Are you exhausted?
I think I speak for all of us when I say “Yes” to this question. If you’re not at the moment, you will be. If you are lucky enough to have never been exhausted, don’t worry, you’ll get there.
Being at a point where you feel insufficient, incapable, and indecisive is terrible. Even suffering from physical, mental, or emotional exhaustion can make you unenthusiastic about anything. Let alone if you are at a breaking point with all three.
Guess what? God can help. Here are threeprayers that are short and effective. They each have a specific focus so you can use the one that most fits you where you are.
Prayer for Emotional Strength
Dear Heavenly Father,
I’ve reached my emotional breaking point. I am full of doubt, despair, and anxiety. I’m dissatisfied and don’t know where to turn.
I pray to ask you for emotional strength. Please give me trust, joy, and excitement so I can be lifted from this dark place and become the person you created me to be.
Please be with me and give me comfort and fill my heart with your goodness.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Prayer for Mental Strength
I have reached a mental overwhelm with everything in my head. I am struggling to remember, I feel as though my brain is going half speed and I can’t even make sense of minor things.
Give me mental strength so I can comprehend things that are constantly thrown at me. Please give me the capacity to memorize important material and recall it quickly. Also give me the ability to distinguish between things so that I make good choices and learn quickly.
Father I ask that you be with me, constantly giving me knowledge so I am wiser, smarter, and more prepared.
In Christ’s name I pray, Amen.
Prayer for Physical Strength
My body is broken. I’m hurting from injury, sickness, and fatigue.
Please give me the strength to recover and become stronger. Help me rebuild my body to full health, and be with me as I use my body for things that would honor You.
Help me as I go about my day. Grant me the power and strength to work and do things to the fullest of my ability.
In Your Son’s name I pray, Amen.
My Prayer for You
Dear Gracious Father,
You’ve given us so much. You pour out your blessings all around us and we’re grateful.
Right now I want to lift up the person reading this prayer. God I pray that you heal them where they are sick, fill them where they are empty, and be a friend to them in all the ways they feel lonely.
I pray for their weaknesses Lord, and ask that you give them strength. Pick them up and be with them as they carry on through today. Bless them and guide them so they would do things that honor you. Bless them and keep them and give them peace.
This I ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.
I hope these prayers will help you as you seek strength in different areas of your life. I also sincerely pray for you. I don’t know your prayer requests, but God does. My prayer for you is that he lifts you up and gives you strength.
If you are interested in joining a prayer community that shares prayer requests with each other, and has a strategic approach to prayer, I ask that you visit our Daily Prayer Newsletter and see if it’s right for you. It’s been a blessing to me and the people who have joined.
May God be with you.
A Prayer for Mental Healing
Psalm 18:1-31, Psalm 42
Reflections of the Heart:
We receive comfort in these words, “Those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (NLT)
Wonderful Father, You are great and most worthy of praise. You are to be feared above all gods. The earth is Yours and everything in it; the world and all its people belong to You. You laid the earth’s foundation on the seas and built it on the ocean’s depths. You are the King of glory; the Lord strong and mighty. You are the Lord, invincible in battle. O Lord, you have performed many wonders for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. You have no equal. We are grateful that when we, Your people, call to You for help, You hear and rescue us out of our troubles. Thank You for giving us Your peace and joy. Thank You for providing a life of hope, abundance, and destiny. Thank You for being our strength in times of weakness.
Father, You said that You would give rest to all who are weary and heavy burdened. Your yoke is easy and Your burdens are light. We are supposed to trust in You with all of our hearts and not depend on our own understanding. We are to seek Your will in all that we do and You will show us which path to take. You are the God who will bring rest to our souls. We trust in Your Word and believe that Your Word will be operative in the hearts and souls of those with mental illnesses. We confess that when they walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive them and stretch forth Your hand and save them. You have left Your gift of peace of mind with them and we pray that their hearts will not be afraid. We confess, even though they may be pressed on every side by troubles, they will not be crushed and broken. They may feel perplexed, but they will not give up and quit. They may be hunted down, but You will never abandon them. They may be knocked down, but they will get up and keep going. Father, we confess that they will lie down without fear and enjoy pleasant dreams. They will not be afraid of the threat of disaster or destruction; for You are their security.
Holy Spirit, we ask You to replace sadness with joy, defeat with victory, and fatigue with praise. Help those who feel depressed or sad to not focus on their circumstances, but rather focus on Your blessings in their lives. Remind them to praise You at all times. We ask that You bring all things to their memory that concern You and Your plans for their lives. Give them power as they meditate on Your Word. Help them to keep Your commandments and embrace them in their hearts. Father, help them to not be conformed to this world, but transformed by the renewing of their minds through Your Word. Holy Spirit, we ask that You strengthen and renew their innermost being. Let the fiery darts of the enemy not permeate their being. May they always hear Your voice and obey Your will. Father, please help them to overcome their fears. Please strengthen their family members and caretakers and help them to always walk in Your peace and love with their loved one(s).
Merciful Father, forgive them for sin. Forgive them for worry and fear. Forgive them for being anxious. Forgive them for not being diligent in fasting and praying. Forgive them for not trusting You at all times. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed.) Holy Spirit, remind us all of those we need to forgive and help us to be quick to forgive. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to show you names or faces of people that you may need to forgive. As He shows you, say aloud, “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)
Help them not to yield to temptation; but deliver them from the evil one.
Father, You are the Lord God Almighty! Let the whole world glorify You, Lord; let it sing Your praises! You will march forth like a mighty hero. You will come out like a warrior, full of fury. You will shout Your battle cry and crush all of Your enemies. You alone are worthy to receive glory and honor and power. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture References for the Written Text: Psalm 96:4, Psalm 24:1-2,8, Psalm 40:5, Psalm 34:17, Matthew 11:28, Proverbs 3:5-6, Psalm 138:7, John 14:27, II Corinthians 4:8-9, Proverbs 3:24, Psalm 34:1, John 14:26, Romans 12:2, Matthew 6:13, Isaiah 42:12-13, Revelation 4:11
Today, I will trust God to:
There’s been a lot of conflicts lately. Actually, there’s always been a lot of conflicts. The whole history of human evolution is filled with strife, war, famine, disease, rape, and taxes. It’s really no wonder that people turn to religion for answers. If our leaders abuse us then who is left on our side (maybe this book has the answer)? It’s not only the leaders who abuse but also those who take themselves to be leaders. There are many aggressive betas who would love nothing more than to intimidate anyone who doesn’t comply with their every whim. Yes, it’s surprising that the weaker someone is the more likely they are to try and intimidate. How can we overcome these a-holes? We just need to pray for strength.
What Prayer Isn’t
So what am I not suggesting? I’m not saying pray for a million dollars or for retribution or to do it in lieu of acting. There’s still room to talk, earn money and take action. Prayer is not sitting idly by and staring at your navel. Prayer is not unnecessarily evangelizing or Bible-thumping. It’s not my opinion that it’s political (although I REALLY BELIEVE all the politicians are devout Christians like they say 🙄). Most importantly, it doesn’t make you weak.
What Prayer Is (To Me)
For a while, I think strength has been defined in masculine terms but it’s taken on a new meaning lately. Even so, as far ago as Lao Tzu in the Tao Te Ching, there have been more traditionally “feminine” concepts of strength. These include water metaphors (think Bruce Lee) or the resilience of a flexible young tree bending under duress instead of snapping like an established tree. Seems to me, when you pray, you get in touch with this darker, feminine strength which isn’t so obvious. For example, someone called me a piece of shit today. Maybe he’s right but, remember, flowers need to grow in fertile environments and that’s what manure is. Maybe prayer has made me into a piece of crap so I can be creative!
How Do You Do It?
Pray by being quiet. Haven’t you noticed that the loudest people tend to almost always sound stupid? Again, I’m not saying, “Do not speak up.” No. I’m saying that, when encountering a challenge, first look within. Watch what arises in you. Do not go pointing fingers, demanding your rights be respected or otherwise brandishing the sword. Say only as much as you need and no more. You’ll have plenty of time to introspect later. In that alone time, your inner waters will clarify and, without external pressure, a better answer is likely to float up. The truth is, I don’t know of any god. What I have seen though is that, if you practicing using your intelligence enough, it grows stronger.
In summary, pray for strength. If you follow a religious tradition then maybe those methods are best for you and maybe they’re not. Find something that works for you. That method could be totally wrong in the eyes of others but it’s your inner feeling that matters. I don’t know for sure but it seems that, by setting the calmer example, you will show others that there’s a better way and you won’t need to be loud about it. Your actions will follow your values so, if you place silence as your highest value, your actions will engender silence. Hopefully, this has been helpful. If so, leave a comment and check out my other Mental Health for Musicians posts here. If you want to read an awesome book and support me at the same time then get the Tao Te Ching. It’s one of my favorite books and I’ve been carrying it around with me since 2001. Thanks.