Prayer To Change My Home Situation
The Prayer that Changed My Life
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When I was in high school, one of my friends started making some bad choices, choices she and I both knew were not in line with what we had been taught at church in all of our many years of attending together.
And I resented her for it.
I couldn’t stand to look at her, knowing that she was doing these things, and trying to hide them from me. It infuriated me. I was angry. And hurt.
How could she willingly sin against God? Was it really worth it to do something so serious? To put her eternal salvation, long-term happiness, and future on the line?
I was beyond frustrated with her. With the situation. I lashed out at her, someone who I used to be so close with. I didn’t understand why she would do such a thing.
And it hurt my own soul in the process.
It became apparent to me over time that I was harboring major negative feelings toward her. Feelings that made me so angry and upset. Feelings I couldn’t shake despite knowing I needed to continue to love her.
But, I just couldn’t get over it. I couldn’t let it go.
Not without help anyway.
As I learned more about the power of prayer at church, I realized that I needed to experience the “change of heart” so often talked about in the scriptures. And I knew I couldn’t do it on my own. My feelings were too strong and personal for me to easily forgive her and let go.I needed God to take away the burden of these feelings of judgment and hatred and sadness and all of it. I was unable to do it myself.
I hated to admit to God that I was weak, unable to do it myself. I hated, even more, to place this seemingly small, almost petty burden upon the One who had already suffered so much on my behalf, that doing so was unfit to be borne by the King of Kings! In many ways, it felt silly to ask for such a seemingly simple thing to be removed through the amazingness that is the Atonement of Christ.
But, I was desperate to not internally feel so negatively toward someone I loved, someone I needed to love.
Casting My Burden on the Lord
So I decided to do something I had only read about in the scriptures: I asked God to remove this burden from my heart and to change my heart so that I would no longer feel this way, that I would be able to see my friend without anger inside me, without judgment and hurt.
I prayed, cried, and begged God, on my knees, out loud in my bedroom, with the scriptures open on my bed to remove this from my soul and thoughts as it was just too much for me to bear and was negatively affecting my relationship with this person, whom I loved. I didn’t want to feel this way anymore, but the hurt ran deep.
And amazingly as I pleaded with the Lord, I felt it. I felt my burden lighten. I felt the weight lift off my shoulders.
The next day when I interacted with this person again, I could do so without it being tainted by what I knew they had done. I could love them fully and freely again, despite their sin, despite them going against what they had always known to be wrong.
We rebuilt our relationship. We moved forward. And she’s still an extremely important person in my life more than a decade later.
And it was only possible because of the gift of prayer and the power of Jesus Christ’s atonement.
What Invoking Christ’s Atonement in Prayer Taught Me
Acting in faith and praying for His help, down on my knees, was one of the greatest moments of my life and testified to me that prayer does indeed work, that Christ is indeed listening to my prayers, and that God loves me.
I may not always have a strong conviction of prayer in my life, often wondering how to pray and how to make my prayers more meaningful, but this single experience reaffirms to my soul in my moments of doubt that prayer is real, it works, and that God is there listening to me.
Sometimes I meet people who were once me. People who live with anger, malice, resentment or pain because of someone in their life, or toward someone in their life. And they sometimes tell me how they can’t get over it. Or could never forgive them.
But I know that all things are possible through Jesus Christ.
And Jesus Christ can answer our prayers for healing.He died on a cross for us so that He could carry our burdens and make them light. All we have to do is take His yoke upon us and learn of him.
He invites all to “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest [to your souls].” (Matthew 11:28-29).
Through this first experience of casting my burden on the Lord, I learned so much about the power of prayer, the power of the Atonement, and the love of our Savior Jesus Christ.
I realized that denying Christ’s Atonement to work in my life, denying myself from taking Christ’s yoke upon me so that I could have rest to my soul, for months, was exactly what Satan wanted me to do. He wants us all to be miserable he is. But, Christ begs us to Come unto Him!
I encourage you to cast your burdens upon the feet of the Lord, and plead for rest to your souls.
A Prayer to Change the Spiritual Atmosphere of Our Homes – by Radiant
Thank you, Radiant, for sharing these prayers with us!
Ladies, these prayers are designed for you, who are in Christ, to pray out loud with boldness over your life, marriage, home, and family. (If you don’t know if you are in Christ Jesus, please check out this post first):
Thank You that You are here with me and You love me. I receive that You died for me to be transferred the Kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of Light. You rescued me and adopted me into Your family to love on me now and forever. As a Christian, this is the Truth, no matter how I am feeling today.
I confess that I have allowed lies, negativity, fear, anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, my “rights,” being right, performance, perfectionism, pride, a judging/critical spirit, trying to “fix” others, depression/despair, and/or my relationship ruts to allow hurt, guilt, unrest, and problems into my heart, marriage, home, kids, and relationships. I ask Your forgiveness for that. Forgive me for continuing to be plugged into darkness, Self, and people as my source and identity and as what I look to instead of looking to You and rejecting evil.
Thank You that when I confess my sin to You, You are faithful and just to forgive me my sin and to cleanse me from all. I receive that I am forgiven and free
I want to change this pattern and atmosphere starting today. I believe You can do this as I ask, seek, and knock – but help my unbelief!
In Jesus’ Name, I confess that I am a daughter of the Most High. I am the Bride of Jesus – the Beautiful One who is Faithful and True
You have spiritually already seated me in heavenly places with You. I am held close to Your heart at all times. I am deeply and infinitely loved and pursued by You. I am washed with the all-powerful Blood of Jesus and Your Spirit is in me, always connected to me.
Nothing can separate me from You and Your love – not even me. You have anointed me with a calling and purpose in Your beautiful Kingdom. You have crowned me with Your love and compassion. You put a crown on my head that says “Holy to the Lord.
” I put that crown back on today even though I am not used to wearing it.
In Jesus’ Name – Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit – I invite You in to every part of my spirit, heart, mind and body. Wash all of the dark, cold, unbelieving, fearful, and hurting places in me with Your love and grace.
I go back in time with You – all the way to when I was conceived – and I receive that You were always there with me, loving me and holding me – even when I abandoned You or accused You of abandoning me. Even in the worst moments of my life – You were still holding me and loving me.
And You have healing for every one of those moments and scars in me.
Jesus, fill all of me up with Your Holy Spirit.Thank You that He has already been in me since I was saved, but thank You that You love to give us fresh fillings of Your Spirit to heal, set free, and show Your power and love in and through us.
I ask You to reveal anything that is blocking me from hearing Your voice and receiving good things from You in Jesus’ Name. (I confess anything that comes to mind and receive forgiveness).
I invite You into my home, Holy Spirit
Forgive me and my family for grieving You and being filled with, and worshipping other things instead of You. Please fill every room in my home. Cover my home with Your glory and protection and surround it with Your angels who encamp around those who fear You.
I dedicate my home, our rooms, our possessions, our computers and devices, our land, and our vehicles to You for Your kingdom and Your glory.
Wash away anything any of us, or people on this land before us, have done that has caused strife and torment and darkness to feel at home in this place.
Thank You that the husband is the head of the wife, and that Christ is the head of the husband. I declare that Jesus is the head of my husband –and He is leading him into all truth (if my husband is not saved yet, I invite God to draw him to Himself because He already loves Him as His own beloved son).
Give revelation to him of Your love. Open his eyes and ears and heart to You. I ask for the Spirit of wisdom to be on my husband. Send Your love and grace into every hurt place, scar and wound in my husband’s spirit, mind, heart and body. I ask for Your vision of him – what You are calling Him to be and to do.
I receive Your heart and eyes for my husband.
I speak Your love and protection over all of my kids in Jesus’ Name. Call to them and pursue them Jesus
Show them Your goodness – help them taste and see how much You love them. I break generational curses and sins on us from 4 generations back (things fear, abuse, addictions, anger, idols) on both my side and my husband’s side of the family.
I tell every place that hasn’t been lined up with You in all of us to receive the reign of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. I speak Your rest and peace to rule over this house and each of our hearts and relationships. I receive Your heart and eyes for my children.
I ask to see them how You do – and to see what callings You have on them.
I receive that I am anointed and equipped to be the mom and wife my family needs as I stay close to You and soak up Your wisdom and love
Thank You Jesus that You have given us choices. Today, blessings or curses, life or death is set before us. We have power in our thinking and words and choices to choose Life and blessings. That is what You are so lovingly calling us to choose. We choose You today, Jesus!
Thank You for all of the heavenly assignments that have just been released by Your authority as I have prayed Your heart and will and kingdom into our home. I give all of these loved ones into Your hands and I rest in Your provision for each need. Thank You that You are speaking Light into every darkness.
OTHER POSTS BY RADIANT
Cinderella and the Gospel (Receiving the love of Christ)
Dealing with a Critical, Perfectionistic Husband
I Can’t Ask for Things. I Can’t Have Needs, Desires, or Emotions
The Spiritual Healing Available to Each of Us in Christ
Pray This Prayer To Reverse Unjust Situations
Are you going through something unjust right now? If so, I believe this blog post contains a WORD for you today. God is ready to send you help from Zion.
Just recently, God has had me intercede for two different families who were going through unjust situations
Both situations were completely unrelated, but they were both horrible too. Nevertheless, God is the Divine Reverser of All Things Horrible.