Prayer: Use Me, Oh God

Dear God,

Things are getting pretty bad out there.  The chaos that this world is witnessing consumes each and every one of us.  Although we are all processing these experiences in our own ways, we can’t help but to feel something.  I try my hardest to stay positive and remain encouraged by Your promises of healing and restoration, but how do I do that when the media bombards me with the images of pain and sadness? How do I do that when people I love and adore are hurting? Please show me how to stand strong, because. I’m not even sure how anymore.

The easy way out is for me to close myself in – to turn off the news and media outlets so that I won’t engage. To avoid “talking about it” in conversations with others so I don’t have to feel.  It would be easier for me to look the other way and wait for yet another tragedy to pass.  But, deep down, I know that’s not what You want from me. That’s not what You’ve called me to do.

Lord, compel me.  Give me a heart like Yours that is consumed with a love for others – a love that forces me to weather the hard times alongside them, whether they know it or not. I want to show up during the scary, tough, and painful moments just as eagerly as I show for the pleasant ones.  Fill me with strength and encouragement so that I can encourage others.

Your love impacts many even though they don’t always have access to You. So, when I watch the news and listen to others speak, my prayers for them will do the same. I will pray for their peace and their strength.  I will pray that they find You through these times of need.

Use me, God, to be Your hands and feet.  Use me for Your glory as we suffer during these troublesome times.



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Elana Cole is an author, educator, and coach who is passionate about helping others in their personal journeys towards a more beautiful life. She is the author of "The Midnight Experience" and creator of Empowered Narrative, a blog about transforming the way you live and love.

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