A Prayer for the Days of Division and Headlines and Conflict

Father God,

When headlines and my own fretful heart tempt me to anxiety or fear, remind me that the government rests on Jesus’ shoulders and not on the visible powers of this world.

When I’m tempted to cave to the world’s spin and misdirection, bring me back to Jesus who operated every day according to Your agenda and no other.

Keep me from adopting the ways of this world and restrain me from harming others in Your name.

Focus my energy on the work you’ve given me of loving You with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength and loving my neighbor as myself.

Show me in every moment of my day today what that means here in my assigned place on this planet. I trust that you placed me in these trying times according to your plan and so I will not be afraid.

I trust You’ve equipped me to contribute to the building of Your kingdom even in dark days.

When troubles come, I will cry out to You for deliverance. When deliverance comes, I will give You the glory. When deliverance tarries, I will trust the trial is for our good and for Your glory.

Show me how to endure with grace and to extend love and mercy to all who oppose You or who misunderstand me.

I will trust fully in Your love and rely on Your wisdom more than on what I see or what the shouting voices tell me to see.

You are a generous, intelligent, powerful, loving, active God. I adore You, and while I look forward to Your return, I will stand with you in the Now because You are Emmanuel, the God who is with us.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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  1. Sandra Lovelace says:

    Thank you, Lori. Re-focusing on Truth is the best calming force I know.

  2. Mary Elen Santaniello says:

    What a beautiful and timely prayer, Lori. Thank you!

  3. Debra Johnson says:

    AMEN and AMEN!

  4. Delores says:

    Thank you for this prayer

  5. Sue Nayudu says:

    Lori, I appreciate this reminder that ‘the government rests on Jesus’ shoulders’.

    Such a pleasure to have met you on Monday at our church’s annual Soup Night; you’re filling a much-needed niche with thoughts from a committed Christian who’s comfortable admitting her struggles.

    Also love your disclaimer that you’re not available for children’s parties — You’re really great Lori! So happy to know about your blog. I understand why yours was honored as one of the ‘Top 100 Chrisitan Blogs’.

  6. Sherry Carter says:

    I agree with Sue. I never related the truth of the government resting on Jesus’ shoulders to our present government. So comforting. Thank you for this wonderful prayer.