Healing Holy healer, you alone are the source of life and you alone have the power to makes us whole; I commend myself to your loving care during this time of physical illness, I don’t understand why this is happening to me and I don’t know how it will end, but this I know; that you are the Good Shepherd, and even if I have to go through the valley of shadow of death you will be with me, guiding me to green pastures. Help me to see your hand in the hand of those that care for me and in their work for healing may I see your miraculous hand at work. This I pray in the name of the One who brought healing and salvation to the world, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen
Thanksgiving Loving God, my heart overflows with joy, I just want to say, thank you, thank you for your faithfulness, thank you for your loyalty, and thank you for the gift of faith that has allowed me to see your hidden hand in these events. Grant me a spirit of gratitude that I may praise you in all that I do and share with others the same love that I have received from you. This is my prayer today, in the name of your dear Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Help with addiction How long, O God, how much longer will I have to be bound by this dark force that robs me of my dignity, that threatens the wellbeing of those that love me and that I so dearly love. Like the psalmist, I too ‘cry out to you out of the depths of my despair; hear my voice! I wait for you, my soul longs for you, more than those who keep watch for the morning (Psalm 130:1, 6). But I know that with you there is always hope, I know that you are creating a new life for me, grant me the courage to believe that I can really be free, help me to seek the help that I need. Amen.
Depression Oh God, ‘like the deer thirsts for fresh water so my soul longs for you’ (Psalm 42:1). An invisible thick darkness surrounds me and suffocates me; my soul wilts like a flower in the desert, like a fish without water. Pour your Spirit on me, Lord! like you send the morning dew over flowers and grass; soak my soul with your radiant presence so that the joy of life may be awaken in me once again and my life will blossom like the beautiful flowers of the spring. I can’t, you must, I beg you. Give me the strength to at least accept the help that I need and to see in counselors, therapists and friends your helping hand reaching out to me and calling me back to the light of a new day. Amen.
Financial concerns Lord, you said: “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you,” (Matthew 7:7). Lord, I am knocking, I am searching, I am asking! You know the situation that I find myself in right now, you know exactly what I need to get out of this hole. Like the Scriptures say: “give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that I need, or I shall be full, and deny you, and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ or I shall be poor, and steal, and profane the name of my God” (Proverbs 30:8-9). Help me to learn from the birds of the air and from the lilies of the field, that neither work nor toil and yet You take care of them; grant me faith to trust that even before I open my lips you know what I need. Grant me not what I want but what you know that I need. This I pray trusting in your infinite wisdom and unfathomable love. Amen.
Grief “Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Hear my voice! Let your ear be attentive to the voice of my supplications! (Psalm 130). My soul grieves within me, I cannot contain my pain; my tears are my drink day and night, my thoughts are somber and weigh heavy on me. Why?! I want to know, why did it have to happen?! I don’t know how to pray, but the apostle said that your Holy Spirit “helps us in our weakness . . . interceding for us with sighs too deep for words” (Romans 8:26). He also said that when I am the weakest I am the strongest because it is no longer my strength that sustains me but it is your hand that uplifts me. Hold me, Lord, give me your strength, because I don’t have any right now; help me to get through this, don’t let me forget that every night, no matter how dark, ends with a the dawn of a new day. In Christ’s holy name, I pray. Amen.