Dear Lord,

It is hard to come to You honestly today, cause I have been struggling with doubts.  You welcomed the Apostle Thomas when he doubted Your resurrection, and You showed him your nail-pierced hands.  And You welcome me.

I need to see You and feel Your presence.  I have faith but it is weak and I need a renewed sense that You and Your truth are real.  I believe that the Enemy is impacting my faith.  Please help me.  Transform and renew my mind as I offer myself to You in simple faith.  Thank you for Your love for me and help me to cling to You when I am buffeted by waves of doubt.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Dear Heavenly Father,

You know the burden I am carrying right now.  I don’t come to complain or feel sorry for myself. I just don’t want to carry this weight anymore.  It is too much for me.

Thank you for inviting me to bring my burdens to You.  Thank You for letting me be honest about how I feel and my temptation to give up.  Thank You for having empathy for me knowing that I am struggling to express faith and hope right now.  Thank You for Your promise that You will give me whatever strength I need for the challenges of each day—even if I don’t feel strong right now.

I am humbled and grateful that You still accept and embrace me as I am, and that You offer to carry my load for me.  I don’t know how to put this burden in Your hands, but in my heart and spirit I lay the burden down and ask You to take it.  I trust You.

Thank You, Lord for being close to me right now.  You give me hope.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Matthew 11:28-30  “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.” 

God of Strength,

I know that a relationship with you is the only thing that really sustains me.  I have many days when I feel close to You and I know that You always love me.  To be honest, today I am discouraged.  I feel as though I have been relying on myself and not on you, God.  I get distracted so easily and become self-sufficient, rather than relying on You.  I take things for granted and forget to even be thankful—especially to You.

You know the unhealthy dynamics that I have allowed to accumulate in my life, slowing my pace and causing me to stumble.  Please give me the resolve and grace to get rid of the habits and attitudes that keep me from fully serving and loving You.

Please God give me strength to keep moving forward in Your strength and according to Your will for my life.  Please increase my faith and strength in You. 

Thank You, gracious Father, that You have promised to finish the race of life with me and that You will never leave me. 

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen. 

Dear God,

I have drifted from You.  I don’t know why I lost my way, but I miss you.  I want to come back, God.  Please help me.  Somewhere along the way, I took my eyes off of Jesus. 

I know that nothing is more important in life than my relationship with You.  You are the one who turns darkness into light, who forgives my sin and offers me a new life, who welcomes me back with open arms, even after I wandered away and squandered all that You gave me.

I affirm my love for you and come to you humbly.  My faith feels weak but I bring You my praise and worship.  I ask You to give me a new mind and heart, God. 

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen. 

Joel 2:13  "And rend your heart and not your garments. Now return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness, And relenting of evil." 

Dear Heavenly Father,

You reached out to me with kindness and forgiveness before I every gave You the time of day.  You offered me forgiveness for my sins before I was even willing to admit to them.  You loved me while I was unlovable and treated me with compassion.  You gave me mercy that I did not deserve.

Now I need to forgive someone else.  I admit that I am struggling to do that.  I know it is the right thing to do, but the hurt and anger of what this person has done is too great for me.

So, I ask for your help.  I realize that this is a choice to act with compassion toward this person who doesn’t deserve it—much like You were toward me.  Help me to forgive as you have forgiven me.  My sin was forgiven by You, so I declare with my mouth and heart to forgive ____________.  Even though ____________ may never change or apologize or even have a clue how deeply they hurt me, I forgive him/her. 

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Dear Heavenly Father,

You know the thing that continually plagues me and I struggle with.  This isn’t the first time that I have asked You for help with this.  I have come to You before to ask for your help.  Here I am again.  You know how miserable this continually makes me feel, and how it affects my relationships with You and others. 

Jesus, please help me.  I am desperate.  I submit to Your will for my life.  I do not rationalize this or make excuses for it.  I simply do not want to continue to be mastered by it.  I ask that You remove it from me and help me to stand firm and fight against it.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Dear Heavenly Father,

I feel as though I am being tempted.  You know that I want to do the right thing, and I struggle and fail many times.  I am often disappointed and embarrassed with myself, and am discouraged that I am so easily defeated. 

I want to thank you that you understand what I am going through, and for offering me immediate forgiveness.  You promised that if I confess my sin, You are faithful to forgive my sin and to cleanse me from all my sin.  Thank You for still loving me, even when I mess up.

I confess that I don’t have the strength to win this battle.  I can’t do it.  What I am asking for from you is Your strength to overcome the temptations that I can’t overcome through good intentions and personal determination.  My own efforts haven’t worked. 

Please give me Your strength.  Go before me.  Fight my battles with me and for me. Do for me what I can’t do myself.  Thank You for turning my weakness into strength. 

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

I Corinthians 10:13 "No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.  And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it." 

Dear Heavenly Father,

Please forgive me.  I have been walking away from You.  I know that You offer me forgiveness through Jesus Christ and that His blood and sacrifice have covered over and removed the guilt of my sin.  I am so sorry for my sin and need your forgiveness.

Lord, I know that it isn’t by good works that I am saved from my sin, but that it is a gift that You offer to me.  I want and need your forgiveness so bad.  I trust in Christ and Christ alone to forgive my sins and cleanse me from all unrighteousness.  Help me to live the way that you want me to and to trust You more, instead of trying harder to be a “good” person. 

I pray that you will make me aware of Your presence through the Holy Spirit and strengthen me to avoid temptations and sins that so easily entangle me.  Forgive my sins, remove them, and cover them and make me blameless before You.  I pray and receive Your forgiveness through the blood of Jesus. 

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Psalm 103: 8-12  "The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.  He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is form the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us." 

Dear Heavenly Father,

You desire for us to grow and mature in You.  The process of becoming Christ-like lasts a lifetime.  I feel like I’m not very far on that journey.  I confess that I am tossed back and forth with the waves of my circumstances.  I’m up and down emotionally and spiritually.  I get easily frustrated and short-tempered, jealous, and competitive.  I want to change. 

I am willing and ready to submit to Your will for my life and to commit myself to learning more about You through Your Word.  I do that right now.  I say, “Yes” to You, Lord.  I open every area of my life to You—my relationships, my thought life, my entertainment choices, my attitudes, and all of my conversations.  I submit to Your Word and desire to treasure Your words in my heart, so that I might not sin against You.

Thank You that You are faithful to not only forgive me from my sins, but empower me to grow into the person that You want me to be—mature, complete, lacking in nothing.    

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.