Prayer on Hope and Trust


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

All-knowing Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank You for the encouragement You give me when I read in Your Word about how You have my present and my future under Your control. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” Jeremiah 29:11.

My hope rests in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, and with You there are no hopeless situations. In my weakness, it is a blessing to hear You say, “…My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness...” 2 Corinthians 12:9.

Lord, direct me away from the danger of the misplaced hopes of the world that keep me from anchoring myself in You. Instead, continually show me how my hope is based on my relationship with You.

Give me confidence in Your promise that You are working for my good in all things, even the things I do not understand. “And we know that all things [illness, problems, failure, betrayal, etc.] work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

Strengthen my confidence in You as I immerse myself in Your Word, believing who You say You are and worshipping together with fellow believers.

Give me the privilege of experiencing the truth of the prophet Isaiah, who said “…those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Thank you that I can bring these praises and requests to You in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Trusting God in Difficult Times: A Prayer Based on Psalm 86

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

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to thank you for being my refuge in times of trouble and for lifting me up when I am discouraged. “The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of troublePsalm 9:9.

It is a privilege to know that no matter what situation I may be in, I can trust that You are in control and always know what is best because “…You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truthPsalm 86:15.

Like the psalmist David, I come to you with the request in Psalm 86:1-4. “Bow down Your ear, O LORD, hear me; for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am holy; You are my God; save your servant who trusts in You! Be merciful to me O Lord, for I cry to You all day long. Rejoice the soul of Your servant, for to You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.”

Show me anything in my life that is a hindrance to You being able to work in and through me. “For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon YouPsalm 86:5.
As I grow in my walk with You, “teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your namePsalm 86:11.

Lastly, I yield myself to You to be used by You as an example to those that You want to show Your mercy and other attributes. “Show me a sign for good, that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed, because You, LORD, have helped me and comforted mePsalm 86:17.

Thank you for guiding my prayer with this Psalm. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.