Riding the Roller Coaster: Feeling Frustrated-Finding Patience
The Serenity Prayer is always timely: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen.
“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him. He alone is my rock and my Salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. O my people, trust in Him at all times. Pour out your heart to Him, for God is our refuge.”
A Prayer for God’s Peace When Frustrated
Dear God, I am losing control over many things in my life. I feel frustrated and powerless. I am tempted to lash out at things and people. Lord, remind me that You are sovereign over the universe and nothing escapes Your notice. You work all things for my good. You are the one directing my steps. I want to continually reflect on the promises in Your Word. Replace the frustration I feel with Your peace. In the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen.
Staying Faithful by John Van da Laar
We really would prefer it, Jesus, if the big problems of our world could be resolved quickly; we don’t mind the effort, the hard work, or even the sustained hours over a few weeks or even months; It’s the years of faithful commitment that we struggle with.
But, from the perspective of eternity, a lifetime of commitment to your reign is really not that much to ask; And so we pray that you would help us to stay faithful to love ones in our homes and families,
who need to know they can depend on us; to our brothers and sisters in faith, who need us to strengthen and welcome them, even as we need their companionship; to the people of our neighborhood and city, who need us to be good citizens, and conscientious justice seekers; to the people of our nation, who need our constant prayers, and our commitment to participate in political, economic and social systems; to the people of the world, who need us to embrace them and care for them, even though it may offer us no benefit, and have no real impact on our lives;
Teach us the love that stays faithful for the long haul, Jesus, the persistence that will not give up,
and the grace to trust your faithfulness, even when we cannot see results.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.