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A Prayer for Strength

A prayer for strength, how to stay positive in difficult times

Today’s post will be a bit different from the usual. You may have noticed that I hardly blogged for this month. That was for a number of reasons but I would rather not get into them right now. Perhaps another blog post. In short, from job issues to another death in my family within eight months, to very recent heartbreak, this has been an extremely stressful and emotionally draining month. I thought 2017 was the worst year of my life and that 2018 would be much better. But this year has not started very well. Far from it.

 

But I have to be positive. Dwelling on all of my problems and wallowing in sorrow will not make me feel any better. All I can do right now is rely on my faith in God to help me through these extremely difficult times. So I have decided to write this post in the form of a prayer to seek God’s guidance. It is my intention to draw strength from this prayer to give me the courage and motivation I need to face the rest of this month and this year with positivity.

 

If you are also experiencing difficulties at this time I hope that this prayer may be beneficial to you as well and that you may be encouraged to persevere despite the adversity.

 

I am also including a Psalm that I found to be very relevant – Psalm 26. Coincidentally or not it was the Psalm I chose to read this morning when I woke up as it matches today’s date.

 

My Prayer:

 

Dear God,

 

Thank you for waking me up this morning and giving me the strength to make it through this day. I ask for your guidance and for further strength to help me face these difficult times. I may not fully understand why this is happening to me right now but I know that everything happens for a reason. Please help me to understand. Please help me to deal with my issues in a dignified manner so that I may maintain my integrity throughout.

 

Help me Lord to forgive those who have wronged me so that I can be free from anger and hurt. Help me to heal as soon as possible. Help me to stay focused on my goals despite the pain so that I can live the life that you desire for me. Help me not to harden my heart but to learn from my mistakes and move on with more wisdom and understanding.

 

I pray for anyone else who may be suffering with their own difficulties at this time. Please also strengthen them and give them courage. Help us to remember that nothing lasts forever.

 

Give us grace and resilience to persevere despite the adversity. I know that you are always with us and I thank you for your blessings. In your name I pray,

 

Amen

 

Psalm 26 (King James Version)

1Judge me, O Lord; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall not slide.

Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.

I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.

I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.

I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O Lord:

That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.

Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.

Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:

10 In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.

11 But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me.

12 My foot standeth in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the Lord.

 

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