Prayers You Can Pray!

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If you are at a loss for words these prayers may help you. Remember, prayer is simply talking to God. God wants to be our friend and he wants us to feel comfortable talking to him.

  • When you are unsure of where you will spend eternity:
    Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally.  Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins.  I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord.  Thank You for forgiving me of my sins and giving me eternal life.  Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.  Amen
  • When you are fearful:
    Father God, I am feeling fearful today.  Life seems to be uncertain and out of control.  I recall that the Bible tells me “Perfect love casts out fear”.  You alone are Perfect Love, so would you please cast out the fear I feel and replace it with confidence in your sufficiency. Psalm 121 tells me that you never slumber or sleep, so I will trust you to take care of me – moment by moment, day by day.  In Jesus name.  Amen
  • Morning prayer:
    Dear Lord, I give you may hands to do Your work; I give You my feet to go Your way; I give You my eyes to see as You see; I give You my tongue to speak Your words; I give You my mind that You may think in me; I give You my spirit that You may pray in me. Above all, I give You my heart that You may love in me – love the Father and love all humankind. I give You my whole self, Lord, that You may grow in me, so that it is You who lives, works and prays in me. Amen.
  • Commitment prayer:
    Father, into your hands I commit my spirit. For it is your business, not mine. You will know every shade of my suffering; You will care for me with your perfect fatherhood. (prayed by George Mac Donald)
  • In God’s will:
    Lord Jesus, keep me in Your will. Don’t let me go mad by poking about outside it. (prayed by Corrie Ten Boom)
  • When you need wisdom and direction:
    Father God, there are so many decisions to make and I don’t seem to know what is the best for now or for the future. You said if we lack wisdom, all we need to do ask you.  I really need you to pour wisdom into my mind today.  Thank you!
  • For success:
    And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain.” So God granted him what he requested. (I Chronicles 4:10 NKJV)
  • When you are weak or ill
    Father, I am feeling lousy today.  I ache all over and feel very weak.  You said that your grace was sufficient for me.  Please strengthen me.  Give me joy inspite of how I feel physically.  Amen
  • For the young women of the world:
    Father God, thank you for all the young women in the world. Give them dreams that are bigger than themselves–so they will have to trust you to make their dream come true. Give them a will and heart to be all you created them to be. Help them to work hard and be successful.Enable them to be generous to those who are less fortunate. Give them hearts full of love and compassion.Give them the strength to say “no” to activities that they would later be remorseful about–that they would do what is right for them and for the world around them. Help them to be kind to others.Protect them from people who would harm them physically, emotionally and mentally.Let them know that allowing You to direct their way is the smartest thing they can do. In Jesus wonderful and powerful name. Amen
  • For our children and grandchildren:
    Lord, I am so glad that you know each of our children and grandchildren by name.  I forget sometimes.  Thank you for sending a whole hedge of angels around each child.  Thank you for protecting them all today.  Father, would you please turn their minds and hearts toward You and pleasing you.  Thank you!
  • When you are down-sizing (moving):
    Lord, I really don’t what to move.  I like it here – there are so many memories.  I am comfortable here because it is familiar.  I know it is too large for me (us) now – to much work, but I have such mixed feelings.  I don’t like the thought of all the changes.I am so glad you never change.  You are and always will be a constant in my life. Help me to remember that when I am packing and unpacking.  Amen.
  • When you want to be reflecting Christ:
    Lord, make my life A window for Your light To shine through and a mirror to reflect Your love To all I meet. Amen.
  • When you feel like you have failed:
    Dear God, The little plans I tried to carry through have failed I will not sorrow. I’ll pause a little while, Dear God, And try, again, tomorrow.
  • For conflict resolution:
    Dear God, when your son Jesus died and rose from the dead, He broke down walls of hostility.  Father, you know that conflict I am having right now.  I don’t know how to resolve it.  You are our Savior.  Please save and restore this relationship.  Amen
  • For others:
    Watch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight, and give Your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend Your sick ones, O Lord Christ. Rest Your weary ones. Bless Your dying ones. Soothe Your suffering ones. Pity Your afflicted ones. Shield Your joyous ones. And all for Your love’s sake. Amen (prayed by Father Timothy Kavanagh)
  • Prayer of thanksgiving:
    For health and strength and daily food, We praise your name, O God.  Amen
  • A prayer before meals:
    Bless us oh Lord and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive, through thy bounty, through Christ, our Lord…Amen
  • When you need more faith:
    Teach me to treat all that comes to me with peace of soul and with firm conviction that your will govern all. Amen.” (prayed by Elisabeth Elliot)
  • When you want to reflect Christ:
    Lord, make my life A window for Your light To shine through And a mirror to reflect Your love To all I meet. Amen.
  • When your marriage seems to be falling apart:
    Dear God, our marriage is really shaky right now and I really don’t want it to break-up.  Show me ways I could show (name) I love and care for her/him..  You are merciful, would you please show your mercy by helping us love each other more.  Thank you!  Amen
  • For being an instrument for God:
    Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. (prayed by St. Francis of Assisi)
  • For a dream:
    Father, Once I had such big dreams, so much anticipation of the fufture. Now no shimmering horizon beckons me: my days are lack-lustre I see so little of lasting value in the daily round. Where is your plan for my life?You have told us that without vision, we perish. So, Father in heaven, knowing that I can ask You to deposit in my mind and heart that particular dream, the special vision You have for my life.

    And along with the dream, will You give me whatever graces, patience, and stamina it takes to see the dream through to fruition? I sense that may involve adventures I have not bargained for.

    But I want to trust You enough to follow even if you lead along new paths. I admit to liking some of my ruts. But I know that habit patterns that seem cosy nests from the inside, from Your vantage point may be prison cells. Lord, if you break down any prisons of mine before I can see the stars and catch the vision, then, Lord, begin the process now. In joyous expectation. Amen. (prayed by Catherine Marshall)

  • For protection:
    Father God, your Holy Bible tells us that your have assigned angels to be with us and protect us (for those who respect you).  I need your protection.  My family needs protection. Help me to love and respect you more.  Amen.
  • For a pastor:
    Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of leadership you have given to our pastor. It is a holy calling. It’s a calling to watch over himself and the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made him overseer. The church has been bought with the blood of your son, on the cross. The responsibility you have given to our pastor is awesome. He too is tempted and tried by the enemy. He has many responsibilities be it in his family or in the community and so it is our prayer that he would be kept from the evil one and that you would empower him to live a godly life, so that out of his fullness he would share the message of the gospel boldly. Help our pastor this week as he searches the Word and Your will for the congregation. Will you grant him the health and strength he needs to share your message in humility and with clarity. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
  • For a pastor’s wife:
    Dear Father in heaven, I thank you for my pastor’s wife. I thank you she loves you and serves you so faithfully. I pray very specially for her today. I pray You will help her cope with all the unexpected things that come into her day. Help her to accept the interruptions as opportunities to serve. Help her to support her husband and learn to go with the flow of his full life. Help her to manage her household well. Just fill her with yourself today. Help her to allow your Holy Spirit to have full control of her life and may she take strength from you as she meditates on You and Your Word. Give her a hug today. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
  • To put on the armor of God:
    Heavenly Father, I praise and worship you because you are God.  I am honored to be your servant and I take my stand today against the devil and his schemes against me, my family and my ministry.  Father, as I take up each piece of the armor, please secure it in place on me. I take up the shield of faith and extend it over myself.  It extinguishes all the fiery darts of the evil one. I put on the helmet of salvation, which protects my mind from the enemy’s attacks.  I have the mind of Christ. I put on the breastplate of righteousness, which covers my body with the righteousness of God.  In Christ, every foothold of evil has been washed away and I am clothed in righteousness! I gird my loins with the belt of truth.  Your word, O God, is truth.  Father, sanctify me according to your word and remind me through the Holy Spirit of the truth that destroys the lies of sin. I shod my feet with the preparation of the Gospel of peace.  I have peace with God through the blood of Jesus.  I have favor with God and with man.  I walk in my inheritance as an adopted son of God and have authority over evil in Jesus’ name. I will use the Sword of the Spirit by speaking the Word of God as it applies to whatever situation I may face today.  Father, please remind me of your Word via the Holy Spirit. I will continue to pray in the Spirit throughout the day, and intercede for all Christians as the Holy Spirit prompts me.  I believe that the Holy Spirit is interceding on my behalf according to my prayers. Thank you, Father, for the whole armor of God.  Please surround me with your hedge of protection as I move forward on the spiritual battlefield today.  I praise and worship you now and forever, Amen.”

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840 Responses to “Prayers You Can Pray!”

  • vivian says:

    please my son Michael needs prayer he thought a business problem was solved and now they want to put him in jail please he and I are raising his daughters with no help from the mother and her partner he has his life in GODS HANDS he posted that on line for everyone to see please please pray for us

  • Susan says:


    Bible says to trust Him(God) instead of worrying. he is taking care of the birds and everything He created then do you think that he doesn’t know your need? Of course He does Tina. I ask you to call upon His name, commit your life to HIm. Ask God to His guidance and blessings. Tina, I would encourage you to log onto,

    Let’s pray

    Father God, I pray that You bless Tina with a right job. Lord, draw her closer to You, fill Tina with Your peace. Teach her to trust in You. I commit all her heart desires in Your hand and I ask You to let Your will be done in her life. Bless this family and i thank You for hearing our prayers. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

    Tina, I’ll continue pray for you.

  • Susan says:


    Very true. It is very important to forgive our earthly people.

    Father God,

    You are God and we are Your creation. Lord, I pray for Your child Ron and Lord, I ask You to change his behavior. He need Jesus in his life. Lord, draw him closer to You with Your love. Help him to experience Your love in his life. Lord, I pray for this relation. Lord, I pray for Your will be done in this. Bless Kelly. Thank You for hearing our prayers. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  • Aldo says:

    Tina, let’s pray.

    Heavenly Father, You have heard the cry of Tina’s heart. Lord, we ask that You would provide all of Tina’s needs accroding to Your Word in Philippians 4:19, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Lord, prosper Tina “exceedingly abundantly above all that she can ask or think”- Ephesians 3:20. Lord, we also ask that You would provide a job for Tina so that she may be able to take care of her responsibilities. Grant her the wisdom of the Lord Jesus Christ as she takes the Board Exam to become a nurse. We pray also that all will go well with the conception and delivery of her first baby, in Jesus Name we pray and agree, Amen.

  • Sarah says:

    Dear father, forgive me for sins, a lot has happen since I was last here. I was portrayed as the villan and evil she serpent in the beginning and I was reborn (born again) only to be slaughter as the sacrificial lamb of God and it breaks my heart to see my children carry out this tradition of thousands of year later and I conceived through ur grace only to watch my son die on the cross the one true vessel of the archangel Micheal who was to king / Shepard of the holy 7knights who was sent to bring hope and peace. God bless his heart even when he was made the sacrificial lamb and warning to all vessels of God that whosoever binds the three religions of the world (Jews,Christians and Muslims) would pay with humiliation,pain/suffering and blood with death and a crown of thorn I watched him instead bind the 3 with unconditional love, forgiveness and hope. And just like I i was forced to see Abel slaughter unable to stop it only to be reborn and watch him the coward who tried to take away my son again Isaac who was conceived by the Holy Spirit how do I tell them I was the lamb mother of the 7eyes vessels and kings of angels. Micheal shall one day return not in the same flesh but another who shares the blood of the lamb the sword of Michael I have been reborn into this world and I still fear for not only my life but that of my children anyone who tried to tell them the truth about evil and the true knowledge of the face of satan have been condemned to death by herectics. The holy book have been altered to hide the truth but the book of life is at the heart of the 3 books u have to have an open mind see most ppl are stuck in their ways religions that are supposed to be bound by the love of God the common denomenator are bound instead by hate war and death of the innocents, the time is yet to come to light the 7 true vessels of archangel but the lamb of God has return to bring good news for heaven has finally made contact. The hound had 3 heads of evil now there are multiple serpents on the head of all mother of evil who is also the king of hell. Science has a purpose in religion it has help creat a face and define the unknown evil is now call personality disorder all those who bear the mark of Cain, we live in a narcissitic world were evil has many faces and it all started from the beginning of time u have to read btw the lines for he may have alter history to change there future

  • Tina says:

    I’ve been praying to find work for over a year now.. please include me in your prayers. Bills are piling up and would like to help my family. I am praying to pass my nursing board which I truly needed to be qualified for the job I would like to do and lastly a blessing to conceive our first baby will be greatly appreciated.

  • TerRY says:


  • Kelly says:

    I ask for prayers for my boyfriend Ron. He is estranged from his father for several years now. They exchanged a brief text last week, and it set Ron off as we were going on a five day trip. It was awful. I now know this relationship is the root of what is eating away at Ron. It causes him great distress, anger, bitterness, hurt, unforgiveness. This has driven a wedge between us. Please pray for Ron that he will give this to God and forgive his earthly father, and ask God to restore his heart and his emotions with the grace and mercy of His love. I ask that God go deep in Ron’s heart and unsurrendered mind and heal him and heal our relationship – so that we may have a future. I ask that God do this NOW before Ron loses his dad to cancer.

  • Susan says:


    Lord, I pray for Sonda. Guide Your child and strengthen Your child. Help Your child to focus on You and whatever is Sonda’s desire is Lord, let Your mercy and favor be upon Your child. Thank You for hearing our prayers. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

    Sonda,I would encourage you to log onto,

  • Susan says:


    I am glad about one thing that you have realized that you are on the wrong path and you want to come out from that. Not only you but you want your friends also to turn from this. I am sure, if your this desire is sincere then God is there for you. In 1 John1: 9 says…If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
    Your present lifestyle is son and God hates this. Today is the day, confess one by one and start a new fresh. Depend totally on Jesus and He will help you to over come from your bad life style. You be a light your friends.
    Marco, I would encourage you to log onto,

    Let’s pray:

    Dear Father God,

    I commit Your child in Your hand. Lord, thank You for loving Marco and his friends. Lord, I pray that You strengthen him so that he can come out from his bad lifestyle. Lord, use him for Your glory. Thank You for haring our prayers. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

    Marco, I’ll keep you in my prayers. I would encourage you to log onto,

  • Susan says:


    So sorry to hear about your situation. May I know what you are going through?

    Let me pray for you.

    father God,

    I pray that You comfort Your child. Guide her and Lord, help her to feel Your presence in her life. Thank You for hearing our prayers. In Jesu’ name, Amen.

    Juliette,I would encourage you to log onto,

  • sonda says:

    A fresh start.

  • sonda says:

    Praying for afresh start.

  • Kate says:

    Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness;… make your way straight before me.—Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.—In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.—Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.

  • Marco Orozco says:

    Please Jesus, apart me from my wicked ways, forgive me for i have sinned against you and have disappointed you, daily i hurt you by drinking, smoking, doing drugs, fornication, lust. Please Lord help me out of this and im sorry for exposing my brother David to a world and lifestyle that is not right. Please cover him with your blood and dont let him go down the same road i did, as well for his friend peter. I ask you to help my closest friends as well bring them to you, use me as an instrument please to help them. But before that happens i need out of my lifestyle, i know i have come to you many times and failed you but please lord im hitting rock bottom and cant take it anymore. Im emotionally physicaly and spirtitualy beat. Only you can save me Lord. Beyond everything thank you God for all you do for me and my family even tho I dont desereve it. In Jesus name i will be saved!!! Amen

  • Juliette says:

    Lord god jesus please help me through these bad times my head is in a mess i’m crying inside be there for me comfort me In trouble Times In the name of Jesus amen

  • Susan says:


    Father God, I pray that You bless him with a right job. Lord, guide to the right place. Give Ebhohimimen the desire to know You and seek for that. Thank You for hearing our prayers. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  • Susan says:


    Praise God for this news. I encourage you to seek His kingdom first and ask God His will in your life.

  • Ebhohimimen Ehijie Princely says:

    Lord Jesus give me the grace to carry on in this struggle of life,I need your wisdom to carry on as a job seeker o lord all I need is your divine blessing and favour, God of jacob,isaac, Abraham,joseph bless me this I ask through jesus christ our lord and personal saviour Amen.

  • Nicole T says:

    Hey God’s saints. I just wanted to tell you that I am thankful for you guys praying for me cause I got the call today to start working. It’s been a long journey and it took a whole lot of praying and keeping the faith to get the job. But thank you guys so much for that. The only thing I have left is that you guys please pray for fianceé who is in prison and trying to get home. He has a shot but I always told him that only God can make that happen. No one else can do that and we pray together on the phone and I always pray for him. I’m asking YALL can you do the same. Thank you guys for everything

  • Susan says:


    How are you doing my friend?

  • Mary says:

    Ashley, im sorry that you have to go through that but have you ever tried going to the child support people. They could help you and believe me, that is his child too. Let down your pride and ask for help im pretty sure youll find one. I have. I will keep you in my prayer. Go to the nearest child support center and let the court handle this one for you. God is on your side, he will never forsake you nor leave you.

  • Chris says:

    Ashley…i lift up your life and situation to the lord jesus today knowing in whom we trust. 2 Timothy 1.12. i pray for healing for your life and your sons so that you both can be strong during this challenging time. that new doors will open for you and you would also have a Christian church where you can find refuge and support. jesus bless Ashley today in a special way. relieve these financial burdens and open new doors for her life with her son in your precios name i pray amen!

  • Ashley says:

    Please pray for me. I am not to long out of a very abusive relationship. I have lost everything. My electricity has been cut off and I cannot pay it. I make to much to receive assistance. I am constantly turned away. I only receive about 1/4 of my check after garnishments caused by the abuser, cards and debts he racked up in my name. I am in bankruptcy but I have to pay a sizable amount monthly that leaves me with only the equivalent of about $150 a week to live on, rent, electricity, water, gas, and food have to come out of that. It is over 90 degrees here during the day. I have no where to go. I also have lupus and some other health problems and cannot afford my medication. I need prayers. I need prayers for protection over me from this ex and his family, I need financial guidance and blessings, I need a miracle. Also my son, 9 yrs old, is very sick. He has a stomach virus and we spent the day in the ER. He is now running a very high fever. Please pray for his healing as well.

  • Susan says:


    God’s ways are not our ways but God is a merciful God. God wants to save you, and He wants you to trust Him completely.

    Father God,

    I pray and I seek for Your mercy upon Nicole. Lord, bless him with a right job and draw Nicole closer to You. Glorify Your name and I thank You for hearing our prayers. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  • Sharon says:

    to Nicole– first of all happy birthday on Monday prayer-father God I pray for Nicole now for your hand of provision to be upon her right now I pray for favor for her from the employers so that she can get hired soon I pray for a birthday gift for her for Monday noting is impossible with you God you are the great provider I pray that you will provide for her and her children I pray for a miracle for her you know her hearts desire God loves you with an everlasting love in the bible it says if you have faith as small as a mustard seed you can sat to this mountain move from here to there nothing is impossible with you I pray all of this in JESUS name amen I am praying for you.– from sharon

  • Nicole T says:

    Hey everyone. Please guys I really really need someone to pray for me. I’m in desperate strain cause my only income has stop and I’m looking for a job. I’ve been on over 5 interviews and I didn’t get hired yet. I have two kids and my income (child support) has stop cause nobody wants to work. I had hardworking woman who doesn’t want my God blessed me with to get taken away. Yesterday 2 frustrating things happened and I got thru them. But I checked to see if my child support was paid, that was the final straw. Lord please help me. I have one more opportunity that I never gave up on and that’s faith. I have faith that everything I gon be okay. On Monday it’s my birthday and the job that I been trying to get I suppose to go check it out. So please you guys, please pray that I come out on top. Please you guys.

  • Chris says:

    jane… i pray in jesus name for you that jesus wonderful privisions, his perfect will and guidance and his plan for you all become a reality in your life today!

  • Jane says:

    I need prayer for finacel breakthouge to start my own bussinse please prayer that God open doors for me in Jesus name amen

  • cecilia says:

    Hi my name is Cecilia 4 days ago I heard a dream which is weird,I was in some where lovely and nice compound playing with a snake and it was a big one one,when be gathered to kill the snake I was defensing it even o was cry of someone try to kill the snake but after some hrs playing with it,I saw that snake hugging me and saying goodbye and it disappeared…I need help am I would like to know the meaning of that dream and how come I can be friendly with a snake the whole nite playing with snake

  • Child of God says:

    Hey Saints. I was wondering if everyone can pray for me. I did my physical to try and get a job to better myself. I don’t want to struggle anymore cause I done been down there before. I been praying and praying and I didnt give up cause I have faith that God will pull me thru this. All I ask is that everyone on here to pray for me once again please I beg you.

  • Kathleen says:

    I just want to say how I enjoy reading your prayers which I read ,,most days
    I find them very inspiring &very encouraging that I may pass them on to
    Family members. I’m at a cross roads in my life &these prayers are inspiring my direction
    Trusting Jesus is my focous
    I thank you again as these prayers have taught me more about
    Communication &gods love for us all,
    thank you god bless
    Kathlee Cahill.

  • Chris says:

    shiaka wada…yes you can have a changed life through the love of God and his son jesus christ. for more information on how to connect with your loving heavenly fahter log onto or click talk to a mentor above. i pray the lord brings you the changes he knows you are needing!

  • shiaka wada says:

    i want to change my life in this world.

  • Sade says:

    Dear Katy, I believe all Power is given unto my Lord Jesus, I believe all Power is given unto my Friend Jesus, I believe all Power is given unto my Saviour Jesus Christ. In the Mighty Name of Jesus, you will be healed from depression. Your sister and son will be healed from Addiction. The Lord will give you your Divine Husband In Jesus Mighty Name Amen. Sade

  • Sharon says:

    to Kary– prayer-father God I do pray or these request of Kary I pray for deliverance of these depression pills and for he son to be baptized real soon in the name of JESUS and for this sister open her eyes to see on what she is doing to herself and her family being a addict on heroine I pray that she will realize what she is doing is wrong and her family I pray for a sour taste in their mouths to leave this drug addiction that they will turn to you God and for Kary to marry this pastor and favor for her for medical assistance schooling and I pray for favor for a job lead her to a good job so she can work I pray all of this in JESUS name amen I am praying for you all– from Sharon

  • Chris says:

    kary…i lift you up before the throne of jesus grace and mercy so that you can have his peace at all times and apply his words of life to your every day. i also pray you take the course, the cross centered mind on to overcome depression and axiety. may jesus be with you and his special love for you!

  • kary chavez says:

    Lord god please help me to be delivered from depression pills l been on for 17 years. Pray that my sons benjamin lucas be baptized in the name of jesus real soon.need prayer for my sister nannie be delivered from herion addiction plus her children on drugs l need more wisdom a job opportunity and a calling on the lord for schooling for medical assistant. Allso my bigger prayer request for the lord to open more doors for me & my pastor to be together soon & be married.

  • kary chavez says:

    I need prayer to be delivered from my depression pills l been taking for 17 years need prayers in a job haveing alot of houserepairs done need prayers for my sons lucas&benjamin & my sister to be delivered from a herion addiaction pray that more doors will open up for me & my pastor to be together & married in the name of jesus my pastor name is domenic baldonado

  • Elkay Elkay says:

    Sarah, thank you for your open honesty. When you mentioned being humble, I thought of Isaiah, a godly man who prophesied to Israel at least 40 years with a message of hope about the Messiah coming as Savior. He was counted worthy to receive a vision of the Lord on His throne in His glory. In the vision (Isaiah 6), he saw flying creatures who were calling out: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” And his reaction was, “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”

    Job 15:14 and 16 says, “What is man, that he could be pure, or one born of woman, that he could be righteous? If God places no trust in His holy ones, if even the heavens are not pure in His eyes, how much less man, who is vile and corrupt, who drinks up evil like water!”

    In short, compared to the Lord, we all are ruined, vile and corrupt. This is where humility starts, when we ponder on how the holiness of God transcends any idea that we have of holiness and it transcends any aspect of holiness that anyone might reflect. It goes far beyond all other traits of God. There is nothing that goes higher than the holiness of God and there is no one holy like the Lord.

    The gospel of course is the Good News that Holy God loves us, His creation, so much that He sent Jesus to pay the penalty for our sins, to make us righteous in His eyes, and He sent the Holy Spirit to help us grow in being more like Christ every day (working out our salvation that you asked about). 2 Cor 3:18 tells us how “the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.”

    How does this happen? James 1:23-25 basically says it comes from reading or hearing the Word of God and acting in obedience to what the Spirit tells us. The Holy Spirit works while you are looking into the mirror of the Word to change you into who God wants you to be. When you look in the mirror of the Word, you will see the glory of Christ and the beauty of holiness. And the Spirit of God changes you into the likeness of what you behold.

    Sarah, if you will make the mirror of the Word a permanent part of your life, the other things you asked about, a strong faith, obedience, and love will follow because they characterize Christ. This is a life-long process and it does not happen all at once. But when you place yourself on the “altar” as described at Rom 12:1-2, as a living sacrifice, your mind will be renewed, and you will discover God’s will for you. Then discipline yourself to do God’s will for the purpose of revealing and glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ, the One who chose you (John 15:16) and set you apart for His honor and glory and who calls you His sister (Heb 2:11). There is no higher calling and the life you seek will follow.

    “Heavenly Father, please help Sarah to place herself on Your altar as a living sacrifice, trusting completely upon Your mercy and grace, and acknowledging Your absolute right to her life. Teach her to walk in holiness and obedience before You; empower her by Your Holy Spirit to live in a way that pleases You as she grows more like Your Holy Son, Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.”

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