(Colorado Springs, CO)
Dear St. Joseph,
You answered my prayers once before when I asked you for help in selling a house, a house that I loved and was forced to leave due to an unwanted divorce. I was heartbroken, so many dreams having gone down the drain, and it was just too much to stay there, nor could I.
I’ve been looking for a new home, renting this one for the last 14 months. It’s time for me to settle down and start anew, a blank, white page. I found a home and put an offer down. It was rejected, I negotiated, it was verbally accepted, and now only one of the couple has signed the agreement, the other one playing roller coaster games. It’s almost too much to bear. I have a house, then I don’t. The house is empty; they are already moved out. I am a qualified buyer. I don’t know what the hesitancy is, but please help them to see that I am the person meant to have the house, meant to love it and make it a home. Please intercede your reasoning; unburden them of their angst and give them the strength to let go.
Please hear my prayer. Amen.
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by K2 (USA)
My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? I’ve been calling out to You for months and years now and yet my prayer has gone unheeded. The rifts in my family are still strong and are growing stronger. Everyone still has health problems, debt problems, and incredible amounts of stress.
I can only thank You that my niece’s life was saved just in time but her problems will still continue to affect her for the rest of her life. She has developmental delay, life-threatening allergic reactions to common things, and respiratory problems that strike suddenly and require immediate transportation to the ER. My father and mother suffer from injuries and health problems that twist their bones and muscles, cause frequent and painful muscle spasms, and have other health issues as well.
My sister’s ex-husband digs in his heels to avoid his financial responsibilities to his child. There are some people who have stolen money from us, a family who can not afford it, and/or refused to acknowledge/treat us as human beings worthy of respect and fellowship and dignity. My own health problems are still causing me to suffer and have forced me to take a year off from school.
My apathy, depression, and anxiety merely increase day by day and I have lost my ability to have hope and faith. I feel hopeless and lost and my only companion is despair and massive amounts of school loans. I have no passion and I have lost my zest for life and any positivity. I am not sure if I can go back to school because my apathy for everything is so great I have lost even the ability to “like” things related to a career or anything else let alone “love” them.
I am so so tired of being alone with no one to provide comfort or a willing ear to listen. My friends are too mired in their own problems when I try to confide in them about the physical and emotional abuse I suffered at the hands of my previous boyfriends that have caused PTSD, my current unemployment, the extreme discomfort of my current living situation, and my health problems. I am so tired of always giving everything I can until there is nothing left but never receiving anything for my kindness and hard work.
Sometimes I feel like a free mental health counselor and a hamster in a wheel… going and going but in the same place and so alone. I do not even know if writing this will help or if You hear me or if You even care. This is my last ditch effort my God. I am writing to You out of the last dregs of my Faith and the last shreds of my Heart and Soul if they are still even there. Please my God, if You are there and if You love me then HELP me and help my family. It’s a new year my God, 2013 A.D.
I ask that the pains and sufferings of previous years be wiped away and from now on it will be a fresh start full of Hope, Faith, Love, Joy, Wisdom, a Knowing for where and when to concentrate Efforts, and Success for Endeavors.
Good morning! Are you looking for a fresh way to start the day, wondering how to greet God in the morning, thankful for another opportunity, or unsure what to say as you face a challenge or crisis? Whether you are ready and raring to go today, fearing what awaits, or just uncertain of what to ask, pray along with these words and give your day to the Lord!
Good morning, Lord! Today’s a new day, a chance for a new start. Yesterday is gone and with it any regrets, mistakes, or failures I may have experienced. It’s a good day to be glad and give thanks, and I do, Lord. Thank you for today, a new opportunity to love, give, and be all that you want me to be.
Today I want to start the day with you on my mind and in my heart. As I dress, let me wear the armor you’ve provided daily: the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the belt of truth, the shoes of peace, and the sword of the spirit—with prayer on my tongue: praise for you and petitions for those around me and those I meet.
Feed me today with your daily bread. As the Bread of Life, your food, like manna, will sustain me throughout any trials and hungers. Help me to set my thoughts on things above and to speak only what will help and encourage others. Keep me from putting my foot in my mouth, and help me guard the affections of my heart today, Lord. Make whatever work I do be marked with excellence rather than perfectionism, as I seek not to make a name, but to make a difference. Help me to treat each person I encounter as you would, with respect and love, forgiving others and asking for forgiveness myself when needed.
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As I start this day, help me remember that I belong to you, and my desire is to act accordingly. Keep my feet from stumbling and my mind from wandering into distractions that could steal precious time and energy from the most important things you have designed for me. I’m proud to be your child, Lord. And I’m so grateful that you died for me—rising again on your own new morning—so that every day could be filled with the wonder of your love, the freedom of your Spirit, and the joy of knowing you.
I know earthly life is short and fleeting, Lord. But I want to live today as if it were the first or the last day of my life, giving thanks for every good and perfect gift you choose to give. Today, and every day, I want to live my life for you, Jesus. In your precious name, Amen.
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Rebecca Barlow Jordan is an inspirational author, speaker, and passionate follower of Jesus who loves to encourage others heart to heart. She has written 11 books and over 1700 other articles, greeting cards, and other inspirational pieces. Her daily devotional Daily in Your Presence is available for delivery through Crosswalk.com. You can find out more about Rebecca at www.rebeccabarlowjordan.com.
Publication date: August 4, 2015
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It’s Monday. Most of us have meetings to go to today or later this week. Here is a prayer before a meeting. It’s published on the St. Louis University Prayerbook, a site where members of the SLU community share prayers.
Heavenly Father, we come to you today asking for your guidance, wisdom, and support as we begin this meeting. Help us to engage in meaningful discussion; allow us to grow closer as a group and nurture the bonds of community. Fill us with your grace, Lord God, as we make decisions that might affect the students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends of Saint Louis University. And continue to remind us that all that we do here today, all that we accomplish, is for the pursuit of truth for the greater glory of You, and for the service of humanity. We ask these things in your name, Amen.
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