Prayer for joy and peace when discouragement lingers.

One lone sparrow.

So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.

Matthew 10:31 NLT

I am feeling discouraged already. I desparately need the fruit of God’s joy and peace already. There is no real reason why. However I can not let this define my day and must stamp on this attitude now.

If you are feeling discouraged or disheartened today, pray for God’s peace and joy and see what happens.

Dear Jesus,
Thank you that you love me,
And that I am worth so much to you.
So much you died for me, taking my place so that I can live.
Discouragement is lingering,
Trying to seep into my bones,
My inner being and Spirit disturbed.
This is not what you want,
And I cannot let this define my day.
Please keep your armour on me and fill me with your peace.
Let this day be filled with testimonies of your love,
Laughter and pure joy.
I don't know what my day holds,
But one thing I know is that
Jesus, you will not leave my side.
So through you spirit today.
Keep me on your narrow path
Radiating your light to all that I pass.
Amen

A prayer not to just make it through Monday.

I constantly seem to wish my life away to the weekend. Monday I normally label “make it through Monday”. But life shouldn’t be about making it through the day. It should be about living, embracing life and dropping the labels. My Monday today isn’t defined by making it through the day.

Dear Jesus,
I have already woken up feeling like I just need to make it through Monday.
This is not right and I don't want to wish my life away.
The news is doom and gloom,
My energy levels low.
Before my day starts, let me take rest in you.
Restore me,renew me, refresh me.
Bless me with joy,
Give me energy, passion,
And a heart for you.
Let my day be led by you.
Help me to share your love today,
Spread your joy and enjoy my day.
Work,play and family time,
Let it all be to glorify you.
Amen.

A prayer for mercy in adversity

Today’s Five minute Friday prompt word is Mercy You can join in the fun here: https://fiveminutefriday.com As a writing community we write for 5 minutes(ish) no perfection or edits, the words just flow.

mercy – noun – compassion or forgiveness shown towards someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.

I am not going lie or sugar coat things but being a Christian is hard. There are times when situations of the world take control and following God’s will is hard. But we need to lean on him in those times to keep our minds and hearts on track. God is full of mercy and we have to be too, however hard that is.

Lord forgive me as I am not feeling merciful today,
This is wrong and not of you.
I repent for my feelings but they are struggling to go away.
I am left feeling victimised, discriminated against.
Give me a heart of love,
Full of mercy and forgiveness,
To everyone around me no matter what their actions.
Let my actions today be from you, mirroring yours on earth.
Let me stand firm in your teachings,
Filled with your Spirit knowing whatever is going on all around that is nothing compared to losing you.
Keep me in your armour and fill me with the fruit of your spirit,
And let me show mercy to others as you have shown to me,
Let your cross be the picture I carry today.
Amen.


A prayer to start the day.

Dear Jesus
We are not alone,
You are with us always through your spirit.
You never leave us, even when we struggle to feel your presence.
Keep our eyes on you,
Through your spirit today,
Let our actions reflect you.
Let us speak when there is injustice,
Let us share your love to the despairing,
Let us stand firm when being attacked,
And rest in you when we are tired.
Let us test all our decisions to ensure they are from you.
Take away everything from us  that isn't of you.
You are our saviour and our God,
Let us reflect you today,
So all the glory goes to you.
Amen

God’s masterpiece

As an artist pre school finger painting is probably my level! I most certainly will never paint like Michelangelo, Picasso or Constable. But I don’t have to.

Most people that read this will know this verse isn’t about our painting skills.

We are God’s canvas and he is creating a masterpiece in us.

The moment we accept Jesus as our saviour we are freed from chains of sin and wrongdoing and become a totally blank canvas.

It’s our walk with Jesus and our actions that determine if our new blank canvas becomes a finger painting, a Sistine chapel masterpiece or a blackened blotted and spolged gloopy mess.

Even with the best intentions we smudge our artwork, we can do this intentionally or accidentally, but when we do, we say sorry to the artist and ask the artist to adapt and clean the smudges away turning us back into that that masterpiece for his glory.

Let’s stop finger painting in our relationship with God today and ask to become the masterpiece he is wanting to create. Yes he can turn ANYONE into a masterpiece.

Dear Jesus,
Thank you for taking away my sin,
From the moment I accepted you and believed in your cross of forgiveness,
I became a blank canvas.
Let my selfish drives and promotion fade and disappear,
Let me become the blank canvas once more for you to complete your masterpiece.
Let everything I do, be for you and your glory and not for me.
Amen

Prayer – hope in what seems hopeless

Life seems cheap at the moment. There is coronavirus, racism and now explosions. Unemployment is rising, people are still being expolited and there seems little joy in this world.

Dear Jesus
You are our hope.
You are our hope when all seems hopeless.
Your name is power and freedom,
Let people turn there eyes to you.

We pray for strength for all emergency service workers today.
Comfort the broken hearted,
Heal the sick and injured,
Bring peace to the angry,
Forgiveness to the bitter.

Your name is power and nothing is impossible for you Jesus.
Show the world your impossibleness today and let all the glory go to you.

Amen

This is song in my head this morning, by Rend Collective – your name is.power https://youtu.be/sqAmWSfRUqM

Prayer for joy.

Dear Jesus,
You are my rock,
My king, my heart.
You have my attention.

Please bless my day with hope and joy.
May peace flow and mercy reign in my being today.

Let work be peaceful and protect my mind and tongue.
May my words be kind, encouraging and bring your joy to all around me.

In a virtual world let me spread your joy faster than my broadband speed.

In this pandemic you are my hope.
Let me find joy in the news and hope for a cure.
Please Lord Jesus, let this virus flee at your command.
Let the doubters stand in disbelief by all your about to do.
Let your joy surround the earth and all the praise go to you.

Amen










A prayer to start the day.

Dear Jesus,
We thank you that you never leave us alone.
We thank you that your Holy Spirit is with us always.
Please take away everything within us that is not from you.
May the fruit of the spirit be abundant in us and grow with each minute.
Please let us be strong in you today and may we not grow faint.
As your power in us grows stronger, may we become more sensitive to you.
Pour out your wisdom and discernment,
Let us be your beacons of light.
Help us to stand firm and strong on you, our rock.
Lord Jesus, you have already won the war, let us live in your victory and freedom today and everyday.
Amen

The nut of anxiety against the fruit of peace.

I started this blog because I’m not perfect. As a Christian I know I will never be perfect. I am not here to judge or preach. I just want to encourage others letting you know that you are not alone. That we all struggle with emotions at times.

This week I have struggled. The thing with depression & anxiety is it sneaks up on you. You know you are loved, you trust God completely for every situation and know that he won’t let you down.

But as your standing on your rock, your firm foundation, fully clothed in your armour of God. Your eyes are focused on deflecting all arrows. The wind of destruction is gale force 7 around you,  while swaying your eyes are still on the cross.

Depression and anxiety move in. They are sneaky, they know your already focusing on too much and sneak in under your the radar, while your balance is wobbling.

They start whispering in your ear. Making you compare yourself to others. Telling you, your no good. You turn off, try not to listen, then they go for the kill. They use someone else to hit the final blow. In my case this happened at work. Anger rises you lose your cool. You get upset you have failed again.

There’s too much noise in your head, static, lies, anxiety and stress. Depression then kicks the ball into the goal. 1- nil and your not on the winning side.

This is where I start to feel I’m going nuts, off kilter, unbalanced, useless and unhappy. I start to listen to the lies

Worship music is helping but it’s not breaking the chain. It’s sticking a plaster on the pain.

I pray for the spirit it seems so far. I need your fruit that covers this all. More love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. It feels so far away.

In the UK we are still church online. Even though I am not the most social of people, I am starting to miss the church family connection in person, hugs and praying together. We do this online but it’s not quite the same.

I struggle through worship, the sermon I’m a mess. Mainly in tears, praying, repenting desperate for a touch.

The sermon is over, barely heard a word! (I will go back and listen) The thing about our church is though that we communicate during the service and words are read out at the end.

Someone sent in a word today, for someone that needs a difficult conversation at work and that is anxious about this. God’s favour is on you. This sounds like me. Only time will tell. However I lean into God and something happens, something that I have struggled with all week.

Peace.

Peace is with me. God is with me. God is good. The battle may not be over but it is now going in the right direction. Peace is getting stronger and flowing.

May God help you find peace today.

Dear Jesus,
You are our rock.
The world seems crazy at the moment,like every thing is bonkers.
Please stay close with your Sprit, and let your fruit grow within us.
Let us be your beacon of light and listen only to you.
Steady us when we wobble and stray and keep our eyes only on you.
Amen.

Free from the lies to see the truth.

Life seems to be a battle at the moment. 
Too many grey clouds in my head.
The enemy has found a crack in my armour,
An arrow of lies seeping into my mind.

But lies have no substance,
And aren't from my God.
A God who sent his Son for me, to die for truth and liberty.

A lie binds and holds you back.
It has no basis, no love no future.
It wants to keep me chained & depressed.
Making me think lifes no good.
Making me think I'm no good.

I call out for my saviour,
Let him remove the fear,
With a cross of love,accepted in my heart so sincere.
A weapon to smash all chains, so that I can see the truth appear.

I am more than Ok,happy and blessed.
The fuzziness starts to fade in my head,
as I remember I am so loved.
I am unique, not like you, and for that matter you are not like me,
For we are all created and loved individually.

The truth can only smash the lies,
As I pray for the fruit of the Spirit,
To bring me joy, peace patience and more,
And the clouds in my head disappear.

I am a child of God, loved, blessed, free and held.
I am only encouraged by all the truth brings,
As I open my eyes and let the light in.
Let me be the lamp of encouragement, I was made to be.

So if your feeling low today,
Know that you are special,loved and free.
You are worth EVERYTHING to the one who set you free.
Tell the lies you are worth it all the the man who died on the cross for you.











For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.

2 Corinthians 13:8