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Prayer Devotional: Day 72

I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. – Psalm 18:1 KJV

Sometimes we are so exhausted that we forget to ask God for strength. He loves us and knows that we are tired. He can help and also send others to help when we are wiped out.

Parenting a toddler takes an incredible amount of energy. Even though toddlers seem to have an unlimited supply of energy, moms do not.

The Lord knows when we need to rest. He gave us a day of rest each week, in fact, but we don’t always rest when we should. Jesus experienced everything that we go through on this Earth. He understands our challenges and takes compassion on us. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 18

Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. – Luke 6:36 KJV

Being merciful includes showing mercy to ourselves. Sometimes we need to say “no” even if we think that answer might displease someone. The Lord knows that we do our best work when we are healthy, balanced, and well rested.

If we didn’t sleep well, it may take a day to make up the lost sleep. If we have a cold, it is okay to take time to recover.

Mercy and self care go hand in hand. The Lord can help us balance our priorities. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 363

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:30‭-‬31 NIV

God has the solution to energy crashes. When we are tired, we can place our hope in the Lord, and He will renew our strength. He can give us the endurance of marathon runners.

He also helps us pace ourselves, whether we are walking or running, working or resting. He knows when we feel burnt out, and He gave us the Sabbath to restore ourselves.

We look forward to the Sabbath because it allows us to rest and enjoy our relationship with the Lord. We love Him and want to follow His commandments, so we honor the Sabbath day, which He said to keep holy.

The next day we will have another day to work, and we can go forward with renewed energy and with the Lord’s encouragement. He can give us just the right amount of energy to get through each day, and then some. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 360

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. – Ephesians 2:10 NIV

The Lord created us with exquisite workmanship. He prepares us to do good works.

We sometimes feel like we are burning the candle at both ends. God gave us the Sabbath to rest, because He knew we need to rest in order to do good work the next day. After resting, we feel more like ourselves again. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 351

Day 351


You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. – Isaiah 26:3 NIV


It is natural for the mind to wander. When we focus our attention on the Lord and something distracts us, it is perfectly okay to notice that we were gone and return out thoughts back to Jesus.  He always helps and protects us when we believe and ask Him for assistance.


No request is too small for Him. He cares about everything about us.
He never gets tired. He never runs out of energy.


The Lord always wants to hear from us. It pleases Him when we put Him at the center of our attention. 
Focusing on the Lord may mean exercising boundaries.


We may feel uncomfortable telling people that we reserve a day for rest and worship, but that day of restoration is important. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 325

Day 325

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. – 1 Corinthians 13:4 NIV 

Self love includes being patient and kind to ourselves. We sometimes focus so much on taking care of others that we forget to take care of ourselves. Self care is a form of self love.

Sometimes we have to honor that we are out of energy by the end of the day and need to take something off our schedule. The Lord understands that our energy is finite, which means that we need to say “no” to some things.

We take pride in our productivity, but there is a time to work and a time to rest. Even God rested on the seventh day after creating humanity. The Lord rested and declared His work good. We can rest and restore ourselves, too. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 286

Day 286

The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” – Exodus 33:14 NIV

When we are tired, we need to rest. The Lord knows that we need a day off to restore our minds, bodies, and spirits. This Sabbath rest is essential, not only to honor our relationship with God, but also because we are human and it is very easy to fall when the devil trips us up. 

The devil looks for every opportunity to attack us. He wants us to feel angry, frustrated, and resentful rather than loving, kind, and patient. When we feel ourselves slipping, we need to call out to the Lord to help us. His Presence is with us and in us. He is never far away. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 268

Day 268

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28‭-‬30 NIV

The burden of working from home while raising a toddler is heavy. It sometimes feels like one full-time job on top of another, especially if the toddler skips his nap. 

Why would Jesus say He can give us rest by trading our heavier burden with His light one? Why wouldn’t He lift the burden entirely so we could rest without having to lift anything?

Jesus knows that after we rest, we will be rejuvenated and can work again. His work, sharing the gospel, is hardly work at all. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 112

Day 112

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. – Psalm 62:1

It’s a glorious thing that the Lord can give us rest for our souls when we are weary.

I often crash land into the Sabbath. By the end of the week, I really need to rest, and God knows I need to restore my spirit. He knows I need to turn my eyes upon Him so that I can refocus my energy on my work during the week to come. 

No other person can bring rest and salvation the way Jesus Christ can. He is the author and finisher of our faith. He cares about us deeply and is present in our lives. 

We need to practice listening to Him and focusing on the everlasting life He offers us. Then the things of Earth can grow dim. Amen. 

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