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A Calming Prayer for Every Feeling

No matter the emotion, there’s a prayer for it.

A prayer for every feeling
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My two children were preschoolers when my wife and I began teaching them a weekly memory verse. The first Bible verse they memorized (and no, it wasn’t “Jesus wept”) can also function as a suggestive and helpful prayer for every occasion and every emotion. 

It differs only a little from one Bible version to another. At the time, the Bible we used for our family devotions rendered it, “When I am afraid, I will trust in You” (Psalm 56:3, NIV 1984).  

Since then, I have prayed countless versions of that verse. It adapts easily and succinctly to any and every situation I encounter and every emotion I feel. Here are some examples that you can incorporate into your prayers: 

Someone or something upsets you: “When I am angry, I will trust in You.”

Your schedule (or life) seems to spin out of control: “When I am stressed, I will trust in You.”

Someone offends or hurts you: “When I am hurt, I will trust in You.”

Your physical, mental or emotional resources run out: “When I am exhausted, I will trust in You.”

Comparisons with others assail you: “When I feel insecure, I will trust in You.”

You lose someone or something: “When I am grieving, I will trust in You.”

Loneliness strikes: “When I am lonely, I will trust in You.”

You’re having trouble waiting for someone or something: “When I am impatient, I will trust in You.”

Someone lashes out: “When I am under attack, I will trust in You.”

You’re confused: “When I don’t know what to do, I will trust in You.”

See how well it works? And those are just a start. This Psalm 56:3 prayer can be adapted to practically any emotion or situation. Try it, and adapt it to your need-of-the-moment, in every moment.

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