For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
Around this time I said goodbye to my dad and headed home to Florida. It was so tough to leave his side. I wanted to stay but in my heart I knew that it was time to go. As much as I wanted to keep life on hold, it just didn’t work. Life just keeps right on going. I’m thankful for the three and a half weeks I had with my dad. I will never regret spending that time with him. It was nice to be able to go up daily to see him and encourage him. Throughout my time with my dad I really relied on Scripture. I never would have survived the stress of this without being in the Word. I wanted to share with you some of the prayers I wrote in my journal and give you a peak in to how I survived this. I hope that you can make these prayers your own and use them to walk through your current storm. May God make His Word come to life for you and revive your weary spirit!
Journal entry from May 5th, 2013…
“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.” ~Nahum 1:7
Lord, you are my refuge as I face this current battle. You are my safe place to run to! I find comfort in You! Thank you for caring for me and for never letting me go.
“Many are the woes of the wicked, but the LORD’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him.” ~Psalm 32:10
Lord, may your unfailing love surround me as I place my trust in you and your promises!
Journal entry from May 6th, 2013…
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” ~Hebrews 11:1 (NASB)
Lord, my physical eyes keep deceiving me as I see my dad in this condition. I see a man who can’t eat, can’t talk, and can’t walk. My eyes see the physical realm because that’s all they are capable of seeing. Lord, please train my eyes to focus on the spiritual realm. May I place my faith in you. May I remember that you are constantly at work and even though I can’t see the details of your workmanship… I can trust it! I can trust You!
“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 1:6 (NASB)
God, I know you have begun a good work in my dad and if that work was finished you would have taken him home to be with you. I have to believe that you still want to use him on this earth and that your work through him is bigger than I can comprehend.
“But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” ~Romans 8:25
Lord, please teach me how to wait patiently, how to pray fervently, and how to serve passionately. May I walk through this current storm with my heart set on You and Your promises. Please use me through this to be a voice for eternity. May this time period not be spent in vain!
Journal entry from May 12th, 2013…
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” ~James 1:2-4 (NASB)
Lord, I pray with all my heart that this test of my faith will prove to strengthen my spiritual muscles. May I serve you like never before and have an increased awareness of what it means to have the mindset of Christ!
Please feel free to print out these prayers and make them your own. I hope they will be a source of encouragement to you and that God will help you design your own prayers from Scripture.
Dear Father God, Thank you for your living word that refreshes and revives my weary soul. There is nothing too big for you to handle! Nothing takes you off guard. I’m so blessed to be serving the only one who can bring good from anything I go through. I cling to your promises and trust in you with all my heart. May you continue your incredible work through this and may these circumstances serve to honor you!
Loving the Word,