Trusting during adversity prayer exercise

Five minutes of exercise:

Your heavenly Father promises relief from adversity for those who honor him, have faith, and trust him.

A word from scripture:

Even in darkness, light dawns for the upright. Psalm 112:4 (NIV)

The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,
which shines ever brighter until the full light of day
. Proverbs 4:18 (NLT) 

Meditation guidance:
1. Tell your heavenly Father that you are looking to him for relief, like the dawn, to come. Talk about your faith and trust in him. Speak of your doubts also. Use these scriptures to shape your prayer:

I rise early, before the sun is up; I cry out for help and put my hope in your words.
I stay awake through the night, thinking about your promise.
In your faithful love, O Lord, hear my cry; let me be revived by following your regulations.
Psalm 119:147-149 (NLT)

Desperate, I throw myself on you: you are my God! Psalm 31:14 (MSG)

To you, O Lord, I offer my prayer; in you, my God, I trust. Psalm 25:1-2a (GNT)

 But even when I am afraid, I keep on trusting you. Psalm 56:3 (CEV)

Even if I go through the deepest darkness,
I will not be afraid, Lord, for you are with me.
Psalm 23:4 (GNT)

2. Talk to your heavenly Father about the despair and darkness in your life. Cry out to God. Use these scriptures to help you:

O Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning.
Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you.
Psalm 5:1-2 (NLT)

Listen, God, I’m calling at the top of my lungs: “Be good to me! Answer me!” Psalm 27:9 (MSG) 

Hurry with your answer, God! I’m nearly at the end of my rope.
Don’t turn away; don’t ignore me!
Psalm 143:7 (MSG)

 Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes,
or I will sleep in death.
Psalm 13:3 (NIV)

3. As you wait for your heavenly Father to answer your prayer, meditate on these scriptures to strengthen you:

 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. Psalm 37:7 (NIV)

Only God gives inward peace, and I depend on him. Psalm 62:5 (CEV)

You, Lord, are my shepherd. I will never be in need. You let me rest in fields of green grass.
You lead me to streams of peaceful water, and you refresh my life.
You are true to your name, and you lead me along the right paths.
Psalm 23:1-3 (CEV) 

I can lie down and sleep soundly because you,
Lord, will keep me safe.
Psalm 4:8 (CEV)

I know that I will live to see the Lord’s goodness in this present life.
Psalm 27:13 (GNT)

Here is the exercise in a handy, condensed format to print out and use when you pray.

Prayer Zone Journal: Monument Valley, Utah

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