A Prayer For When The Struggle Is Real

Sometimes life feels as if it’s out of control. The struggle. Thoughts racing. Worries mounting. Sleepless nights. Trials and tribulations seem to be lurking around way too many corners, right?

It’s in these tough times that people are more willing to close their eyes and pray to whatever higher power they’re believing is real. It’s in these times plenty of questions arise.

· “Why is this happening to me, God?”

· “God, where are You? I feel so alone.”

· “Are you kidding me, God? How much longer?”

· “Is this all there is to life, God?”

And so on.

I understand, having asked those very questions plenty of times throughout life. I’ve been through plenty of shattered dreams, disillusionment, and just plain ole’ raw and real pain, raked hard through the coals.

I’m guessing you have, too.

But I can’t help but hear Lynn Anderson’s lyrics:

“I beg your pardon. I never promised you a rose garden. Along with the sunshine, there’s gotta be a little rain sometimes.”

God’s creation — us included — is amazing and profound. However, because we have free will and well, haven’t quite gotten full revelation that we truly are specks of God-dust standing on a planet that’s whirling and twirling in space, sometimes we go through some tough stuff!

Broken hearts, sickness, poor decisions, pathological loneliness, addictions, loss of loved ones, gut-wrenching pain, depression, and so on.

And, what we do during these painful times matters. We can moan, groan, whine, or spiral into a deep depression, point our fingers at others and God and harden our hearts.

Or, we can take a deep breath. Exhale. Allow the pain to stir in us a stronger passion for communion with Spirit. A yearning to go inside and really make a solid connection; an experiential knowing that God has not abandoned us. That God is as close as we desire — inside. Not out there. In here.

For the times when we feel life is spinning out of control or we’re just struggling one way or another, may we remember to stop and seek God in silence and prayer. Rather than hardening the heart, ask God to melt our hearts into divine love — for ourselves, for God, for our fellow humans.

Not sure what to say? Close your eyes and drop down into your heart. Relax into this prayer:

“God, whoever or whatever you are, thank You for hearing me. For allowing me to connect with You right here, right now. On this earthly plane, God, I’m hurting. I’m sad, lonely, and losing hope. Life isn’t going as I want, and my dreams have been shattered. (State how you feel)

Yet, I offer gratitude for all that is. I thank You for who You are in the midst of everything. I declare that I am connected to You — that I’m gaining more and more revelation of this each day. I thank You that You are able to take pain and turn it into purpose. Show me, God, how I can grow through this time in my life, and how I can use the lessons I learn to help others.

I affirm that I am healed and whole mind, body, and spirit. I’m full of hope, purposing to be led by what my spiritual eyes see, not by what my physical eyes see. I’m allowing faith to rise in me more each day, believing that my desires are indeed manifesting as I believe.

And, that my biggest desire — to know You and experience You more fully — is the most passionate longing of my heart. So, I can experience more peace and joy along this journey, no matter what’s going on. And to represent You well, embodying a divine, agape Love to a world that needs it.

I might not understand the “whys”, God, but I’m choosing to trust You. Trust the divine mystery. I’m following You, God. Your leading. Your will. Thank you, Great Spirit. Thank you.

I can’t help but wonder what the world would look like if we all abandoned ourselves to God wholeheartedly, to diligently practicing the spiritual path we resonate with, and faithfully revering the sacred.

So be it.

Matthew 6:5–6 (MSG)

And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat?

Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.”