As I work on writing a book for single women, God has continued to affirm my passion and calling for encouraging unmarried women in their faith journeys. This is a prayer I wrote during a recent silent retreat . . .
Dear Father God,
I lift up my dear reader to you. I pray for her heart to be at peace. I pray you will mend any broken pieces of her heart. We know you are close to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18). You are our Healer. You forgive all our sins and heal our diseases (Psalm 103:3). Thank you for pouring out your love and compassion on us (Psalm 103:4).
Lord, I pray in the name of Jesus for any remaining ties to unhealthy relationships—both physical and emotional—to be broken. I pray for peace and closure to surround any hurtful relationships from her past. Meet her in her loneliness, and hold her in your arms. She is your beautiful daughter, a co-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17). I pray she will feel your arms holding her tonight and every lonely night.
I pray for hope to be deeply instilled in my friend’s heart. As Psalm 33:20 says, “We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.” We wait for you, Lord. We put ourselves and our futures in your hands. We believe you will do a powerful work with and through our lives. We submit our plans to you. Line up our plans with your plans. God, your plans are greater and your ways higher.
I pray for this dear woman to be present in each moment. As Oswald Chambers said, “Our yesterdays present irreparable things to us; it is true that we have lost opportunities which will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past sleep, but let it sleep on the bosom of Christ.” Lord, I pray she can let her past rest with you tonight and every night. I pray she can leave the past in your hands and step out into her amazing future with you!
Finally, dear Father, I pray she will not believe lies. As she is attacked by lies regarding her worth, single status, appearance, and any other area, I pray she will seek truth. The truth is clear. She is your daughter, chosen by you. You created her in your image, and you don’t make mistakes. Standing alone with nothing to offer, she is enough for you. Each day, may she remember and realize her tremendous value as your child.
In the holy name of Jesus,
If God brings an unmarried friend in your life to your mind, will you pray this for her today?
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