Spiritual Growth

Spiritual support for real life.


Encouragement and answers to help you grow in God's word.

What Does God Say

What Does God Say

Worrier or Warrier

Worrier or Warrior?

Where's Your Focus_

Where Are You Focused?

Refuge and Strength

Our Refuge and Strength

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How Does A Christian Respond?

Prayers & Passages

Resources to help you grow your prayer life with God.

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be your Name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever.

The Ripple Effect Prayer
  1. Start by praying for yourself and those closest to you.
  2. Next, pray for your direct neighbors and your co-workers if you work outside of home.
  3. Pray for your neighborhood and community – mentally walk up and down the streets around your home.
  4. Pray for your school and/or church families – those people you know and especially care about.
  5. Pray for your city and the surrounding area.
  6. Pray for the county.
  7. Pray for your state.
  8. Pray for your country.
  9. Pray for those in your hemisphere.
  10. Pray for everyone in the world, especially in those countries in conflict or struggle right now.
5 Steps to Guide Your Prayers in Times of Trouble
  1. Pray Psalm 91 over your family and nation.
  2. Pray for the crisis in your life or in the world.
  3. During this prayer time, pray against fear and remind yourself that God has not given you a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7). Because fear can cause people to make reactionary or unwise decisions, pray for wisdom. Pray about the types of fear that you are experiencing—the fear of the trouble itself and the fear of lack of control.
  4. Pray for comfort and hope, and an opportunity to share the reason for the hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15).
  5. Submit your prayers to God's will, trusting in him for real hope and healing, no matter the outcome. 
Prayers During Times of Trouble

Almighty God, merciful Father, our ever-present help in time of trouble, once again we have come to realize that your thoughts are not our thoughts, your ways are not our ways. In your wisdom you have permitted this trouble. Do not let the hearts of your people despair, but sustain and comfort them. Heal the sick, console the bereaved and afflicted, protect the helpless, and deliver all who are still in danger, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We pray to you, almighty God, in this time of trouble. Be our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in time of trouble. Do not let us lose courage in the face of these events. Uphold us with your love, and give us the strength we need. Help us in our confusion, and guide our actions; in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Heavenly Father, we commend to your care all whose jobs are on hold, those who can’t find work, those who don’t know where their next paycheck is coming from, and those who don’t know where they’re going to lay their head tonight. Do not forget or forsake them. Keep them from bitterness and frustration, and help them cast their cares on you. Graciously supply their physical needs from day to day. Encourage them as they seek work. Give us all the spirit of love that willingly bears each others’ burdens and shows itself in genuine concern for each other’s needs, for the sake of Jesus, whose compassion never fails. Amen.

Prayers for the Sick

O Lord, you are the great physician of soul and body. You chasten and you heal. We pray that you would look with mercy on this servant of yours in their illness. If it is your will, spare their life and restore their strength. You gave your Son to bear our infirmities and sicknesses. Deal compassionately with your servant and bless the medical means employed on their behalf with your healing power. We commit them to your gracious mercy and protection, for you are a faithful and merciful God. Amen.

Remember, O Lord, the tempted, the distressed, and the erring; gently guide them, and by your great goodness bring them into the way of peace and truth. Let the light of your truth shine on those who do not know you, that they may be turned toward you and so find peace. Graciously regard all who are sick, in trouble, danger, temptation, bondage of sin, and those to whom death draws near. In your mercy draw them to yourself; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God, the consolation of the sorrowful and the strength of the weak, hear the prayers of those who cry out to you in sickness or sorrow, in trouble or distress. Grant relief to those suffering pain, comfort to those who mourn, and recovery to those burdened by illness and disease. Look with compassion on the homeless, the destitute, those whose inner hurts we cannot see, and all who have none to care for them. Soothe and heal all who are broken in body or spirit, and bring us all to the perfect peace and rest of heaven, for the sake of Jesus, your Son, and our Savior. Amen

Compassionate Father, in your mercy you transform even sickness and disease into a blessing for your children. With this confidence we commit all who are sick or suffering to your tender care. We pray especially for ______ . Provide healing and relief according to your infinite wisdom and boundless mercy. Grant patient endurance if his suffering must linger. Help him find true spiritual strength through Jesus and his cross during this time of physical weakness. By the work of the Holy Spirit, teach him to trust in your forgiveness, grace, and love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Prayers for Your Family

Watch, dear Lord, with those who wake or watch or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, give rest to the weary, pity the afflicted, soothe the suffering, bless the dying—and all for your love’s sake. Amen. (Saint Augustine c. 354-430)

Write your blessed name, O Lord, on my heart, there to remain so indelibly engraved that no prosperity, no adversity, shall ever move me from your love. Be to me a strong tower of defense, a comforter in tribulation, a deliverer in distress, an ever-present help in trouble, and a guide to heaven through the many temptations and dangers of this life. Amen. (Thomas à Kempis, c. 1380–1471)

What does it matter, O Lord, if the future is dark? I do not pray for tomorrow but for today. Keep my heart steadfast and grant me your light—just for today. Amen. (Theresa of Lisieux, 1873–1897)

Almighty and merciful God, our only source of health and healing, you alone can bring calmness and peace. Grant to us, your children, a consciousness of your presence and a strong confidence in you. In our pain, our weariness, and our anxiety, surround us with your care, protect us by your loving might, and permit us once more to enjoy health and strength and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Mealtime Prayers

Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest, and let these gifts to us be blessed. Amen

O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good, and his mercy endures forever. Amen

Night Time Prayer

Heavenly Father, hear my prayer. Keep me in your loving care. Guide and bless me in all I do and help me always follow you. Amen!