Caroline was at the brink of sanity after her short talk with her manager. She felt her heart pinch and a huge lump on her throat as she fought back her tears. “You are fired!” Those were the last words she heard that went over and over in her head long after she left the office.
She knew that no matter how she will explain herself, her judgment has been passed. At home, she cried and knelt down on her knees in prayer. Questioning God why she had to go through such trials when she had been serving him all her life.
With no husband to three little children, debts due, bills piled up, and her job threatened, her world crumbling before her eyes. Unable to sleep, she flipped her Bible and read, “Be strong and courageous… Do not be afraid or terrified.” Deuteronomy 31:6, 8.
Like Caroline, many of us face difficulties in life that test our strength and faith in God. During these tough times, when nothing seems to go our way, we cling on to the Power of Prayer.
Often, the pain is too much to bear that we can’t find the right words to say. Here are 21 daily prayers we can say to alleviate our anxiety and fear.
Daily prayers in times of need:
1.- Drowning in Fear
Dear Father, There’s too much chaos in our world, and I feel like drowning in fear and grief. In my most profound sorrow, I cling on You to pull me out of this abyss and shelter me in Your presence.
2.- Thy Will be Done
“Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” (Luke 22:42) I come before thee in sweet surrender. You alone can heal our soul and wounded spirit. You are far more significant than any of our worries on this Earth.
3.- Walking by Faith
Lord, let me walk by faith, not by sight. I cannot see what the future holds. My heart is shattered, and spirit restless. Only You, our God, can calm the storm and hush the waves. Only You can bring us peace.
4.- Weary Prayer
I am a mess right now, my world faltering. Please grant me the strength and resilience to bear the burden and come out stronger and wiser.
5.- Boosting Faith
In this world where nothing seems to make sense, and darkness filled my day. Cast Your light on me, Lord God, as I walk down the valley of darkness.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
6.- Trusting Your Promise
The past hurts, and my future is bleak. Nothing seems to go my way, making me helpless, hopeless. But, I believe in Your promise that You will never forsake me. In time, you will reveal the answer to my prayers.
7.- Resting in your Love
I am lost and trapped within my own prison wall. Open your doors for your estranged child. Let me rest in Your embrace.
8.- This is God’s Battle
Your wounded child bows before You. I have faced countless battles, my body, and my soul bleeding in tears. Wash me with Your unconditional love and defend me from my enemies.
He said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. (2 Chronicles 20:15)
9.- Your Calming Voice
Please calm my heart from all the noises around me. I long to hear your comforting words and hush me to sleep in your warm embrace.
10.- With God On My Side
When doors had closed before I and betrayal shattered my trust, I will knock on Your door, welcome my troubled heart and soul. My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help. This, I know: God is on my side. (Psalm 56:9)
11.- Deliver Us from the Crisis
Lord, amid the crisis today, I ask for Your power to aid our front liners and to keep everyone safe. I also ask for Your unwavering patience to be poured down upon us while we wait for help, for the quarantine to end and for the virus to stop spreading.
Because I know that You have plans for us and You always have the perfect timing for everything.
12.- I am Yours
When I say I am not good enough, you told me that I am Yours. I knew then that there is no love better than Yours, for you love me before I was even born.
13.- The Crisis Prayer
Through this crisis, we learned that nothing in this world is permanent. We humbly beseech your grace as we stand up once again and remember what matters most. For it is not the wealth on Earth that makes us rich but the love and trust You have showered on us through our brothers.
14.- Living in Trust
Fear has taken over my life Lord God. Forcing me to stop, bewildered, and depressed. Only You can empty my anxious heart and replace it with your powerful embrace. Help me trust in the unknown and bring peace to my wandering soul.
15.- God is in Control
Our human mind is limited. Not everything can be explained through science. For all the things we can’t explain nor control, teach us to let go. When bad things happen, our good God is still in charge.
16.- Come to the Lord
We rest our weary soul at the foot of your cross. For you said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
17.- Calling For Help
The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help; He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time. (Psalm 34:17-19)
18.- The Sovereign Lord is my strength
I trembled inside when I heard this; my lips quivered with fear. My legs gave way beneath me, and I shook in terror. I will wait quietly for the coming day when disaster will strike the people who invade us.
Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer able to tread upon the heights. (Habakkuk 3:16-19)
19.- Great Oaks
Even amid grief, I turn to You my God. For you said in Isaiah 61:3, To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory.
20.- The Lord is My Shepherd
Even if my shepherd deserted me, Jesus would find me. “For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” (Luke 19:10)
21.- Source of All
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you.
Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us. (2 Corinthians 1:3-7)
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Continuously say comforting prayers to heal the broken heart and weary soul. Let us not be burdened when God doesn’t answer our prayers right away. He is watching us in silence, waiting for us to be prepared for His blessings.
Often it may come in ways we never expect. It may even come as a failure. But worry not because these are not rejections but a redirection to His way.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Just like Caroline, in God’s time, he redirected her to a job that allowed her to work at home next to her children. Like hers, your prayers will be answered in God’s time. Listen to His word and have faith in His promise.
Read the Bible. Silence your mind and calm your heart so You can hear the Holy Spirit speaking. “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. (John 14:27).
If you find reading the Bible daunting, use the New Living Translation (NLT) to shed light on your scripture reading.