“There is no one like You among the gods, O Lord, Nor are there any works like Yours. All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, And they shall glorify Your name. For You are great and do wondrous deeds; You alone are God.” (Psalm 86:8-10)
You deserve all glory and honor Lord! Yet I know I don’t always glorify you. My sin is a stain against all that I say I am in you. I am so sorry, forgive me for not giving you glory. Lord, help me see how to best glorify you. I think it might start with always acknowledging you, in all that I do. I want to glorify and enjoy you — help me, Father!
12. Give me a generous heart.
“A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” (Proverbs 11:25)
Lord, though you bless me, I often withhold blessing others. I am sorry — please forgive me. You are so generous toward me — your unending love and immeasurable grace are more than I deserve. Thank you, Lord. Help me see where I can be generous with my time, gifts and money. Help me give joyfully.
13. Erase my worries.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
Lord, take these things that worry me. I lay them now at your feet, naming each of them and lifting them into your arms. I know that you can’t erase the situation, but you can take the worry and bear the burden with me. Lord, fill my mind with your truth, replace the worry with truth that you are good, you are with me and that the things that worry me cannot ever separate me from you.
14. Help me.
“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.” (Psalm 34:17)
Lord, help me. You know this situation I face. It follows me around all the time — I feel like I can never escape it. Help me! As your child, I ask you, Father, step in and help! Give me wisdom that can only come from you. Give me confidence that you are with me. Help me see this with your eyes and to do what is right.
15. Let my words be uplifting.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29)
Lord, forgive my tongue and how I sin against you with it. Whether it is gossip, negativity, lies or rude talk — how often I sin with this tiny part of my body! I have to control my tongue or it will control me. Lord, help me develop a habit of uplifting word. I have to replace the negative with the positive. I pray the words of my lips would praise you and that gentleness and kindness would always be on my tongue.
16. Forgive me and help me forgive others.
“If you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” (Matthew 6:14)
Lord, I ask first of all for your forgiveness. For my actions, and my thoughts. I know that before I can take the spec out of my neighbor’s eye, I have to take it out of my own eye. Forgive me, Lord! And help me forgive those who have hurt me. I know I can only fully forgive when I know how deeply I am forgiven. Thank you, Lord, that I do not live under condemnation but under grace. Help me give grace as I am given it: fully, completely, unreservedly.
17. Thank You for being in control.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Lord, give me hope. I can’t find it in anything apart from you. Even as parts of my life feel totally out of control, I know that you hold it all in the palm of your hand. Easily, simply, you hold all things. And I know you will take care of me. I know your plan is good, even if the trials are hard. Help me give control over to you, even if I have to surrender several times a day. Help me give it up to you and keep giving it up to you. Amen.
18. Teach me. Guide me. Show me what to do.
“Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me.” (Psalm 25:4-5)
Lord, I need your wisdom. I need your instruction. As I read your Word, help me fit the puzzle pieces of this puzzling situation together. Give me guidance. Thank you for giving these things to your children!
19. Purify my mind.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)
Lord, even if I could go a day without physically sinning — oh how my thoughts would betray me! I can’t go even an hour without sinning against you, particularly with all of my anxious, angry thoughts. Forgive me, Father. Purify me, purify my mind. Take out the bad and refill me with your Word. Fill me with Scripture, let it stay in my mind and linger in my heart. Wash me and I will be made clean, you promise that Lord — please, cleanse my mind!
20. Thank You. Again. Always.
“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Lord, thank you. Thank you that you have never left my side today, not for a second. I know I may not feel your presence, but I know the truth: you are always here for me, you are always with me. Lord, I could not have done what I did today without you. All my successes are by your grace. All my failures teach me to cling to you. All my sorrows draw me into your arms. All my joys pour over to bless others. Help me Lord, each day, to put you above all. In Jesus’ precious name I pray, Amen.
Kelly O’Dell Stanley is a graphic designer who writes. Or maybe a writer who also designs. Either way, when she found the place where writing and design intersected, she discovered that was exactly where she wanted to be. The author of Praying Upside Down and Designed To Pray, Kelly loves to explore prayer and faith in creative ways because she knows that God is the Ultimate Creator. And when she puts her creativity into action, she always discovers more of Him.