Prayer from the Past with Truth for Today

Since I’m swamped this week with preparing and sending out our church’s initial Angel Tree letters in addition to all my regular tasks, I thought I’d share something that I wrote many years ago. In fact, it’s my first published piece. It appeared as the Prayer Diary page in the women’s devotional magazine Journey.

I wrote this prayer in a different season of life, but the struggles, thoughts, and truths expressed can be applied to almost anyone’s life at almost any time. I pray that it encourages someone in a special way today.

Prayer Diary

Dear Lord,

Now that our oldest child is in high school, the expensive years ahead seem all too close. Even now the financial demands are great. Between paying for the orthodontist, the dermatologist, the optometrist, the dentist, private study for our aspiring concert pianist, car insurance for a teenage driver, and the general cost of living, who can save for college? Even though you have always graciously met our needs, I must admit I tend to panic when I think of the expenses we will face over the next few years.

Lord, forgive me for not trusting You completely with this. I know that You are our faithful Provider and all that we have comes from You, even the ability and the good health needed to make a living.

Help us, dear Father, not to worry about or try to deal with these expensive years in our own power or with our own wisdom. Help us to manage our finances wisely and continually commit them to You.

Lord, thank You for meeting our needs day by day from the fullness of Your grace and mercy. And most of all, thank You for loving me even when I am weak and forget to trust You.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:24-26

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  1. a pertinent prayer for my season as well as bills are beginning to mount and daily life needs continue…

    a good reminder for me about God’s continuing provision in our lives.

    Hope the Angel Tree goes well for you this year…


  2. I can relate to this even though my children are still a few years away from leaving home. When things start piling up, sometimes I go to that “worry” place. I need to go to HIM instead!

    Thank you for th reminder, my friend!

  3. A timeless reminder.

  4. Isn’t great to look back on those years and see how God has provided!

  5. If ever such heartfelt prayer is needed, it is today. So many people are struggling with finances; and many have lost jobs & homes. May God use YOUR prayer to encourage others in their struggle.

    Bless you!

  6. Yes, Debbie, it is amazing to look back and see the ways God has provided for our needs over the years. How I thank Him for His faithfulness!

    And welcome to my blog, Kathleen! So glad you came over to visit. Blessings to you!

  7. A prayer many can relate to at different stages in life. Trusting GOD’s love and provision for all of us…

    Blessings to you Cheryl and thank you for sharing your heart prayer.

  8. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing. We’ve all been there and will be there again as each new circumstance challenges us to trust Him more.

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