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5 Prayers to Guide Your Career Decisions

When we live out our life’s purpose without having to work so hard, we won’t miss out on the milestones of life. Here are five prayers to move the mountain of career in your life.

5 Nighttime Prayers for Protection

Nighttime offers a unique opportunity to connect with God. At night, we’re often more relaxed than we are in the midst of busy days, so we’re less distracted at night than during the day. That can help us perceive God’s presence with us more. We also tend to reflect on our lives in the evening before going to sleep, and that can help us see our need for God. It’s important to seek God’s protection through prayer, and nighttime is a valuable time to do so. A night prayer for protection can be a powerful way to entrust our lives and loved ones into God’s care. Here’s why it’s worthwhile to pray a night prayer for protection, and 5 night prayers for protection to use in different situations. Why Pray a Night Prayer for Protection?Praying for protection at night allows us to rest in the assurance of God’s unfailing love, knowing that he is our ultimate protector. Psalm 91:4 beautifully reminds us of God’s love and power: “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”When we sleep, we are vulnerable. Praying for God's protection can help us to feel safe and secure, knowing that he is watching over us. Psalm 4:8 declares: “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”Asking God to protect us at night can also help us find peace of mind. Nighttime can be a breeding ground for anxiety and worry. Philippians 4:6-7 reminds us to pray about everything so we can trade anxiety for peace from God: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Through night prayers for protection, we can access the ultimate peace, which comes only from God. Praying for God's protection can help us to receive a restful and refreshing sleep. Psalm 127:2 reveals that God “grants sleep to those he loves.”Night prayers for protection also provide guidance, welcoming God’s light into the darkness. Life often presents us with uncertainties and challenges that can be particularly daunting in the darkness of night. Psalm 119:105 declares about God’s Word, the Bible: “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Through evening prayers, we seek God’s guidance, asking him to illuminate our path and lead us safely through life’s trials.Finally, praying for God's protection at night can be a valuable way to end the day with an awareness of God’s presence with us. Psalm 139:11-12 points out that God is with us throughout each dark night: “If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’ even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”Here are five nighttime prayers for protection:Photo Credit: ©Getty Images/AntonioGuillem

5 Prayers for Trusting God This School Year

The Fall can feel like a whirlwind of activity! I feel like I can't keep up with the assignments, classes, sports, haircuts, dinner prep, parties, games, meets, appointments, and more. I have to confess I have mixed up more than one scheduled item because things just keep falling through the cracks of my brain.As parents, we can easily see the laundry list of what we need to do to nourish our kids' bodies, hearts, minds, and souls and get completely overwhelmed. I have good news, though: we aren't called to get it all perfect for our kids; we are just called to trust the Lord with our kids. Trust He is with them, preparing them for the many purposes he has for their lives, and he is able to cover our mistakes and forgotten birthday party gifts with his grace.Jesus invites those of us who are weary and burdened to draw closer to him (Matthew 11:28-30). When you start to wonder if you are enough for your kids, if you are making the right choices for them, and try to devise all the ways to protect them, it's time to bring that worry list to the feet of Jesus. He wants to draw you near and help you find him in this season of parenthood.Here are some verses and prayers that invite us to trust God with our families this school year:
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6 Ways to Pray While Going Through Infertility

Do you sometimes find it hard to be honest with God regarding the fertility problems you face? I know that I do at times. Perhaps sometimes it just feels easier to give God my best spiritual performance by telling him what I think he wants to hear instead. Perhaps a part of me still thinks my healing is based on my goodness or how well I weather the challenge.

10 Powerful Prayers for the School Year

As our children go back to school, we throw ourselves into preparations. Instructions from teachers send us scurrying for supplies, including everything from notebooks to calculators to tissues. We shop for new school clothing, shoes, backpacks, and more. For those who don’t buy lunches at school, we stock the pantry with nutritious, easy-to-pack foods. With older students, we analyze class schedules to make sure our kids have the courses they’ll need for their next steps in life.By now, most of us have already posted first-day-of-school pictures on social media. We breathe a sigh of relief as transportation snafus finally resolve. The days fall back into routine after summer’s freedom. But have our preparations been enough?When we send our children to school, we allow others to influence them. We all can remember that special teacher who inspired and motivated us. Most of us also recall others, perhaps a coach or a bully, who devastated our self-image. The content of the curriculum itself shapes young minds and hearts. There’s no doubt our kids will encounter material that is contrary to God’s holiness. Despite our best efforts to shield them from the world, our children’s peers will expose them to all forms of ungodliness. And behind all those primary concerns, we wonder if the recent spate of mass shootings could make its way to our hometown.These transitional days back to school mark a critical need to lay a foundation of prayer for our children. Our best resource for prayer is the Bible because it contains God’s will for us. Meditate on the following verses and ten prayers for the school year. As you pray, include the names of your children to make them personal.Photo credit: ©Getty Images/SkynesherHere Are 10 Prayers for the School Year:

6 Prayers for God's Blessing

“Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield” (Psalm 5:12).Most of us have been on the receiving end of God’s kindness at one time or another. And we can give powerful testimonies of His goodness to us, whether the gifts we’ve gotten have been more material, emotional or spiritual in nature.For me, God’s blessings have come in many different forms. But I didn’t always recognize them as His handiwork. I confess that early on in my Christian walk, I often mistook His provision as coincidence. But as I grew in understanding, I realized just how much He provided for me each day, in big and small ways.Then I began to learn that God actually wanted to hear my prayers for blessings. I was amazed and thrilled that I could ask the Lord for anything. But, I soon saw that learning how to lift up requests in a way that would please Him, and seeking things that He would want to give me, were both crucial parts of the process.Photo credit: ©Getty Images/Aaron Amat

35 Prayers for Peace of Mind and Soul

Is your heart troubled? Are you feeling like the psalmist, who asked his own soul, "Why are you in despair? And why have you become disturbed within me?" One of the hardest parts of knowing peace is understanding how it has nothing to do with control. If you're having trouble with trust or finding the words to pray above the howling of the scary storms, feel free to offer up these words to the Lord now!

A Prayer to Remember 9/11 This Year

In memory of tragedy, we often ask where God is in all of it. Everchanging and Almighty, God certainly has the power to stop these things from happening. How can the same people God specifically created to love become conduits of pure evil?

5 Prayers for America on 9/11

If you lost someone on 9/11 or you feel deep sadness over the events, a great thing you can do is to offer up a few prayers for America this year on the anniversary of 9/11. Here are five prayers for America on 9/11.

How Can I Pray for My Non-Believing Friends and Family?

Jesus has revealed our sins and has forgiven every one of them. How very humbling. Pray for your non-believing family and friends to see how He has changed you! Good Lord willing, God will draw them to Himself through our Lord Jesus (John 6:44).

10 Peaceful Prayers for Anxious Moms

There is nothing quite like the endless concerns and built-up worry that comes from being a momma. Now that my oldest is driving, my anxious heart has hit a whole new level, and many days, it comes with some rather big emotions. Just yesterday, my daughter came to me asking if I would put the school sticker on her car to be able to park in the student parking lot. I could have sworn she asked me that in her sweet little 5-year-old voice. As I managed to clumsily add that sticker to her windshield in the blazing Texas heat, flashbacks and memories began to flood my mind. Then, that all too familiar and uncomfortable feeling came over me, bringing on misty eyes and a tinge of terror. Two more years until she’s off to college, it loudly declared, as if it were audible! Before I knew it, I had punctured a tiny hole in that parking lot sticker and quickly became a hot mess, literally and figuratively. Ugh.Oh my, there is so much to worry about, isn’t there? The questions, decisions, and concerns are real and valid. It’s so easy to get triggered by things out of our control and bend to fear rather than lean into peace. As you may well know, finding peace as a mom is hard enough, but when anxiety wants to rear its ugly head, acquiring peace seems absolutely impossible.So, today, I invite you to pause with me and ask God into the broken and messy parts of your anxious heart. Let’s seek Him together as we find Scriptures that back up His many promises to be with us and to go before us while reaching out through our heartfelt prayers to seek peace.
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