Sometimes it seems like a lonely road, walking on Your narrow path. Often times I’m ridiculed, thought of as strange, and ostracised because I choose to follow You. Unbelievers think I’m crazy, and many believers think I’m too extreme. But You, Lord, are more than worth all my devotion, and if I must choose between You and people, I choose You. I’m not asking You to change these circumstances, but I’m praying for those people who don’t want company with me because of the fact that I follow You with all my heart. For the unbelievers, that You would open their eyes. The reason they want nothing to do with me, is really because they don’t know You, and want nothing to do with You. For the believers, that You would open their eyes, too, and that my example would encourage them to seek Your face with everything within them.
Lord, I pray that they would recognize how good You really are. The unbelievers may be Your enemies now, but You extend Your salvation to anyone who will believe in and obey You. You loved me first, that’s why I love You. When I was yet a sinner and Your enemy, You died for me, and You have Saved me and you keep me. And You have done, and can do, exactly the same for them, too.
Lord, I pray that they may know You, too. Convict them, draw them, do whatever it takes to cause them to look to You alone, Jesus, and see how desperately they are in need of You.
And for those who are professing believers, but actually working against You in ignorance, I pray they be ignorant no more and instead work with You and not grieve Your Holy Spirit. I pray You lead them into all truth and that they turn away from any doctrinal deceptions they have fallen for.
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Prayers from the heart is a series of short prayers written with the intent of helping you in your prayer time. There is no ‘magic formula’ to prayer, and no set of written words that will make whatever you want happen. Simply pray from your heart, be honest with your Heavenly Father and remember that He loves you. If this prayer or any other prayers from this series make a good starting point for you, please feel free to use them!
Here are a few helpful scriptures about prayer, as well:
And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey Him
and do the things that please Him.
1 John 3:22
You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.
And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will,
He heareth us: And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask,
we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.
1 John 5:14-15
Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.
And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—
you want only what will give you pleasure.