A Prayer When You’re Struggling to Make It Through the Day
By Betsy de Cruz
“Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? The steadfast love of God endures all the day.” – Psalm 52:1
Ever have days when you wonder how you’re going to make it through the next 24 hours? Sometimes, your strength runs out, and you still have more hours to go before bedtime. Or maybe your hope wears thin, and you still have challenges to face.
When David felt desperate, He cried out to God. He reminded himself of God’s faithfulness and love. David’s prayers from the book of Psalms have helped people get through hard days for almost 3 thousand years.
When we wonder how we’re going to make it through until bedtime, we can hold on to this truth: “The steadfast love of God endures all the day.”
Friend, no matter what obstacles you face, God’s love will see you through. No matter how tired you feel, His love will sustain you. No matter how great your fears, His unfailing love surrounds you. And no matter how far you wander from your faith, God’s love will be there when you get back.
David faced an actual, physical enemy when he penned this verse. You probably don’t have someone trying to hunt you down, but maybe you face challenges that threaten to undo you. Stress that wears you down. Worries that leave you frazzled. Whatever problems you’re navigating today, you can rest assured: The steadfast love of God will outlast them all.
God’s devotion to His people is written all over the pages of the Bible. Psalm 13:6 gives us words to declare in our challenges: “I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.” Romans 8:37-39 reminds us that nothing and no one “will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Whether life is smooth sailing or choppy waters, we need constant reminding of God’s affection for us. Let’s ask God to pour His love into our hearts. Let’s meditate on it and intentionally receive it.
Today, if you feel tired, anxious, or irritated, how about whispering to yourself: “The steadfast love of God endures all the day”? God stands at your side, ready to sustain and guide you through any challenge.
Lord Jesus, quiet my mind and heart as I draw near to you for a few minutes and meditate on your great love. Thank you for demonstrating your love for me on the cross. I thank you for dying to give me life, and I praise you for your victory over sin and death. Thank you for the Holy Spirit, who never leaves me and constantly reminds me of your caring presence.
Your love is deeper than oceans and higher than the clouds. It surrounds me and goes before me. Pour out more of your love into my heart that I might be filled to overflowing and reflect you to those around me.
Remind me of your presence, your faithfulness, and your power to strengthen and sustain me through difficult days. Help me remember my problems and trials will disappear, but your love will remain forever.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Betsy de Cruz helps overwhelmed women take small steps to invite more of God’s presence and power into their lives. Connect with Betsy to get your free Quiet Time Renewal Guide and other resources at FaithSpillingOver.com. Her book More of God is a distracted woman’s guide to more meaningful quiet times. After living in the Middle East for 16 years with her husband and two children, Betsy landed in Texas, where she still enjoys drinking chai with friends.