Prayer About Overcoming Feelings of Inadequacy (Based on Exodus 4:10-13)

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Author: Ali, Contributor: Elton Streyle and Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali

Heavenly Father, I come to You in Your Son’s Name to thank You for Your wisdom in including stories in the Bible that deal with human inadequacy and how it makes room for You to display Your glory and strength. The stories of Mary, Gideon, Esther, Moses, and others come to mind. When You called Moses to speak to Pharaoh on behalf of the Israelites, he protested in Exodus 4:10, ‘”O my Lord, I am not eloquent…I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” I confess that this is often my response as well. I feel inadequate to fulfill the purposes You have laid out for me, and I tell You all the reasons I can’t do what You have called me to do instead of trusting You.

It is encouraging that for every story of human inadequacy in Your Word, You follow it up with a reminder of Your own adequacy and care for Your people. After Gideon questions how he can defeat the Midianites with his pitiful strength, You reassure Him in Judges 6:16b, “surely I will be with you…” You said a similar thing to Moses in Exodus 4:12. “Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.

Thank you that You choose to use me in spite of my shortcomings, and for Your promise to be with me in every situation. I do not have to worry about being adequate, because as 2 Corinthians 3:1-6 says, it is “not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God.” Direct me, like the people in the Bible, to trust that You will give me the strength and skillsets necessary to accomplish whatever You call me to do. Remind me that, as Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

God as My Fortress and Refuge

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But I will sing of Your power; yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; for You have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble.Psalm 59:16

Lord, thank you for the image this verse portrays of You being all around me. I praise You for being my strong anchor against all foes.

Thank you for the promise in Your Word: “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.1 John 4:4

What a wonderful comfort it is to know that as your child, I can always find refuge in You, my fortress. Teach me how to better grasp the concept of Your faithfulness and to experience it through Your Word.

You have told me many times in Scripture that You want to be my first line of defense. Therefore, I bring to You the following concerns:

*Insert your own concerns here (examples: rejection, illness, children, marriage, friends, travel)

I release these concerns to You so that I, by faith, may receive Your mercy, grace, and help in my times of need. “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

I ask that believers in many parts of the world who are suffering from poverty, war, persecution and natural disasters would turn to You as their shelter and refuge as well.

Thank you that I can rest in Your powerful might, which is stronger than any method of self-defense I could ever devise.

I ask and pray these things to You in Jesus’ Name, Amen.