet today, I still struggle with worry and fear, still carrying the same burdens leftover from yesterday. It’s hard to shake it off even though I’m desperate to leave it fully in your hands. Please lift all the things that are weighing me down, right off shoulders and heavy heart, and give me the peace that only you can provide. I know that you care for whatever concerns me, and your ears are open to my prayers. I know that you understand my struggles, and you see right where I am, even on the days I feel that no one notices. Guard my heart and mind in you today, as I meditate on your words and truth.

I choose to find my joy and strength in you today. I choose to walk in love. I choose to set my eyes on you and off all the struggles and chaos of this world. I choose your peace over worry. I choose kindness over hurry. I choose forgiveness over disunity and resentments. I choose your Spirit-filled power over relying on my own strength and ability. I know that my life is far from perfect, and the enemy would want nothing more than to take me straight down before I even get out the door. But I believe in your truth, and I have Jesus in my life, and because of that, I have all that I need to live free and abundantly for this very day.

Lord, open my eyes to see the power in your Word. Open my ears to know what you are saying. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and draw me close into your Presence. Speak to me and show me your ways, oh Lord. Help me to know your voice above all else.

I love you and I need you today. Thank you for your huge grace.

In Jesus’ Name,


When Prayer is Hard: 3 Insights to Help Sustain Your Prayer Life

When Prayer is Hard: 3 Insights to Help Sustain Your Prayer Life

If you struggle with discouragement when it comes to your prayer life, these insights will keep you pressing into God in prayer despite how you feel in the moment:

1. We can approach the throne of grace with confidence when we know God is moved by our prayers.

Sometimes a lack of confidence that God is pleased with you or that He will even hear your prayers will determine whether or not to pray. If you’ve already counted yourself out of the game, why would you even show up to play?

However, if you believe that even your weakest, most uninspired prayers make a difference, your desire to persist in prayer will increase. And since prayer is a form of worship (and natural companion to it), “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16).

Though your love may feel weak, it’s real in His eyes. He loves even your weakest attempt to spend time with Him. The times when you’re most distracted, God sees the intention of your heart and is moved by it.

2. You have permission to pray for your own heart.

“How often do you pray for your own heart as a leader?”

Wasn’t praying for yourself a prideful thing for you to do? Well, no. Communing with God and asking Him to intervene on your behalf is modeled throughout Scripture.

How many times have you prayed for yourself, for wisdom in your decision-making, or for grace in dealing with people?

Several years ago, someone began making this a normal part of his prayer time and he has seen tremendous fruit from it. Not only has he grown on a personal level in areas like patience, stewardship, and servanthood, but his perspective of those he lead has changed as well, as he have grown to see them more like Jesus does.

Here are some prayers to pray over yourself:

Pray for strength in your inner self: God, grant me according to the riches of Your glory to be strengthened with might by Your spirit in my inner man, that I would know the width, length, depth, and height of Your love (Ephesians 3:16-19).

Pray for wisdom with your time: Lord, I believe that I can do all things because You strengthen my heart. Teach me how to rearrange and reorder my life to make time to stand before You (Philippians 4:13).

Pray for help to become more of a servant-leader: Lord, show me ways that I can serve others and lay down my life for them. Help me to consider others better than myself (Philippians 2:5-8).

Pray for your love to increase: Lord, let my love abound more and more for those I interact with daily. Give me insight, knowledge and discernment into how to better serve and love those You’ve placed in my life (Philippians 1:9-11).

Pray for help to wisely steward what He gives you: Lord, help me manage the people and resources that You’ve given me, that I would serve well and lead with excellence (Psalm 39:4-6; Psalm. 90:12; 1 Peter. 4:10).

Pray for greatness before His eyes and not the eyes of men: Lord, I want to be great in Your eyes and have eternal rewards in the age to come, so help me to serve now and be like You, Jesus, for You came to serve and not to be served (Matthew 20:25-28).

Pray for righteousness to abound in your life: Lord, lead me in paths of righteousness. Let everything I say and do be grounded in righteousness, love, and truth. The enemy is seeking to get me off course, so I will lean into Your strength and You will make my way straight (Psalm 5:8). Help me to study and meditate on Your Word daily, for it is the light that lights my way (Psalm 119:105).

Pray for help to remain in the secret place: Help me to remain faithful in coming before You in secret. I don’t want to try to get oil while I’m leading and serving others; I want to get oil as I sit alone before You in the secret place (Psalm 32:8).

Pray for an increased Spirit of prophecy: Lord, help me to speak things over others that strengthen, encourage, and comfort them on their journey with You (1 Corinthians 14:3) and faithfully testify about You (Revelation 19:10).

Pray for creative ideas: God, give me creative ideas of how to minister to and communicate with to others. There are so many unique people and personalities that I don’t understand, but You do (Philippians 2:5-8).

Pray for grace to follow His leadership: Lord, help me to trust You with all of my heart and not lean on my own understanding, but inquire of You. I trust and believe that You are directing my path (Proverbs 3:5).

Pray for a sustained heart in the mundane: Lord, I recognize that living for You is not possible outside of Your grace. I don’t want to get burned out serving you. Sustain my heart to walk with strength for months and years to come (Colossians 1:11-12).

3. Praying for God’s divine order in your life changes everything.

A leader once told to start praying this prayer over every aspect of life and it has literally been life-changing. He told to pray for divine order in work, friendships, family, finances, etc.

Divine order is synchronization between God’s plans and yours that can only happen when you invite Him into the planning process.

Ultimately, it is when you realize that you are a simply a steward set here by God to care for and manage that which is already His. This prayer will give you peace about every aspect of your life (professional and personal). Although His will for your life isn’t always what you would have chosen, you can eventually see the good in every situation and circumstance.

This prayer has given confidence not only in God’s love for, but in His leadership over your life. Praying this way will expanded your heart, causing you to love Jesus more, opening your mind to His perspective, and truly helped remove the entitlement, offense, disappointment, and stagnancy that affected your heart as a worship leader.

Praying for divine order looks something like this:

“Lord, divinely order my friendships. Bring friends who will sharpen me like iron and take friends out of my path who may not be the best for me. Divinely order my finances. Show me where to give my money, when to sow, and when to store. Lord, Your plan for my life is perfect and I want to get out of the way and allow You to lead me. Let Your will be my will.”

7 Morning Prayers to Use Each Day

7 Morning Prayers to Use Each Day

1. A Prayer for Protection

“Dear Lord, I don’t know who or what will cross my path today. But I do know that You are my Rock and my Fortress. You are my Shield and my Strong Tower. Help me to anchor myself to You today. Teach me how to stand strong in You and choose only Your way today. Help me walk by Your truth and not my feelings. Help me to embrace anything that comes my way as an opportunity to see You at work and as an opportunity to point others to You. Thank You that You love me and nothing can ever take that away from me! Even if I fail today and fall short, You whisper Your unconditional love deep into my soul and remind me that Your mercies are new every morning. That truly amazes me, Lord. Thank You for meeting with me today. Would You wake me again tomorrow with the same sweet whisper of Your love? I can’t wait to meet with You again.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

2. A Prayer for Guideance Today

“Lord, may nothing separate me from You today. Teach me how to choose only Your way today so each step will lead me closer to You. Help me walk by the Word and not my feelings. Help me to keep my heart pure and undivided. Protect me from my own careless thoughts, words, and actions. And keep me from being distracted by MY wants, MY desires, MY thoughts on how things should be. Help me to embrace what comes my way as an opportunity… rather than a personal inconvenience. And finally, help me to rest in the truth of Psalm 86:13, ‘Great is your love toward me.’ You already see the ways I will fall short and mess up. But right now, I consciously tuck Your whisper of absolute love for me into the deepest part of my heart. I recognize Your love for me is not based on my performance. You love me warts and all. That’s amazing. But what’s most amazing is that the Savior of the world would desire a few minutes with me this morning. Lord, help me to forever remember what a gift it is to sit with You like this.


3. A Prayer for a New Day

“I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” – Psalm 16:8

Dear God,
Thank You for another day.
Please watch over my family and friends.
Thank You!

4. A Prayer for Strength

“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3

Give me strength in my weakness.
Give me faith in my fear.
Give me power in my powerlessness.
I’m trusting You.

5. A Morning Prayer

God, please enlighten my mind with truth;
Inflame my heart with love;
Inspire my heart with courage;
Enrich my life with service.
Pardon what I have been;
Sanctify what I am;
And order what I shall be.

6. Four Psalms to Pray for God’s Help

When you don’t know what to pray, Scripture provides the words for you! Use these prayers from Psalms to guide your request for help from God.

H“Hear me Lord and answer me for I am poor and needy.” Psalm 86:1
The first step is to let God know that you need him and want His help.

E“Establish my steps in your word.” Psalm 119:133
Second, ask God for His direction and for strength to stand firm in His promises.

L“Let your compassion quickly meet our needs because we are on the brink of despair.” Psalm 79:8
We often need help because of our past choices and sin. Ask God to help you focus on his compassion and grace to lift you out of your despair and heart ache.

P“Protect me God because I take refuge in You. I say to the Lord, You are my Lord, apart from You I have nothing good.” Psalm 16:1

Whether it’s spiritual protection from Satan’s attacks or physical protection, we can come to God and ask Him to be our protector and provider. Seek refuge and lean on God, not your own strength or abilities. God promises to be your refuge if you will let Him!

7. A Prayer to Overcome Negative Thinking

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for your good thoughts about me. May my thoughts reflect your truth and nothing else. When I have a negative thought, I pray for your help to quickly recognize it and that You would empower me to focus on what is true, pure, and lovely. Thank You Lord.

In Jesus Christ Name I pray, Amen.

Take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. – 2 Corinthians 10:5

A Prayer For Personal Healing

A Prayer For Personal Healing

God, You know me so well. You created me. You know the number of hairs on my head, and You even know the thoughts conceived in my heart before I ever vocalize them. You’ve told us to come to You and ask for every need of life. You are Jehovah-Rapha, the God who heals, and You have the final word on my destiny, the number of years I’ll live and serve You on earth.

I’m coming to You today as Your child, longing to hear from You and asking for Your divine healing. There’s so much I don’t understand about life. But I do know that with one touch, one word, You can make me whole. Please forgive me of my sins, cleanse me of my unrighteousness, and begin Your healing from the inside out

I don’t always know what Your will is Lord, especially in times like now, when I desperately seek Your face. I offer You no promises, no bargains, no deals to exchange for my health. I simply bow my heart before You to tell You the desire of my heart: that I want to spend as many years as I can loving You here, loving others, and wanting to become more like You. However You choose to accomplish that is up to You—and okay with me. If You use doctors to provide healing, give them wisdom to know what to do. Regardless of how You accomplish it, the healing You give is always miraculous. And You deserve all the praise.

I absolutely believe You have the power to heal. You demonstrated that on earth, and You still heal in miraculous ways today. Even when my faith is weak, You say it is enough, and my love for You is strong. And I know You already hold my heart and life in Your hands. It’s up to You. If I can bring You more glory through healing, then that’s what I ask for. That’s what I desire.

But if Your answer is no, or not now, I know that Your grace is sufficient for me. Ultimately, I want Your will to be my will. I look forward to spending an eternity with You. But Lord, if You have planned still more for me to do here on this earth, I not only need and want Your physical healing, Lord, but a thorough, deep-down cleansing and strengthening—a whole-hearted renewal of all that I am. Because all that I am is Yours. Use this trial to strengthen me from a “what-if” faith to a “no-matter-what” faith. And no matter what, I choose to honor You and give You glory.

In Jesus’s name, Amen.