Lord Jesus, calm my troubled heart with your peace. You have overcome the world, and you have gone to prepare a place for me in heaven. I trust that you are coming back again to bring me to yourself, so that I can be with you forever. I trust in your will for my life and in your timing. Jesus, you invited me to lay all of my burdens at your feet, and so I come to you, trusting that your yoke is easy and your burden is light.
Lord, I trust that you will take care of my family. Around the world, many people are struggling to make ends meet, and I admit to being afraid sometimes that those I love will not be taken care of. Help me not to lose hope during times of uncertainty, but to remember that you are Creator and Provider, worthy of all my trust. Help me to take to heart the psalmist’s encouragement: “When I am afraid, in you I place my trust. God, I praise your promise; in you I trust, I do not fear” (Psalm 56:4-5).
Lord, I entrust my health to you as well as the health of those near to me. Medicine has made many advances, and I am grateful for them. But help me to rely on you as well. Many still suffer from disease, and while you didn’t promise that we would be free from all sickness, you did promise that you would be with us always. When I feel alone and in pain, I will lift my eyes to heaven, because “my help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:2).
Lord, I trust that nothing can separate me from your love—not trouble or hardship, not persecution or famine, not terrorism or evil or the spiritual forces of darkness. Help me to trust in your power. Help me to put on the full armor of God: truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and the word of God. (wau.org)
Choose a Time and a Place.
Make it a specific time dedicated only to prayer—a time when you are alert and clear. (Psalm 92:1-2) Make sure it’s a place where you are free from distraction and interruption. (Matthew 6:6)
Lay Aside All Other Concerns.
Examine your conscience and repent of your sins. (Psalm 130)
Let God’s mercy cleanse your conscience. (Romans 8:32)
Put aside anxieties, problems, and struggles. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
Open Your Heart to the Gospel.
Consciously say “Yes” to these truths each day:
• God created me out of love and loves me always. (1 John 4:10)
• God sent Jesus to give us life. (John 3:16)
• By his death and resurrection, Jesus conquered sin and death. (John 5:24)
• Jesus promised to be with us and to send the Holy Spirit. (John 14:15-16,23)
•Jesus intercedes for us in heaven. (Hebrews 7:25)
• Jesus is coming again. ?(Matthew 16:27)
Express your love and gratitude to your heavenly Father, to his Son Jesus, and to the Holy Spirit. (Psalms 95; 136; Hebrews 13:15; 1 Peter 2:9)
Worship God honestly and from your heart. (Matthew 6:7-8)
Dwell in the Presence of God.
Listen actively to God in your heart as you read scripture. (Isaiah 66:2)
Sit quietly in God’s presence and let his love touch your heart. (Psalm 131)
Intercede with Faith and Trust.
Pray for the world, for the church, for your family, your friends, and yourself. (Matthew 7:7-11)
Write in Your Journal.
What has God said to you?
What do you want to carry into the day to keep your mind fixed on Jesus?
What petitions will you keep close to your heart?
Yesterday in Washington the 44th man in the history of our country took the presidential oath of office for a second term:
"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So help me God."