For when you’re struggling with contentment

Psalm 62:1 is so honest: “From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint…” It reveals total desperation, and a request for help from the only One who can truly give it.

Sometimes you just don’t feel great. I get it. Maybe you also feel like you’re at the end of yourself with a “faint” heart. Being content or at peace can seem like a dream from another world.

So today I’d like to simply offer you a prayer. Why not make it your own?

Good Shepherd,
On the days when I obsess about what others have but I don’t,
remind me that you have made me a spiritual billionaire in Christ.
On the days when all I can hear is the constant comparisons to others,
and the negative judgments, opinions and criticisms of others,
remind me that my first job is simply to be faithful to you,
and that you alone are my ultimate source of affirmation.
On the days when I drown in apathy, or when I question my purpose,
remind me that you have called me to be salt and light,
to be useful to Jesus as his hands and feet in a hurting world,
to be proactive about attending to the needs of others.
On the days when I worry like a professional,
remind me that worry and faith can’t both command the same brain at the same time.
Remind me that you provide for my needs,
and that in you, I have everything.
In Jesus’ never-failing name I pray, Amen.

By Matthew Ruttan

–Today’s prayer is based on the recent “Contentment” series. Here is a post that summarizes the entire series.
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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