Praying Scripture: When You Feel Like You're Failing
Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 16:3: “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”
Colossians 3:23-24: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Jesus you are serving.”
1 Corinthians 10:31: “ . . . whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Matthew 6:19-21: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in a steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 25:21: “… ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’”
Lord, you know how anxious I am, how much I feel like I am failing at everything, like everything is falling down around me and I can’t keep it together. I need You now, Lord. I need to know that I am doing okay. (And if I not, then I need to know what needs to change.)
Please, Lord, speak words of comfort to my anxious, despairing heart. To the part of me that feels like I’m going to let You and everyone else down, no matter what I do or how hard I try. To the part of me that just never feels “good enough.”
Lord, You promise to work everything for good. Please take my feeble efforts and use them for Your glory. Make something beautiful out of my messes and my shortcomings. Sometimes I feel like that’s all I am capable of – messes and shortcomings. But I know You can turn them into something good, because Your Word says so. I might not be able to do much, but please take the little I do and work it for Your glory. (And reveal to me if there is something that I claim to do for Your glory and purposes but that I am actually doing for my own glory and purposes.)
Lord, You know my heart and my motives. You know that I want to please You, that I am trying my best to do my best at the jobs You have given me. Please, be glorified in that, and help me know that I am doing okay in Your eyes, for I feel like I am failing in the eyes of so many others, including my own.
You say that if we trust You and lean on You then You will make our paths straight. Please, Lord, I am leaning on You now. I don’t always know the right step to take, so I need You to straighten the path as I walk. And when I don’t have the strength to keep walking, I need You to carry me. And when I don’t even have the strength to stand, please, Lord, just hold me for awhile and let me know that it’s going to be okay.
Help me remember that it’s not my job to always know which way to go in life or to be “strong enough,” but that my job is simply to let You lead, to lean on You when I am weak, to follow You in daily obedience, to work at whatever I do with all my heart for Your glory, and to let You work it all out for good and for Your purposes.
The Bible says that if I commit my plans to You, Lord, they will succeed. Well, I am committing my plans to You – the work I do everyday. I want to do it for Your glory, Your purposes, and Your kingdom. Help me remember to do my best simply because it matters to You, because You see what I do and why I am doing it. And what I do matters to You, even if no one else sees it. Guide me along as I go, as I do the jobs You give me each day. Lead me in the direction You want me to go. Use my efforts as You want to, whether they appear successful to the world or not.
I know that I might not see the rewards of my work, my efforts, here on earth or on this side of eternity, but may I be successful, Lord, in Your eyes, in the heavenly realms. Help me remember to always work for eternity, not for the things I can see. Help me build up treasures in heaven as I wait to hear those words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”