Prayer for a Stronger Faith

 

By Jana Phelps

In our lives, there are many changing seasons. We go from feeling joyful and close to the Lord, to grieving and feeling like he is distant. Our faith decreases when we look around us, instead of up at God and His purpose. No Christian goes through this life without feeling weak in their faith at times, but we all can take comfort in knowing our God is Emmanuel-- He is with us in every season, whether good or bad.

May this prayer grow your faith, encourage your weary heart, bring you hope, and remind you of God's constant presence and endless faithfulness and bring you peace, love and joy throughout the year.

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Jana is the Congregational Care Coordinator at First Presbyterian Church of Sioux Falls. She can be reached at janaphelps@fpcsiouxfalls.org.

A Prayer for Faith and Hope in a Hard Year

Dear God,  Thank you for helping us to make it through this difficult year. Thank you that you’ve carried us through the uncertainty of deep waters, through the flames of trials, and through the pain of hard losses. We are constantly aware of how much we need you, your grace, your strength, your power working through even the toughest days.

Help us to keep our focus first on you this season. Please forgive us for giving too much time and attention to other things, for looking to other people before coming to you first. Help us to reflect again, on what Christmas is really all about. Thank you that you came to give new life, peace, hope, and joy. Thank you that your power is made perfect in our weakness. Help us to remember that the gift of Christ, Emmanuel, is our greatest treasure, not just at Christmas, but for the whole year through. Fill us with your joy and the peace of your Spirit. Direct our hearts and minds towards you.

Thank You for a reminder that both in seasons of celebration and in seasons of brokenness, you’re still with us. For you never leave us. Thank You for a daily powerful Presence in our lives, that we can be assured your heart is towards us, your eyes are over us, and your ears are open to our prayers. Thank You that you surround us with favor as with a shield, and we are safe in your care.

Without you we would surely fail, but with you, there is great hope. Thank you for your healing power; thank you for bringing us into this new season up ahead. We look forward to all that You still have in store. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Rachel Dawson, Crosswalk.com

A Prayer for a Heart of Worship

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Father, I want to worship only You.

Take me deeper in my prayer life and in intimacy with You. Help me to walk in Your light and holiness. I want to know You more. “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord” (Psalm 89:15). Give me joy in Your presence and help me to bring joy into the lives of others. “You make known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand” (Psalm 16:11). I want to dwell in Your house and gaze on Your beauty. I want to seek Your face. “One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple… Hear my voice when I call, O Lord" (Psalm 27:4, 7). In Jesus’ name, amen.