Day 12 - Praying for Steadfast Emotions



Father God,

We ask for hearts that are filled with Your peace (John 14:25-27); that we would not be worriers, worrying over every little facet of our lives.  (Matthew 6:25-34)  May we dwell on the truth that You will keep in perfect peace, he whose mind is stayed on You.  (Isaiah 26:3)  We pray that when our hearts do become anxious, that in prayer we would bring every detail, small and large to You, trusting You to guard our hearts and minds from what is bothering us.  (Philippians 4:4-6)  May You, the Lord of peace himself, give us peace at all times and in every way.  (2 Thessalonians 3:16)  

We also ask for hearts that are full of joy.  Give us the gift to enjoy specifically what You have called each of us to do, so that we may laugh and be cheerful all the days of our lives.  (Ecclesiastes 3:9-14)  Help us to remain in Christ so that our joy would not come from our circumstances, but from His joyful nature being in us.  (John 15:10-11)  May the happiness of our hearts rise up into cheerful faces.  (Proverbs 15:13-15)  May the cheerfulness of our hearts be like good medicine to ourselves and to others.  (Proverbs 15:30)

Teach us to not be controlled by our emotions, especially those times when we seem to be especially vulnerable - when we are tired, angry, lonely or depressed.  In those times, help us to remember that we may be hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned, struck down, but not destroyed.  (2 Corinthians 4:7-12)  Even when our spirits tell us to throw in the towel, help us to not grow weary, knowing that at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  (Galatians 6:7-10)

When we are tired, may we not continue to push ourselves, but take time to rest; for those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.  (Isaiah 40:28-31)  When anger threatens, may we remember that anger resides in the laps of fools.  (Ecclesiastes 7:9)  May we remember that a gentle answer will turn away wrath and a harsh one will stir up matters worse.  (Proverbs 15:1)  Rather than letting our anger take over, may we be quick to listen and slow to speak.  (James 1:19,20)  When we are lonely, may we remember that You are with us always.  (Matthew 28:20)  When we are depressed, may we remember that weeping may last for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.  (Psalm 30:5)

© margaret young