Prayer For Restlessness
There is nothing I can give you which you have not;
But there is much, very much, that while I cannot give,
You can take.
No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today.
No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present instant.
The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our
Reach is joy.
There is a radiance and glory in the darkness, could we but see,
And to see we have only to look.
I beseech you to look!
Life is so generous a giver, but we, judging its gifts by the covering,
Cast them away as ugly, or heavy, or hard.
Remove the covering and you will find beneath it a living splendor,
Woven of love, by wisdom, with power.
Welcome it, grasp it, and you touch the angel's hand
That brings it to you.
Everything we call a trial, a sorrow, or a duty
Believe me, that angel's hand is there, the gift is there,
And the wonder of an overshadowing presence.
Our joys, too, be not content with them as joys.
They, too, conceal diviner gifts.
Life is so full of meaning and purpose,
So full of beauty beneath its covering-
That you will find earth but cloaks your heaven.
And so, at this time, I greet you.
Not quite as the world sends greetings,
But with profound esteem
And with the prayer that for you, now and forever,
The day breaks, and all the shadows flee away.
Dear Lord and Father of humankind,
Forgive our foolish ways;
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives Thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise.
Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.
Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and Thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm.
Slow me down, Lord!
Ease the pounding of my heart
By the quieting of my mind.
Steady my harried pace
With a vision of the eternal reach of time.
Amidst the confusions of my day,
The calmness of the everlasting hills.
Break the tensions of my nerves
With the soothing music
Of the singing streams
That live in my memory.
Help me to know
The magical power of sleep,
Teach me the art
Of taking minute vacations
Of slowing down
To look at a flower;
To chat with an old friend
Or make a new one;
To pet a dog;
To watch a spider build a web;
To smile at a child;
Or to read a few lines from a good book.
Remind me each day
That the race is not always won by the swift;
That there is more to life
Than increasing its speed.
Let me look upward
Into the branches of the towering oak
And know that it grew great and strong
Because it grew slowly and well.
Slow me down, Lord,
And inspire me to send my roots deep
Into the soil of life's enduring values
That I may grow toward the stars
Of our greater destiny.
I come to you on this restless night seeking your love and peace in my body and soul. Every night I lay in bed a negative vibe over comes me, My body fights my sleep, my neck becomes heavy and stressed, a constant fear and anxiety invades my thoughts.
I pray too you lord to send your Holy Spirit into my home, I invite you into my heart, my soul and my mind. I beg for your forgiveness for all of my sins, I pray and invite you to come into my home and my bedroom and cleanse all evil and negative entities out of my home, out of my body.
Lord grant me peace, and let your love rule my thoughts and my heart, in Jess Name I Pray amen
Lord of Heaven and Earth,The Bible says that You are the One who grants peace to restless souls. Father, I have tried every solution within my reach to find rest to my troubled soul; but I have bitterly discovered that they are all futile. But at so many places in the Bible, You have promised to grant rest to troubled and sorrowful souls. You are the Only One who can calm the storm that tosses the boat of my life. Father, help me to believe You and entrust my tomorrow into Your hands, and rest assured that there is no situation that is beyond Your power to solve and set right this situation.Thank You Lord for hearing my prayer and I am sure that You will pour Your peace into my heart, because You have promised that You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You. I thank You in faith that my heart will find rest in You. I ask this in Jesus' name, O God.Amen.
Gracious Father, nothing compares with being certain of your love for me. The peace and freedom that come from knowing we don't have to pose, pretend or perform, with you about anything is incomparable, and cannot be found anywhere else. The gospel put an end to my old he loves me; he loves me not; he loves me; he loves me not spirituality.
Today, in particular, I'm thankful for the unfettered freedom to pour out my heart to you. Because of your grace, I don't have to measure my feeling and words with you. You don't judge my prayers. You purify them by the Spirit, as they wing their way to heaven. How I praise you for such a standing in grace!
So here's what's going on inside of me today. I feel a restlessness that I cannot really attach to any one thing. There's a floating disquiet, a nibbling anxiousness, a low rumble of dis-ease that's just hanging there. It could easily morph into something much bigger if I'm not connected to you in a fresh and vital way.
So today, I echo back to you King David's longing for soul rest, and I make his prayer my own. Soul, find your rest in God alone. Don't medicate with anything else. Don't run to broken cisterns, pseudo-lovers or heart idols. Don't default to trying to be your own savior. Don't minimize or super-size your restlessness. Just go to Jesus with it. Run to him right now!
Indeed, Lord Jesus, I don't want to waste energy on the paralysis of analysis. I don't want to spend time navel gazing today. I don't want to treat my soul like an onion to be peeled, layer by layer. Whatever is repent-able or repairable, I'm sure you'll show me. I just want you, Lord Jesus. I ask you to bring your centering presence, your stabilizing mercy, and your calming peace to my soul.
I do trust you, Jesus, at this time, even as I want to trust you at all times. You are my rock, my salvation, my fortress, my honor, my refuge; and a whole, whole lot more King David didn't mention in this psalm! So very Amen I pray, with hope and anticipation.
Dear heavenly Father, nothing compares with being certain of your love for me. The peace I have knowing I no longer have to perform or pretend with you about anything is priceless, incomparable, and needful. Today, in particular, I'm thankful for the freedom to pour out my heart to you. Because the gospel is true, I don't have to measure or monitor my words with you. You don't judge my prayers. You purify them as they meet you at the throne of grace. Hallelujah, many times over.
Here's what's going on inside of me today. I feel a restlessness that I cannot attribute to any one thing. There's a floating disquiet, a nibbling anxiousness, a low rumble of dread that's just hanging there. So today I echo back to you King David's longing for soul rest, and I make his prayer mine. Soul, find your rest in God alone! Don't medicate with anything else. Don't minimize or super-size your restlessness. Just go to Jesus. Go to Jesus right now!
Indeed, Jesus, I don't want to waste energy on the paralysis of analysis. I don't want to spend time navel gazing today. I don't want to treat my soul like an onion to be peeled, layer-by-layer. Whatever is repent-able or repairable, I'm sure you'll show me. I just want you, Lord Jesus. Bring your centering presence, your stabilizing mercy, and your calming peace to my soul. Kiss my heart with the gospel, and it will be enough.
You are my rock, my salvation, my fortress, my honor, my refuge, and much more. So very Amen I pray, with hope and anticipation.
Lord, I really want to get this one! Please help me to turn to You in all circumstances in the good, the bad, and the ugly. Give me the strength to surrender my will to Yours, and guard my heart and mind with the peace as I choose to trust You with my struggles today.
In Jesus' Name,