At the end of every day there’s nothing better we can do than to give it all to God. To lay down our worries and cares. To thank him for his blessings and his presence through every hour of the day. To recognize the ways he’s led us, offered protection over our families, and provided for our needs. And though often we know that to be true, it can be difficult to really let everything go. Or we forget to even give him thanks for the constant way he’s at work in our lives.
We carry the worries and stress straight to bed with us. We hold on to the wounds and hurt feelings. We wrestle for sleep but can’t seem to turn off the spinning thoughts of to-do lists, schedules, and what we still need to get done for tomorrow.
It’s true, some days just get hard.
We feel exhausted. Worn. Tired of fighting. Struggling with defeated thoughts. None of us are immune. And often there’s not even just one big thing, but just lots of little battles that can drain us dry. Parenting, marriage, job, relationships, fears, worries about the future, experiencing loss, discouragement, illness, money problems – it all can leave us beaten down and worn. And the enemy seems to fight hardest when he knows we’re already weary.
God’s very presence and the truth of his word are the only things that can bring deep peace to our souls. The peace he gives is the kind of peace the world can’t offer, the kind of peace that doesn’t make sense even to our own minds.
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“Your future is secure and made certain because of him.”
May he remind you right now that you are never alone, that he knows your way, and he has a plan. He’s right there with you, both now and in all your tomorrows too. He has already covered the past, so you don’t have to keep going back there. You don’t live there anymore. And your future is secure and made certain because of him. You can rest assured, knowing, believing, he holds it all in his hands.
Come to him with your troubles. May God lift all burdens of anxiety from your shoulders. Where you’ve been filled with doubt, may he replace it with faith. Where you’ve been filled with racing thoughts, may he replace it with calm.
“He’s the storm-calmer, the peace-giver, the burden-lifter, the hope-bringer.”
Whatever’s pressing on our minds and hearts tonight, may God give us the strength to lay it down…again. All our wrestling, and the worries and stress we carry, are useless. We can trust that he’ll take care of whatever concerns us. He knows the best way; his timing is perfect. And he is able. He’s the storm-calmer, the peace-giver, the burden-lifter, the hope-bringer. Nothing is too difficult for him. He truly is our peace.
Use this prayer as an outline for your own prayer to God for the end of each day, and let him fill you with his peace and love.