When You Feel Discouraged

Have you ever gone through a period of discouragement? Perhaps you’re in one right now. Believe me, I’ve been right there with you. I’ve hidden in the cave with Elijah, under the gourd plant with Jonah, and in the dessert with Moses.

Discouragement comes when there is a gap between what you expect and what you experience—when there is a gap between what you hoped would happen and what actually does happen.

Discouragement can destroy your passion and undermine your purpose. It can take root because of what others say or didn’t say—a mom who said too much or a dad who said too little. Unmet expectations can become the breeding ground for discouragement to multiply and take root.

We certainly see that in Moses’s life. When Moses was forty years old, he expected to be the deliverer for his people. But what he experienced was rejection and regret. Forty years later, when God called him to lead the enslaved Israelites out of Egypt, Moses argued:

Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue” (Exod. 4:10).

This statement that came out of Moses’s stuttering lips was simply not true. As Stephen reminded us: “Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action” (Acts 7:22).

Moses had defined himself by his failure and was held hostage by a constant state of discouragement. Oh friend, we need to be so careful to not do the same.

Discouragement causes many a believer to pull up a lawn chair in cul-de-sac Christianity and refuse to venture out to the adventurous faith. They mumble the words “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me” over their hopes and dreams. They fill the gap between what they hope for and what they experience with the false belief that dreams aren’t worth the effort.

What we tend to see as a permanent condition, God sees as a temporary situation. What you see as one of your greatest setbacks might be one of God’s incredible setups for marvelous miracles to occur. If you are meeting resistance in your hopes and dreams, then you’re most likely on the right track. The devil wouldn’t mess with you if you weren’t a menace to his plans and a valuable asset to God.

What the devil really wants to do is to steal your confidence, and the best time to rob you blind is during a season of disappointment. Guard your heart. Don’t be caught unaware and allow him to hold you back, trip you up or slow you down. The circumstances are, well, just circumstantial—collateral damage in the real battle to take away your confidence in Christ.

So don’t let the devil win. You are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus!

Let go of debilitating discouragement and take hold of your next assignment!

Dear God, I’ll admit that sometimes I get so discouraged I feel like I can’t go on. When things don’t go the way I thought they would, I just want to quit. Help me to remember that my greatest setbacks might be one of Your incredible setups for marvelous miracles to occur. Give me the God-confidence that I need to keep moving forward in Your will. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Let’s take some time and pray for each other today. Click on the comment button, leave your prayer request, and then pray for the name above yours. I’ll pray for the first commenter.

Today’s devotion came from my book, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For: Let Go, Move Forward, Live Bold. Let’s take hold of all that Jesus has already taken hold of for us and placed in us! While you’re there, check out the Take Hold Lambano necklace, and companion Identity in Christ laminated scripture cards. The book also comes with a Bible study guide.

158 Responses to When You Feel Discouraged

  1. Johandi October 30, 2018 at 4:13 am #

    I feel discouraged and I don’t know if God is gonna send me someone to share my lfe with. Please pray for me to get some clarity.

    • Sharon Jaynes October 30, 2018 at 9:42 am #

      Lord, I pray for Johandi today. I pray that she will not be discouraged about being single, but will take advantage of the time she has to enjoy life as a single person. I pray that you will surround her with people who love her and enjoy her. Help her not to see the benefits of singleness rather than the lacks. At the same time, I pray that you will send her a godly man with whom she can share her life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.2

      • Celeste Cummins October 30, 2018 at 9:20 pm #

        I feel the same way as Johandi. I just “broke up with” a guy I’ve been texting for a month, so now I have no prospects. But, my friends, counselor, Pastor, brother in law all told me he wasn’t a good guy for me. Sharon, as I read your prayer for Johandi, I put myself into it, too (I hope that’s ok)!

      • Abby November 7, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

        Please pray for me as well. The other day I thought about ending it all. I see my colleagues with good jobs and am still at home with no responses at any job I apply for. I’m debt ridden and I have no where else to turn to. Please pray for me. Thank you .

  2. Adora October 30, 2018 at 4:22 am #

    I am really discouraged right now. My life is not going the way I dreamed and hoped it will. Pls pray for me to know God’s will for me and to accept it and be content in it and to know the next step for my life. Also pray for God to send me some encouragement because I need it desperately. Thank you.

    • Tammy October 30, 2018 at 4:50 pm #

      Dear God,
      I pray that You will bless and touch Adora’s mind and spirit with Your wisdom and CLEAR direction for her life. Lord let her know that her steps are ordered by You and although her vision for the future may be limited YOU can see perfectly the entire picture, the good plan, the blessed plan you have for her according to Your will. Give her the strength to surrender every single detail to You and your divine timing.
      In the name of Jesus
      Amen

  3. Katherine myles October 30, 2018 at 4:45 am #

    I understand about setbacks right now I’m believing in a business me and my husband have plans for. I’m feeling 😱 now in the past my husband has been giving money like should. I’m praying for him to step to the plate to provide for our household be man God called him to be in Jesus Christ name.

  4. Yasmin Green October 30, 2018 at 4:48 am #

    Good morning! This devotion was right on time. I’ve been feeling discouraged about my current job and school. Please pray for my situation regarding my job and my schooling.

    Thank you!

  5. Rayna Kaufman October 30, 2018 at 4:52 am #

    One of my kids woke me up complaining of his stomach hurting. As I sit here comforting him I decided to read your email. Thank you! I struggle with discouragement as I think we all do at some level. Sometimes I let it overtake me and it has caused depression. It has caused me to want to give up and it sometimes is hard to move on. This was a needed reminder that he is using me for his purpose. And that I need to take hold of his promises and not let the devil win.

  6. Bridget Stalvey October 30, 2018 at 4:54 am #

    Almost 9 months pregnant and my family and I moved back North to be closer to my family. Last year a year ago yesterday we experienced our newborn baby stop breathing and being put on life support at 4 weeks old. He passed away at 7 weeks old. We got pregnant a few months later with this baby. During the next few months we experienced two bad car accidents, almost being homeless, my husband going through a storm of lust towards another woman, the inability to get caught up on bills and so much more. Now we are closer to my family staying with my mom temporarily and having trouble with my husband landing a good job to support us, my mom’s landlord not wanting us to stay much longer which we know this 2 bedroom apt is too small for all of us, running out of money, multiple dr appts to make sure this baby is ok because we found out we are carriers of genetic mutations that caused our last baby to pass, etc. Cars breaking down because they are old and high mileage. I just need a break. We need new cars, a house to call home, my husband needs a good paying job and this baby to be healthy.

    • Nana October 30, 2018 at 7:53 pm #

      Dear Lord please hear Bridget’s prayers and support her family through their situation. In Jesus name I pray.

    • Sherry C Green November 2, 2018 at 10:27 am #

      Lord Jesus, I ask for your attention and your amazing decisions for not only good outcomes, but much more for this family. Design their life anew dear Lord! Create! Create! An amazing future for their walk together here on earth with YOU, OH LORD! Fill in all the blanks of their life, the spaces where nothing is happening like it’s supposed to, and life is so sorrowful and difficult. Show them who you are and show them Your Love for them. Bless this hard time in their lives and turn their troubles inside out -into walking along their days with sweet victories and Your Love and company. Glorify yourself be praised by raising them up and answering their hearts prayers! In Jesus name Amen love you all, blessings to you all!

  7. Stepphon Jackson October 30, 2018 at 4:58 am #

    God help me to do what you require of me. I am not perfect but I want to be pleasing to you. I have Prayed for a long time to have a marriage,that is everything you say it should in the bible.I have prayed for my family to have unity and be restored. help me do be the jumping off stone of everything that you have for my family. Help me to have the right attitude about all my family. Help me to stop being a procrastinator. Move when you say move an not be so arrogant to think that I should keep getting chances. I want to abide in you with everything that I have. I Love you Lord Amen!!!

  8. Esther enriquez October 30, 2018 at 5:00 am #

    Prayers for granddaughter leave her past hurts and get her therapy needed for mental health and stop the drug & alcohol use. So her child will be reunited with her. God will give me strength & wisdom if I am to be given temporary custody. That Gods love will be with us in our circumstances right now. Amen

  9. Grace Oliver October 30, 2018 at 5:03 am #

    Dear friends

    What you put here is really true. The story of Moses – rejection and regret. Which i believe, make him to be shepherd in the
    house of his in – low Jethro. He thought nothing good can come out of him.

    I am in the same state of discouragement – in my family and place of work.
    I experience rejection and find myself nowhere to go or even what to do. I thought of resign from work and see what still God
    has for me in his great store.

    I therefore request your prayer for my present situation.

    • Betty Jo Cloninger October 31, 2018 at 1:49 am #

      Don’t lose heart, God is there during every difficult moment, lean in to Him and his ways…bringing peace, contentment, joy!

  10. Carol E October 30, 2018 at 5:05 am #

    Please pray for relationship between our son and my husband. He is adopted and is definitely not like my husband. This has become strained recently as he is now an adult and does not always do things as his dad would. Prayers that God would strengthen their relationship.

  11. Christy October 30, 2018 at 5:06 am #

    Please pray that I will have favor while waiting for Gods promise to unfold and that I will love those that aren’t loveable. That I will remain joyful while waiting. I’ll be praying for you, Sharon!

  12. Annalisa Motes October 30, 2018 at 5:12 am #

    I’ve been divorced nine years without one date. I’m a single mom, sad, lonely and exhausted. All the reasons my former spouse left me for another woman, play over and over in my mind. My senior citizen mom just moved in with us. I was thinking she was going to be a big help to me, but our relationship had always been strained and it’s proving to be harder than I expected. I know I have so many blessings in my life, I’m just in a bit of a funk right now. Thank you for your prayers!

  13. Kathy Featherstone October 30, 2018 at 5:13 am #

    Please pray for my daughter Lauren who just lost her 6 week old son. She is only focused on him and her misery. Not her sweet 5 year old daughter. Very angry with God

  14. Lizzy October 30, 2018 at 5:15 am #

    I am desperately in need of a job. I went for an interview quite recently and have submitted my resume to various institutions and it’s seems as though there’s no reply.

    • Kimberly Hardiman October 30, 2018 at 2:20 pm #

      I can sooo relate. I pray you are blessed with a great job!

  15. Margaret October 30, 2018 at 5:29 am #

    Please pray for me for complete healing from cancer and back pain…and to not lose hope. Thank you. Blessings to you.

  16. Mathilda Reid October 30, 2018 at 5:29 am #

    Pray for financial miracle.

  17. Cassandra October 30, 2018 at 5:30 am #

    I so needed this I’ve been discouraged for a very long time I need the lords healing. And please pray for me to find employment soon I’m single and don’t have any I income coming in.Rhank you and God bless each one.

  18. Melanie October 30, 2018 at 5:32 am #

    I feel like I have found an area of my purpose. Just when I make my discovery publicly known, the enemy has tormented me with feelings of doubt, fear & procrastination! Please pray that I am able to let go & let God take hold to see my purpose fulfilled & experience God’s victory & joy!

  19. Michelle Gibson October 30, 2018 at 5:41 am #

    Your Devotion “When You feel Discourage” was right on time for me. A weeks ago my husband ask to leave our home for a few months, I was totally blind sided and I told him that if he leaves I will not be here when he comes back. Well He hasn’t leave physically yet but He has left in every other way and there is no peace.

    So please pray for me this season for my health, sound mind, wisdom, peace in my home and to be consistent in prayer for my husband and family. Also to come against the demonic forces that is trying to rob us of a wholesome and wonderful marriage and family.

  20. Angie October 30, 2018 at 5:53 am #

    Thank you for your encouraging message. Yes, I have fallen in this area.. being single again at 62 and having to start all over again can be quite discouraging, especially when my ultimate desire is to be in a Godly marriage.

  21. JENNY KELLINGER October 30, 2018 at 5:54 am #

    Please pray for my new living arrangements.

  22. Jodi October 30, 2018 at 5:54 am #

    Lord, I pray for those that are discouraged and for myself as well. Sometimes I don’t recognize discouragement for what it is. Feeling stuck can be a hard place to sit. I pray for my son to continue to find his place and for his faith to continue to grow. I pray for my sister in Christ to not be discouraged about her recent divorce, that God is still using her and will use this experience in her life to help others. I pray for my husband, that God will pull him close and grow their relationship so that he can be fulfilled by God and not other things so that we can repair our marriage. God has told me to wait and I am. Not getting discouraged during the wait is the fight I have against Satan. I can’t see any comments but I am praying for all who have read this message today, even if you are too discouraged to post.

  23. Amy DeHaan October 30, 2018 at 5:55 am #

    Praying for my family’s hearts to be softened to the word of God. For Christian friends to enter their lives to help encourage them in this journey and be help be the voice of truth. Thank you Lord for your grace we are so undeserving of. In your precious name!

  24. Clare Delano October 30, 2018 at 5:58 am #

    Please pray for my daughter’s marriage. Her name is Christa.

  25. Mariseli October 30, 2018 at 5:58 am #

    I’m struggling with God, Our relationship, and life. I want to finally finish what I start in all areas of my life. I need God’s guidance and more faith!

  26. Kathleen DJ October 30, 2018 at 6:04 am #

    Thank you, Sharon! This post came at a perfect time and helped lift me up. I am in a situation that I see no way out of. I’m praying for God’s clear guidance and the willingness to forgive so that I can heal and be well. Thank you for joining me in prayer!

  27. gaby October 30, 2018 at 6:09 am #

    Dearest Loving God, I pray and ask daily for a Financial breakthrough – pay off my debt quicker. I pray for a blessing over Johan Erasmus – may his heart be healed and if Gaby is meant to be in his life – let it be. I pray for my parents to be together – let there be communication. I thank you in Jesus Name for the amazing blessings I am about to receive. Amen

  28. Julie October 30, 2018 at 6:10 am #

    Please pray for our finances to improve. It’s so hard to get ahead. Thank you for the encouragement.

  29. Colleen October 30, 2018 at 6:11 am #

    Prayer that parent teacher meetings go well.

  30. June Brown October 30, 2018 at 6:14 am #

    Hi thanks for this, is very encouraging. Please pray the Lord will show myself and my husband the way forward I am now 71 and embarking on returning as a dance teacher for those over 50 years old. However I need the finances to re train. Our Son is currently living with us after a split from his wife and fourteen year old Son, he knew the Lord once. Please pray for him his name is Dean that he will return to the Lord and be restored.

  31. Jennifer Dukes October 30, 2018 at 6:14 am #

    I am requesting prayer for myself. I am battling manic depression and autoimmune diseases. I am also asking for prayer for my children and a dear friend who is moving.

  32. Jeannie October 30, 2018 at 6:20 am #

    I am truly experiencing discouragement at this time. I really need prayer. I cry out to God daily but the “circumstances ” remain the same. I believe God is with me and sees what is going on. I just dont feel any different. I need help

  33. Jennifer October 30, 2018 at 6:25 am #

    Please pray for my teenage daughter to make good decisions about college and her future and to be able to realize her worth and confidence.

  34. Lauren Schricker October 30, 2018 at 6:32 am #

    Clarity. Am I to stay in current position that I don’t like that much, but is showing evidence of opportunities to be involved in projects that are of interest? Or sumbit application for a different role in same company that’s probably a better fit in terms of interests but is mote demanding? Or is there something else God has planned?

  35. Debbie October 30, 2018 at 6:42 am #

    Please pray for my faith to grow in the midst of emotional and financial abuse from my husband of 15 yrs who is leaving the marriage. Pray that God will give me strength and hope, that He will reveal a clear direction for me and supply all my needs to get there and live in abundance. Pray for peace in my heart and health for my body. Thank you!

  36. Olufunmilola Okunuga October 30, 2018 at 6:51 am #

    Book not available where l am. Nigeria in Africa.

  37. Marcia Giddes October 30, 2018 at 6:57 am #

    I have been living with my brother and sister-in-law for a year and a half and I am wanting to move and have my own place again. One option is a Sr. Community apartment. However, because I am a Felon (theft – not a threat to society), they may turn me down. I am praying that God opens this door for me. And if not this door, one that gives me a chance to live a full life on my own.

    • Amelia October 30, 2018 at 9:07 pm #

      Father, I pray for Marcia today and ask you would provide a place for her to live on her own. In your perfect timing, we ask she might be able to live a full life on her own. Thank you for the time she has spent with her brother and sister in law and for their hospitality. May she feel your peace and know your provision. Help her to rest in you tonight. Amen

  38. Amelia October 30, 2018 at 6:58 am #

    Thank you! I needed this today. I took a ministry position 7 months ago and have been battling discouragement and feeling anxious and under attack. I appreciate the prayers and needed this reminder today.

  39. Janine October 30, 2018 at 6:58 am #

    I’m feeling tired and despondent. As a family (mom, dad and two lovely teenagers) we are very involved in various ministries in the church and it is a busy time.

    We ran a Vacation Bible club and the arranging and administration has taken it’s toll on me. Now it is all the year end special events coming up. We are a very small church and my personality is such that – where I see a need, I plug myself in.

    My husband is a student pastor and I work full time, I feel like I am not touching sides with the ministry and all of the business right now.

    Please pray that I will slow down and find ways to spend intimate time with the Lord to renew my strength.

    Janine

  40. Temitope October 30, 2018 at 7:00 am #

    I need God’s help on my new assignment. It sometimes scares me, I trust Him to grant me good success

  41. Dodi Bee October 30, 2018 at 7:04 am #

    I’ve given up on a dream got discouraged and just stopped and hid away in fear of the consequences and what others would think. I forgot to Trust God and move forward. I feel it’s roo late to rectify the situation but from reading today’s devotional it’s all been a trick. Maybe it’s tome to begin again, not the same dream but something more that is Hod driven and not self motivated.

    Pray for my unbelief and pray that I remember who I am in Christ Jesus again. Pray for my confidence and obedience. Pray that I let go once and for all the sin that’s holding me captive. GOD IS GREATER.

  42. Sheila October 30, 2018 at 7:07 am #

    My prayer request is that God would restore my joy and lift me out of anxiety and sadness

  43. April Potts October 30, 2018 at 7:14 am #

    My job… i KNOW God has me here for HIS purposes.. but it has turned into such a toxic, anger filled environment. Please pray for peace..

  44. Jenny Rohr October 30, 2018 at 7:23 am #

    So much discouragement has filled our family recently, though there is always hope in the Lord. What I love, though, is that when I am most discouraged, God seems to send others’ prayer requests my way. All I can do is turn to Him. Please pray for my sweet friend Marilena, mama of nine, whose 21-year-old daughter S. has walked away from God and the truth of Scripture to pursue a lifestyle change and same-sex marriage. My friend is in the midst of deep grief right now.

    And, Sharon, how I would LOVE to hide in a “dessert” with Moses. I’m thinking something with maple and pumpkin, while I glean his wisdom and feast!

    • Katherine Swarts October 30, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

      The professional typo spotter in me noticed that, too. I hope no one is “hiding in the dessert” in the sense of trying to eat away their bad feelings and generating more problems via low energy and obesity. (No, I’m not a health nut who wouldn’t touch candy, but I have made a point of learning to eat just one piece!)

  45. Kathryn October 30, 2018 at 7:23 am #

    Dear God,

    I pray for peace of mind and guidance for my life. I feel like a lost sheep searching for a place in life where I am loved and comforted. The loss of my 30 year marriage and losing my home has scared me. I have tried to move on even with love but I’m constantly hitting a brick wall. I don’t make enough money to afford to be on my own and I now don’t have a car of my own. I need to have a surgery that will need six to eight weeks of healing where I will not have income. I need your guidance Lord and help.
    Please send me signs witch path I should take. Please put your healing hand on the man in my life to help him with his abuse of alcohol. I know Lord there are bigger problems in this world. I thank you for everything you have given me and all to come.
    Amen

  46. Lile October 30, 2018 at 7:32 am #

    Thank You for your wonderful encouraging posts Today I need pray for my health I have pain in my back feet and joints God Bless all those who pray for others Thank You for your prayers!

  47. Jean Mecimore Chaney October 30, 2018 at 7:34 am #

    Ty for the encouragement ❤️I have stable stage 4 kidney disease! I pray for healing and peace for this condition! I am a Christian and I believe❤️

  48. Toni October 30, 2018 at 7:37 am #

    This message was so timely for me today!! I had a rough night of disrupted sleep including bad dreams. I woke up with my heart racing and my stomach hurting. I felt so discouraged and like I had a big setback in my healing journey. I need the Lord’s strength to keep on!

  49. Susan October 30, 2018 at 7:46 am #

    Please pray that I will be responsive to my husband.

  50. Lesa Mena October 30, 2018 at 8:05 am #

    Good morning. Discouragement is an understatement for me currently. Again, my husband and I are not as one and has been recurring for about ten years. He was diagnosed with PTSD (military) years ago and becomes emotional, physically unavailable. A life time of heartbreak with my oldest son who was married and decided to leave the marriage to live a gay lifestyle. (Did I mention I was married previously to a man for 14 years who left our marriage to live a gay lifestyle?) My second youngest son is struggling with understanding, comprehension, stubbornness, etc. We talk til the cows come home and he knows he needs to change but somehow the change doesn’t come. He continues to choose unwisely to be around friends that are not good for him. I see so much potential in him, so much to offer and he isn’t living up to his best. He says he wants to but somehow can’t. I am trying so hard to rise above again and stay strong but I am so discouraged and mostly tired. Very very tired. I believe whole heartedly with all you have said but I find myself pleading through tears again to God, “Enough. Please God this is enough”.

  51. Heather October 30, 2018 at 8:05 am #

    Such a great devotion! I have been dealing with a lot of panic and anxiety and hypochondria and it can be so overwhelming. I’ve been praying for God to help me through it. I still am afflicted with it but I’m trying to stay positive and trust that God has something amazing planned for me through all of this.

  52. Wendy October 30, 2018 at 8:06 am #

    In the middle of a divorce for 2 years full of stalls and delays on my husband’s part even though he asked for the divorce. We also still live in the same house which is complete torture. I ask God every day for relief from this torment. I have two kids and have been a stay at home mom for 16 years. Thank you.

  53. Debbie October 30, 2018 at 8:06 am #

    Grieving and discouraged right now. Seeking God’s direction in my ‘new’ normal……need discernment, patience and confidence.

  54. Terri October 30, 2018 at 8:13 am #

    Pray for my family and their protection from the Evil One, The Deceiver

  55. Deborah October 30, 2018 at 8:16 am #

    Just what I needed to hear today! I know the setback today my family is experiencing will be a setup to a wonderful future experience.

  56. Rett Olmsted October 30, 2018 at 8:22 am #

    My family is so broken today please pray for forgiveness so we can heal and move on in Jesus Precious Name

  57. Kimberly Toloumu October 30, 2018 at 8:25 am #

    My husband just got home from knee replacement surgery. Please pray that I soften my heart to his pain . I feel I am getting testy from lack of sleep and working and taking care of him . My body hurts and so does my heart !! I keep asking God for strength and forgiveness for my sometimes lack of sympathy!! The devil is taunting me !! Thank you Sharon

  58. Jess October 30, 2018 at 8:39 am #

    Please pray for a good job for my husband. Also for physical emotional& spiritual healing for him and our family.
    He hasn’t worked in 4 years. It is so overwhelming. Thank you!

  59. Judy October 30, 2018 at 8:44 am #

    I’m going through a difficult and confusing time of another adjustment. Last fall my mother came to live with us….which had lots of adjustments. August 3 2018 she passed away and now find lots of adjusting to a different life again. I feel very remote, very alone. There are several challenges that I’m facing ….selling another house…emptying its contents….deciding what to keep, what to do with the rest.
    Last Aprilshe and I were blessed with selling her house and emptying it’s contents within a 10 day time frame! (Hard work then, ut such a blessing)
    I have a small bungalow next to her house that I also need to sell now because our main home is in New Mexico where we retired. As I sit here writing, I am overwhelmed with all that needs to be done here to sell this small place. (I’ve just finished giving away her clothes and now have gone through her personal things like books, journals and photographs. So, now, I look around and here is another mountain of “stuff” and more decisions to be made.
    I know that this time of year is not good for putting a house up for sale….spring will be better. Right now, I need God’s guidance in deciding what to keep and what to do with the things I want to keep. Keeping things will mean a small remodeling plan st our other house…(my husband is NOT on board with this at all…..as this estate is settled, he wants to take the money and buy a motor home. I want to “complete our home in New Mexico” …..he shuts me down and doesn’t even listen.
    I do NOT want to be pulled into saying “ this is not your money, this is mine. When he received money from his dad’s estate, I did not question a thing and had no say in how he used those funds)
    This is a huge opportunity for satan to run havoc in our life now.
    I have prayed for agreement….for communication…for peace and for discernment. Please lift me in your prayers.

  60. Diane October 30, 2018 at 8:44 am #

    I so needed this after the Ministry I work for was met with many discouraging questions & comments! It took away some of my confidence. It caused me to doubt if we are doing God’s work! We felt attacked. However devil will not win!! I read Philippians 3:12-14 and we are pressing on!! Thank u Jesus!!

  61. monomoy October 30, 2018 at 8:46 am #

    Good morning Sharon,

    I really needed to read your words this morning. Thank you. I am praying I can let go of the past. My mistakes and the mistakes of others who have hurt me. I want to move forward and be who God meant me to be. I need to forgive myself and others wholeheartedly. Thank you.

  62. Sara October 30, 2018 at 8:48 am #

    I’m in a big season of discouragement. I pray for hopefulness and joy to return. It’s a struggle when you’re in a situation that the only way out of is through it.

  63. Kris October 30, 2018 at 8:49 am #

    Prayer request. For my step father who is dieing and does not believe, that God will not give up on the work of his hands even now, for my mother who is battling to hold it all together, for my brother and sister’s relationship with them as it is very broken. For God to give me wisdom on how to be the Light in this dark situation and shine His love, unity and peace on my family of origin during this painful time that they may come to know Jesus.

    For my husband that God would give him wisdom in the decisions he has to make tonight and in the coming days.

    For my children that they would come back to the Lord

    For my church family, for unity, peace and healing.

    For my work that God would provide me two new sales staff employees that will be successful with me long term.

  64. Janice October 30, 2018 at 8:50 am #

    I am suffering with sciatica. I need prayer.

  65. Alicia October 30, 2018 at 8:50 am #

    I’ve taken my EMT test twice and failed both times. I went from below average on all 4 categories I’m tested on the first time I took the test to above average on 3 categories and below average on one this last time I took the test. I’m feeling discouraged because it’s taking me so long to pass and for everything I’m learning to click in my mind. Also having 4 small kids and trying to study has been tough. Thank you for the prayers.

  66. Karen October 30, 2018 at 8:52 am #

    Healing from the top of my head ( literally ) to the soles of my feet ( literally )

  67. Dyanne October 30, 2018 at 8:54 am #

    Please pray for my mother Joyce in Hospice care who will go see Jesus very very soon 😢

  68. Cynthia October 30, 2018 at 8:59 am #

    Please pray for my adult daughter. Her life seems to be moving away from the Lord. Not making good life choices

  69. Tammy October 30, 2018 at 9:13 am #

    My husband is starting a men’s counseling ministry. This season of waiting for that to take off is long. I do what I can to encourage. This message is EXACTLY where we are; fluctuating between confidence and discouragement. We have a large family so it doesn’t just effect us two.

  70. Tracye Dockett October 30, 2018 at 9:14 am #

    Prayer request for the witchcraft, sorcery, soellsevil spirits cirses and demonic attacks to be cast out and removed from my life and never return again.

  71. Toni October 30, 2018 at 9:18 am #

    I need prayer for the discouragement of not feeling worthy or good enough. Thank you for the book. I must say the devil is good at his job because I am finding anything and everything to take me away from reading the book. Pray that does not happen anymore.

  72. Karen Wiseman October 30, 2018 at 9:21 am #

    God has been changing things in my life recently so much. They have been good changes and I trust Him and follow His leads. He’s answering prayers for me in unexpected ways. Some I don’t understand some I do. I’m about 18 days away from being uprooted and moved again within 5 months time to a new home, new Christian relationships, new church. Back to my home state of Indiana, leaving Georgia. God’s restored a relationship with someone who is so dear to me and I thank Him. God has blessed us in countless ways. I’m currently in a trying area (situation) of my life living with my son and his family. My move here to be with them did not turn out for the best at all. But God has shown me and taught me great lessons in different settings in my journey, and He has proved to me that He’s always with me and has no intentions of leaving me on my own. I need prayer for more patients. I look forward to whatever God is calling me to do next on this seemingly long next step of my journey. To trust God’s timing, to remember that He is already ahead of me setting things up for my arrival. I pray for more of His wisdom to be able to learn all I can from Him so that I can be a blessing to someone else as God has been to me.

  73. Marion Da Silva October 30, 2018 at 9:24 am #

    I’m in a very dark time right now & have been for 3 months. I have bowel problems, memory problems and Panic attacks. This is all very discouraging and I wanted to give up but friends & family are praying for me & I ask your prayer to heal me and give me GREAT COURAGE to endure all this.I am only 64 yrs old.

  74. Sherry Leatherwood October 30, 2018 at 9:25 am #

    Please pray for my family.

  75. Bridget October 30, 2018 at 9:27 am #

    I can’t really say that I’m discouraged because I know God has a plan. I just can’t jear Him. I was told last Friday my position is “temporarily “ changing and it seems the writing on the wall is “no position” at the end of that time. I don’t know if this is God’s way of pushing me to go back to school for nutritional coaching, which is what I love and have always wanted to do or do I stay with this change and even apply for another position in the company? There obviously is a lot more to this but basically praying for God to present the path for me and for me to have eyes and ears to hear.

    • Heather October 30, 2018 at 11:51 am #

      “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord
      Jeremiah 29v11

  76. Linda McCurdy October 30, 2018 at 9:43 am #

    I need prayers for discernment in making decisions about when to get nursing home care for my husband who has Parkinsons and Dementia.

    • Sylvia Witte November 5, 2018 at 10:21 am #

      Linda
      I just went through this with my hubby and I pray the Lord with give you wisdom, discernment and guidance. There is a place that is just right for him and know the Lord will show you the way. Proverbs 3: 5&6.

  77. LJ October 30, 2018 at 9:47 am #

    This devotional came at just the right time. I moved to a new state, started a new job (leaving one that I loved) and was looking forward to what this new adventure brought. I unfortunately am very discouraged in the job I am in. I had such high hopes for this move and knew that God was leading the way. But after arriving, it’s just not going as I expected. My head knows there is a plan, but my heart is just not feeling it.

  78. Lori October 30, 2018 at 9:52 am #

    I seem to be in a holding pattern. I am sure that God has called me to some type of pastoral ministry and I’ve recently completed a term as associate pastor (in training) at my church. (Our church isn’t large enough to sustain a permanent associate.) My husband had been out of a job for over a year, but now is employed (since two weeks ago) at a job he likes very much, so our finances will hopefully get back on track. But now, I’m not sure if we’re to move away/out of state for a ministry position. I wondering if this is a season of rest for me, until the next step becomes clear?

  79. Jean Munger October 30, 2018 at 10:01 am #

    Thanks, I needed this reminder today. My husband has Parkinson’s disease for 8 years and the burden on me wears me down. I get so discouraged and don’t want to go on. This is not the life we dreamed it would be. Please pray for me that I can be the wife God wants me to be.

  80. Torwon Brown October 30, 2018 at 10:11 am #

    I had hoped that by now I would have had another good job as my contract ends this Friday, but it seems as if everything has come to a standstill. Please pray that God will open doors for a well paid job and healing from uterine prolapse.

  81. Frances Williams October 30, 2018 at 10:13 am #

    Praying for healing and restoration for Sherelle and Maria.

    Pray for me to grow closer to my Heavenly Father.

    Frances

  82. Ziva H Palmer October 30, 2018 at 10:14 am #

    Dear Sharyn,
    Your post made so much sense to me today. Thank you immensely.
    I have a prayer request as I am approaching my 60th birthday in a couple of weeks. My husband and I just got back from Israel and Greece with a marvelous group called Hope 4 Israel – Tours of Hope led by a Jewish believer like me.
    I felt a calling the whole time to quit my job in marketing and create a position to assist Hope 4 Israel in their marketing.

    Please pray that God, if it’s His will could create a path for me to transition into some sort of position with them, leave this high powered job I have now without any anxiety or stress in this transition.
    I so want to be about serving Him more and particularly extending my hand to My People, the Jewish People who desperately need a savior called Yeshua.

  83. Shareen October 30, 2018 at 10:38 am #

    Prayer request to lift me of my heavy thinking and burdening thoughts. Prayers of freedom to live and growth. I need help, I’m struggling with life, financially, mentally and emotionally. Please lead me in the way of your words so that I can walk in faith not by sight.

  84. Lydia October 30, 2018 at 11:18 am #

    God knows just what we need at the right time doesn’t He? I am needing prayer for healing in my mind and heart. The last 2 years I have been through the hardest season yet in my life and marriage, wondering when will it get better. We are currently going through counseling which has been a huge help, but sometimes I just wish I never had to go through this kind of pain and want it to be over. I get filled with a lot fear and discouragement. This journey is very mentally and emotionally exhausting and I let it steal my joy cause my mind just won’t stop. I have seen answers to my prayers and I know what the Bible says to do, but some days it can just be so hard to stop the thoughts in my mind. I’m waiting for my miracle though as I continue to keep pressing forward, even when I want to give up. I do know this is just a season that God is using to refine me and growing my faith and trust in Him. Also prayers for my teenage daughter, she is battling some insecurity and depression as well! Thank you for your prayers!

  85. Lynn October 30, 2018 at 11:21 am #

    I am a voracious reader (9 bookshelves full of books!) and have enjoyed reading all sorts of books. I have stopped reading some genres but not all of them. Lately I’ve been hearing a voice and feeling guilty except when I am reading the Bible and spiritual/religious books. I know that is what God asks of me but I’m finding it so difficult to do His will. The temptation to continue reading the kind of books I’ve always read is very strong and I’m really struggling with it. Please pray for me that, with His strength, I will be able to fight this temptation.Thank you and bless you!

  86. Elaine October 30, 2018 at 11:23 am #

    I was let go of a contract position three weeks ago after being told I was one of two individuals for a full-time position that was available. They started out telling me how good I was as an employee but I had a gray area they were concerned about and afraid in the future I wouldn’t be able to handle a difficult situation with my accounts. During our biweekly one on one I would ask for feedback or anything they feel I need to improve one and was always informed I am doing a good job.

  87. Maria Isabel October 30, 2018 at 11:38 am #

    Pray for peace in my life.

  88. Cheryl October 30, 2018 at 12:11 pm #

    Prayer for my husbands health issues with diabetes. He doesn’t follow the recommended diet and other recommendations from his doctor. It gets discouraging watching the daily decisions that he makes regarding this issue.

  89. D Floyd October 30, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

    I am in a season of discouragement. I quit a job I loved to try something new that at the time seemed to be exactly what I was suppose to do. I am regretting the decision and wondering if I missed the boat completely.

  90. sherriazyan October 30, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

    I need prayer for discouragement and fear. I need a job and I haven’t secured one yet. I also fear at times where God is going to lead me. Will I be able to follow through.

  91. FAY DOZIER October 30, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

    The story is too long to tell, but from the time I was born 68 years ago, there’s been a spirit of rejection and abandonment attached to me. Years of child abuse (every kind known to man), siblings turned against me by my parents (I’m the oldest and was the caregiver), failed marriages with men who walked out on me, or a “friend” who told me I didn’t have friends, I took hostages,,, the list could go on, but you get the point. Now lest you think I’m just one big ball of self-pity, I assure you that I have and am giving this all to the Lord and He’s done an incredible amount of healing in my heart and soul. Unfortunately, I still have contact with my siblings and it’s a daily reminder of how unloved and unwanted I am by them no matter what I do or say to try to let them know that I love them and hold nothing against them from our childhood. I want to walk away, but I just can’t seem to completely cut the ties–I just want to believe that somehow, someday they’ll truly love and accept me. This one thing is like a weight that is keeping me back and down and a place where the enemy constantly attacks. I pray that God would give me the wisdom and discernment to know what to do or how to let go and move forward once and for all.

  92. Mrs. Hall October 30, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

    This is so powerful and so needed today. You encouraged me and I encouraged my Sister-Friend. I will play over and over “Don’t let discouragement destroy your passion and undermine your purpose”. That went straight to my heart. God bless you for your gift that you so freely share. I am the better because of you!

  93. Martinez Esther Lisa October 30, 2018 at 1:08 pm #

    Please pray for all who seek peace and reconciliation.
    Pray for all that we desire God’s will above our own.
    Pray for all who struggle with illnesses; physical, mental, and spiritual.
    …in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

  94. Katherine Swarts October 30, 2018 at 1:12 pm #

    I get reminders of that sort all the time lately, especially the “your life is NOT doomed to ALWAYS be this way” point. Yes, I am in a season of change (I’m a low-earning business writer who dreams of a steady income stream from inspirational books and song lyrics), and it’s discouraging to know that hardly anyone else–apparently not even God–considers it a high priority to make your dreams come true quickly. I write blog posts diligently, pay a marketing expert good money to build my brand, write to influencers, post announcements on social media and bulletin boards–and “everyone” ignores me completely, is too busy to help, or, if they do promise to get back to me with something specific, does it a week behind schedule after multiple reminders.

    Right now, I’m looking for the line between holding on to your dreams and making idols out of them. And keeping a “count your blessings” daily journal, and trying to keep thinking and talking positive (FEELING positive 24/7 is a bit much to demand of myself).

  95. Elfreda October 30, 2018 at 1:25 pm #

    Almighty God, please help me to see your will in my life and let be able to operate in the spirit when in my disappointment. Amen.

  96. Susan October 30, 2018 at 1:43 pm #

    I needed to hear this. Thank you for your encouragement. I’ve been very discouraged lately and can’t seem to move forward each day. I know the
    enemy is continually lurking to squash my joy. “Don’t let discouragement destroy your passion and undermine your purpose.” I will pray this everyday. As I pray it for my sister Mrs. H.

  97. Marilyn October 30, 2018 at 1:53 pm #

    Please pray for wisdom on changes in my life. I’m recently divorced after 34 years of marriage, not what I ever wanted or thought would ever happen. I got the business as part of the settlement but now I’m wondering if that was a good thing. The business has struggled for the last 4 years, partly because my husband didn’t do what he was suppose to. It seems like everytime I think it’s finally going to make it, I get hit in the face with something else. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Lord is the only reason it is still open. He’s always made a way where it looked like there was no way. But these last few weeks it seems like I’m fighting a useless battle with finances. I can not pay any bills, payroll or anything. I have prayed, cried, poured my heart out to the Lord, and thanked Him for what He is doing. But nothing has changed. It’s like a force is just keeping the money from coming in. I really don’t know what else to do. Thankfully I only have two employees and they are so understanding both have been with the company 20plus years each. They have families to support and they are my main concern. I can make it myself on what I have with the Lord’s help. I really need the Lord’s wisdom in this. I just feel so discouraged right now and I know I shouldn’t because He has always seen me through. So much has happened in my life the last few months it just seems everything is against me. I just really need a touch from the good Lord. Thank you for your prayers!

  98. Marian October 30, 2018 at 1:59 pm #

    Thank you for your words. Life its not easy specially on these days. But I know the Lord has good plans for me and my family. I want you to support me in prayer for my son Ricardo. Most of the time people reject him and that has caused so many scars in his life. So I want the Lord to give him a new heart and mind. Also he needs a job. Thank you for your prayers.

  99. El Hamby October 30, 2018 at 2:06 pm #

    Prayer needed to find the place God wants me to worship Him and serve Him

  100. Shay Johnson October 30, 2018 at 2:07 pm #

    Thank you sharon, for this. I needed this, i am going through discouragement and disappointment. Stuck in the same place, can’t seem to get out. Do things, but can’t. I remember to count my blessings and still cling to Jesus, in spite. My best are yet to come. God didn’t bring me this far, to just fail and and to abandoned me. God bless.

  101. Lorna October 30, 2018 at 2:12 pm #

    Pray for my husband to come home and to totally surrendered to God. Pray for my kids to turn back to God and to have a relationship with me.

  102. Tanya October 30, 2018 at 2:33 pm #

    Hi this was such a wonderful message. I too faced such disappointment in my husband after 30 years of marriage. He refuses to accept the fact that I follow Christ. He doesn’t go to church at all. He has become someone I barely know. He filed for a divorce in 2016 and withdrew it a few

  103. Tanya October 30, 2018 at 2:39 pm #

    Hi this was such a wonderful message. I too faced such disappointment in my husband after 30 years of marriage. He refuses to accept the fact that I follow Christ. He doesn’t go to church at all. He has become someone I barely know. He filed for a divorce in 2016 and withdrew it a few months later. He left the marriage after 28 years in 2016 and came back 8 months later. I don’t believe in divorce so I put my faith in the Lord. My husband has become so selfish with his money and does nothing to maintain the house. It’s all on my shoulders. I’ve decided to retire early and I know that God is calling me to music ministry and from there more will follow. I’m excited about a new journey because I know God is in control. My situation is very difficult and often I am very lonely. Please pray for me.

  104. Nivel Conley October 30, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

    Thank-you for this post. My son was just recently incarcerated and in court the Judge just threw the book at him. I was their and could not believe the comments that were shouted during the trial. It has been like a nightmare playing over and over in my mind. I first had a Bible sent to him, and every time I write a letter it is full of Bible verses and inspiration that Gods got you 1st and I got you second. We have to drive to another state to visit and only get 30 minutes in front of glass. my faith has been tested. I will surely use some of this passage t give him hope that each day is one more day closer to his freedom. God makes no mistakes is what he wrote me. He can change a situation in a minute and miracles’ happen every day. He was wrong and I understand that but the sentence unjust!
    Mothers prayer for the Angels to watch over my son until his sentence is done according to my God not the Judge

  105. Melissa October 30, 2018 at 3:02 pm #

    Please pray for my Mom’s cough.

  106. Julia Holland October 30, 2018 at 3:48 pm #

    Pls pray for my total lack of a way forward. What to do with my life…need to find a way forward.

  107. Sherrr October 30, 2018 at 4:00 pm #

    Sharon
    This message was meant for me.
    I am so unhappy in my marriage.
    I just don’t know what to do. I feel my husband doesn’t love me. I get so angry when I am with him. My marriage is in trouble. I feel like moving away to find another partner but don’t know if God wants me to do this. I’m talking with someone at the moment and I don’t know if God sees this right. He just got attracted to me through Facebook. I am feeling good but don’t know if it’s right in God’s eyes.
    My relationship with my husband is very bad we are forever fighting.. we don’t have anything in common..we don’t talk..
    Please pray for me.. for God to handle my battle.i am too tired now.
    Thank you
    Sheree

  108. paulette October 30, 2018 at 4:01 pm #

    PRAYERS for my son and daughter-in-law who are facing hard times financially. They are very hard workers (son works 2 jobs) and raising two children. Discouragement comes very easily for them and I pray that we lift them up to remain faithful. I also pray that God would provide for them financially and also for them for health care insurance which becomes a major issue this next year when they turn 26. Such young adults behaving very responsibly and very faithful. I pray God would meet them where they are at and bless them in a mighty way. My son feels like he’s been in the desert for so long and struggled for a long time and yet continues to remain faithful that God will provide and open doors. I pray God would reward my son at his job and open the door for an affordable health insurance this next year. In Jesus name I thought you in advance for what YOU plan to do. Amen

    I prayed for ears to hear and strength for you Fay that you will do the right thing and finally be FREE. Hugs

  109. Traci October 30, 2018 at 4:22 pm #

    I’m discouraged in my singleness of 2.5 years.

  110. LDG October 30, 2018 at 5:45 pm #

    I am in a season of deep discouragement and grief. I lost my beloved dog of only 10 years very suddenly and unexpectedly two months ago. Three years ago my husband and I had to leave our home and friends in a place we dearly loved because of a very unexpected layoff at the top of his career. The new job required moving as far as possible from our family and new and only grandchild to the very last State we ever wanted to live in. His new job has been a great blessing from God and we are so grateful but the culture here is radically different from any of our previous communities. Intensely work and status focused, not very neighborly or welcoming. The loss of my dog has been devastating. He was my loyal and often only companion and deep emotional support in a town where I’ve had little luck gaining traction making friends and meeting neighbors despite using my best resources and efforts. I’m 62 years old, typically outgoing and a joiner. I come from a military family where moving every three years was a way of life so I learned to be fairly resilient and adaptable over the years. We’ve had a couple of moves as a family before the kids left home. But this is the first season where I’ve felt overwhelmed by sadness and loneliness. I’m holding fast to your encouraging words in today’s devotional. Please pray that I might feel God’s peace and comfort, that He will plan a new path for me. I will gladly pray for the person listed above me.

    • Betty Jo Cloninger October 31, 2018 at 1:46 am #

      I’m praying that God will show you a hope that you never expected, peace beyond belief.

  111. Kate October 30, 2018 at 7:19 pm #

    I’ve been so discouraged and losing hope lately. My husband is an alcoholic and he hides his drinking from me. His liver is having a hard time flushing toxins and he’s developing large rashes all over his body. He thinks he’s in control of it but he isn’t. I’ve been praying for help from God about it but I’m losing hope. At one point he did get better and I was so hopeful, but he’s let me down again and I’m becoming resentful. I feel like I need to accept watching him kill himself this way and that I need to be okay with it.

    • D Shultz October 30, 2018 at 9:05 pm #

      I am feeling discouraged because I have been dealing with anxiety for two years now. I have periods where I feel as though I have overcome my anxiety, but then I will be pulled back into this fear that causes me to struggle with daily activities. I know that God wants me to use my gifts and not to be fearful, but my physical symptoms impact my faith. This discourages me because I want to live a life pleasing to God and not let fear and anxiety steal my joy.

    • maureen October 30, 2018 at 10:02 pm #

      Kate I pray that health wise something will happen to your husband to realise what harm he is doing with his drinking stay strong God sees all

  112. Nana October 30, 2018 at 7:50 pm #

    Please pray for my son in law Jeremiah he has to go to court on Friday. Pray that the judge will hear his side and find in his favor.

  113. Terry October 30, 2018 at 8:27 pm #

    Please pray for my Son who is in jail, he has been in there for 10 months and still no answers. Please pray for my Daughter who has some medical problems. Please pray for my other son and his wife that they would be delivered from any type of drugs that they may be using. Please hold me up in your prayers that God would give me peace as I trust in him for my kids. I seem to struggle with letting the Devil put things in my mind to cause me to worry

  114. maureen October 30, 2018 at 9:56 pm #

    Needed to hear this

  115. Lorraine October 30, 2018 at 10:25 pm #

    I have been diagnosed with lymph node cancer in my groin. I have to have 30 treatments please pray I don’t be sick or tired and my skin don’t be irritated while I’m having them. So they won’t have to sto.

  116. Annette October 30, 2018 at 10:35 pm #

    Please pray for me and my children. My husband passed away and I feel so alone. I feel like we don’t have anyone. I am dealing with so much it is just overwhelming trying to cope with things on my own. It is so much for me. My son is in chronic back pain. I have back pain and swollen ankles. I have prayed am praying but I am so discouraged right now I just don’t know. I have nobody to help me through all or to share all this. It’s a lot.

  117. Cheryl October 30, 2018 at 10:52 pm #

    Discouraged is an understatement.for me lately. I love my husband but don’t like him at all. My marriage fell apart many years ago and though I forgave him, I can’t forget. I feel like my life is a Pandora’s box with a few extreme hurts that I keep locked up. Once The box is cracked I have such a hard time closing it back and living in my self created la-la land where no one knows the pain I keep buried. Closing the box is my prayer, the pain will always be my thorn, I’ve come to just accept it. Satan can keep attacking because I know my joy comes from my Father!

  118. Betty Jo Cloninger October 31, 2018 at 1:42 am #

    pray for my parents both with different cancers, a son that’s struggling to stay sober, and a daughter that’s not talking to me, because she has decided that she will not believe me when I tell her the truth, instead says that her fabricated story, complete opposite from the truth….is all she’ll believe. Pray for restoration.

  119. Teresa Moody October 31, 2018 at 2:36 am #

    I’m very discouraged right now. My mom”s health has taken a dramatic turn. She is not improving. I was and still am hopeful that things will change & we will be able to enjoy many more days together as her health improves & she gets stronger. I am trusting in the Lord. I know He is in control of all things.

  120. Elizabeth October 31, 2018 at 4:55 am #

    Dear sister, I am at my last stop unless my Lord intervenes. We were married in 2013 Nov in our latter years served the Lord. We are separated for almost 21 months. Last year my husband sent legal papers for a legal separation and to sell our matrimonial condominium. Lord intervened blocked it. In Jan 2018 he sent divorce papers and to sell the unit. Lord stopped the divorce the sale was being dragged on. The court has authorized the sale and it will be up for sale next week. I am a senior this is unbearable. Please pray my husband will listen to the voice of Jesus. The devil has never stopped harassing me.

  121. Sharon October 31, 2018 at 7:05 am #

    I’ve been really discouraged regarding our family issues. Our kids are married and for the last year and a half, we haven’t been allowed to see most of our grandkids. My husband is so angry now, that he refuses to reconcile. He stated that he already tried and has been hurt too much. I pray about this everyday. I’m starting to lose hope that things will ever change.
    On the other hand, I wouldn’t have made it this far without God in my life. I also realize that I can’t change anyone.

  122. Mary Louise Smith October 31, 2018 at 7:14 am #

    Sometimes I feel as if I am a failure.. Please pray that I remember I am a child of the King..

  123. Carol October 31, 2018 at 7:19 am #

    I need to find somewhere to live.

  124. Ann Hirsch October 31, 2018 at 8:27 am #

    Discourafement is what I’ve been feeling. Yes, I’d hoped for more for my son, Stephen. He used to believe but does not right now. He graduated college, but instead of getting a real job (which he seemed afraid of and seemed convinced he was not capable enough to do) he delivers food.

  125. Rhonda October 31, 2018 at 9:09 am #

    I am dealing with a lot of issues in my job that I have had for over 11 years.
    It is a small audiology office with just a provider and I.
    I am the receptionist.

    We are owned by a corporation and especially lately they have been putting relentless pressure on the PCC’S

    I have a new provider and she was given full control of our office.
    I cannot question or voice my opinion or I have been informed that I am creating a hostile work environment.
    I am currently seeking employment elsewhere due to the stress.
    It is affecting my health.
    I need prayers to know when and if the right job comes along.
    I do not want to give up 11 years of my life just to be in a worse place job wise and stresswise.
    I need prayers for this is a huge decision for me since I am soo very close to our patients.

    But I need to do what is best for me I need to have strength and to trust God to guide me where he knows I need to be.

    • Char November 5, 2018 at 10:15 am #

      Prayed for you Rhonda!

  126. JD Toney October 31, 2018 at 11:36 am #

    I have felt in the past day or two, heavy discouragement; as it relates to hopes & dreams for restoration of my marriage. It caused me to question other areas of my life that I know, experienced, and witnessed GOD’s goodness, power, and grace. I am really struggling with the restoration of my marriage. I ask prayer and agreement in this area. Pray with me to cast out doubt, fear, and discouragement, because “All things are possible with GOD!” In Jesus Name, Amen!

  127. Delia Grant October 31, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

    I’ve been dealing with several health issues that have led to deep depression for many years. Most days I stay in the house and don’t talk to anyone. It’s gotten to the point where I’m really good with not being a part of the outside world. It’s a struggle to do anything. I haven’t been to church in months, but still read my bible and devotionals daily. I’ve been a member of my church for 19 years. They know my struggles, yet only one person has actually called to check on my husband and I and pray for us.
    My husband tries to be supportive but is a functional alcoholic. As a result our marriage has suffered.
    I’m at my wits end and getting very impatient and resentful because I feel as if God doesn’t hear my cries and prayers.

  128. Anissa October 31, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

    Prayer request: That God will make clear my next steps and help me to completely trust in and rely on Him for what’s needed in my life.

  129. Kori October 31, 2018 at 3:08 pm #

    I am feeling overwhelmed even though my faith is strong. 2 months ago I ended my 18 year marriage, it’s for the best but I’m worried about my 14 year old son. I pray he is going to be ok through all of this. I am praying for peace and abundance. Finances are very low right now but I know God is on control!

  130. Ndidi October 31, 2018 at 5:03 pm #

    I am. Praying for financial breakthrough to pay off all three debts I and my husband owe. Praying for a God chosen job for my husband and I. Praying to God that our helpers will find us. Amen.

  131. Ndidi October 31, 2018 at 5:05 pm #

    Praying for financial breakthrough t be able to pay off all our debts.
    Praying for a good paying job for my husband and I
    Praying that our helpers will locate us in this new month.

  132. Deborah Alexander November 1, 2018 at 8:14 am #

    Father in Jesus Name I thank you for your word today, I pray for my sisters in Christ today that they have the courage to believe your Word, to remember that they can trust you to do what you said in your word. I declare peace in the midst of their storms today Peace Be Still!! They will see miracles today. This is a day of miracles, a day of favor because You are with us in Jesus Name. We love you Lord!

  133. Andrea November 1, 2018 at 9:01 am #

    Both of my teens have been suffering with lyme disease and coinfections for over 5 years. My parents have relocated near us so they would have family as they get older. My father had a stroke earlier this week. I am overloaded right now and very tired of the fight. I know God has a plan but sometimes it is hard to see any good coming out of the situation although I am trying. I would appreciate prayers for strength to get through another day.
    Thanks you.

  134. Karen November 1, 2018 at 9:40 am #

    My marriage is a mess and just continues to be a long road of struggle and deep hurt and pain. For 10 years of it, it wasn’t like this. We were growing together through the difficulties. Then my husband made some personal changes and decided Christianity does not bring Truth, love and freedom and God is not real but more like a crutch for people to feel they have a greater purpose. It just continues to be a downhill mess living with a very selfish person who does not see himself that way. I am really weary and struggling in how to keep walking forward. This has created a lot of anxiety and depression in me. I am doing what I can to care for myself and our 4 young children in this. I am on meds and seeing a counselor and trying to not give in to the depression, sorrow or anger. God has truly been the one carrying me through all this, and has given me friends to love me and be open and honest with. But this sucks and is hard and I am struggling.

  135. Sue November 1, 2018 at 3:28 pm #

    Abandonment and discouragement is what I am experiencing. I have many food allergies and sensitives which affect my sleep. I’ve been to many doctors and health professionals and there seems to be no answer to my health issues, which have been ongoing for years. The lack of sleep is affecting my health and I am I wonder if I am ever going to get better.

    Please pray that God will send me to a person who will help.

  136. Megan November 2, 2018 at 1:10 pm #

    I have been discouraged lately regarding my husband’s court custody setbacks. Praying that the trial occurs soon and that the judge is able to see the truth in the matter of it all.

  137. Louise November 2, 2018 at 4:44 pm #

    I’m dealing with anxiety, menapause,empty nest syndrome..I need prays for God to show me how to live in the moment and not stress about the future. Also how to be alone. My greatest fear is to be alone even if i’m nit alone I fear someday i will end up alone. Iv’e spent a lot of my life alone raising kids. It gets lonely and have gotten into bad relationships as a result. Could also use prays fir discerment.

    Louise

  138. Jeanie November 4, 2018 at 9:36 am #

    I pray that all of the pain will leave my body, especially my right hip are, thank you.

  139. Dena November 4, 2018 at 7:17 pm #

    I worry about the salvation of my two sons, their wives, and their children. Both wives have lived as Christians but they are not at this time. I long to know they are saved.

  140. Dena November 4, 2018 at 7:24 pm #

    Lord Jesus,
    I lift up Rhonda to your loving care. You know the path you have laid before her. Your plans are not to harm her, but to give her a hope and a future. Your word instructs us to learn to be content. I pray that you will lift the stress and worry and bring peace to our sister in this storm. Mark clearly her way so the is no doubt she she is to go next. Help her to know that you provide and you are in control. Even in the midst of turmoil, help her to live in a godly way, allowing you to shine through her.
    In Jesus name, Amen

  141. Char November 5, 2018 at 10:11 am #

    Hello! I’m studying for the CA MFT state licensing exam. It is a 4 hour exam that covers a lot of material. I’m 54, married with a 12 year old. I haven’t been in school for 13 years, and I’m finding that retaining info is a lot harder for me now.
    I felt sure several months ago that the Lord told me to schedule my exam on my mom’s birthday (she passed away February 4th) and that I’m going to pass. November 14th at 130pm is approaching quickly. Please pray that my confidence would increase, that I will retain info and that I will trust Jesus to carry me through this time of studying, working and time with my family, and that I will feel His poweful presence. Thank you!

  142. Sylvia Witte November 5, 2018 at 10:14 am #

    I am widowed after 59 years of marriage. My children and family are good to me and I volunteer at my church to serve the Lord and have something to do. My prayer request is I need a little part time job to help with finances but not sure what to do. I am trusting the Lord for HIS care of me but could use some encouragement in this area.

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