Written by Kirstyn Mayden
We live in a broken world plagued by sin and complex societal issues that can be overwhelming at times. With societal challenges including racism, educational disparities, health crises and homelessness, it is easy to want to withdraw. We may say to ourselves, “it’s all too much. The problem is too big. What role do I play? Where is God?” These are questions that I often ask myself.
In addition to collective brokenness, we also deal with individual sin that attempts to keep us broken and separated from God. Our individual sin can keep us isolated and feeling empty. Broken relationships, anxiety, depression, and fear can consume us, keeping us distracted and hopeless.
Despite how bleak it may look at times, do not lose heart. God desires for our minds, relationships, societal challenges, hope, and peace to be restored. God wants to restore our broken world and spirits. Below are five prayers of restoration to reignite our souls and keep us hopeful.
1. Prayer to Restore Our Minds
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing, and perfect will” (Romans 12:2).
When our minds are distracted and overwhelmed by our personal and societal circumstances, renew and restore our minds daily. During times when we cannot think clearly, strengthen and direct our minds to your Word for hope and encouragement. Help us to keep our minds focused on You. Restore mental clarity and balance when anxiety rises. Restore positive thoughts and affirmations in our minds so that we can be beacons of hope and love. Give us the courage and discipline to continually seek your Word to renew our minds.
In Jesus’ name,
2. Prayer to Restore Broken Relationships
“Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise” (Jeremiah 17:14).
Thank you for being a restorer of broken friendships, marriages, family divisions, and peers. As we surrender our inadequacies and shortcomings to you, you will intervene for us. Give us the wisdom and reassure us that you are our ultimate provider and will equip us with all we need to restore our broken relationships. Remind us that we cannot restore anything or any relationship without the power of the Holy Spirit. Provide us with a willing heart, patience, forgiveness, and strength to trust You with all aspects of restoring relationships. You are in control. Help us to seek Your Word and way for direction.
In Jesus’ name,
3. Prayers to Restore Systems of Injustice
“’But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the Lord, ‘because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares’” (Jeremiah 30:17).
We look for Your guidance and wisdom to restore and heal systems of injustice that continue to permeate our country and the world. Amidst racism, educational disparities, and healthcare inequalities, remind us of Your sovereignty. Unify where there is division and help us to view each other in the image of You. Forgive us for times that we have played any role in perpetuating systems of injustice, and soften our hearts to listen and hear from those who are different than us. Thank you for Your restorative power that can heal broken hearts, systems, and indifference. Teach how to continue to glorify You in our actions, attitudes, and minds.
In Jesus’ name,
4. Prayer to Restore Hope
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me” (Psalm 51:12).
When we feel hopeless, restore our hope in who You are. Reaffirm our strength and hope that are found in You, and not what we see. Remind us of the purposes that you have for us and the resources to accomplish what You have called us to do. Remind us of your faithfulness and to not lose hope in Your goodness, provision, and sovereignty. Revive our hope in You to inspire, encourage, comfort, and restore all that has been lost and broken.
In Jesus’ name,
5. Prayer to Restore Peace
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).
When we are anxious, restore peace for our souls and calm for our restless minds. Thank you for restoring peace for broken relationships, situations, and hearts where there is division. Restore peace to our homes, workplaces, schools, and the world. When we are at the end of our own strength and chaos is all around us, may your peace calm and cover us. Thank you for restoring peace to our spirits and reconciling our hearts back to You.
In Jesus’ name,
Today, I invite you to receive God’s restoration for your body, mind, and spirit. Where there is brokenness, God will restore you, your home, and relationships. Let the power of the Holy Spirit guide, direct, and strengthen you. When you feel weary, overwhelmed, or consumed with anxiety, I encourage you to let God restore You. You are not alone, and God is a restorer.
God will restore and calm your troubled mind, broken relationship, and restless heart. In God’s sovereignty, He will also restore and repair societal systems of injustice that include racism, educational disparities, and healthcare inequalities. I invite you to not lose hope. Strengthen your faith and reaffirm your trust in the restorative power of God.
Whatever current season you are facing, be reassured of this: God has not forgotten about you and can restore the most broken situation. Allow God to heal you and make room for God’s word to move and speak life. Friend, God’s restorative power is transforming, true, and steadfast. Find encouragement that God continues to mend, restore, and renew you and this broken world.
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Kirstyn Mayden is a Christian blogger who writes devotionals that empower and equip women in their everyday lives. She is a wife, mother, and loves God with all her heart. She has a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. For the last 17 years, Kirstyn has served in a number of ministry capacities with children, youth, and women. She has a passion to serve with women empowering them to grow and live out their God-given purpose. Currently, she serves alongside her husband in ministry at Mt. Zion UMC Church in Upperco, MD. In addition, she is the founder of Worthy Girls, Worthy Lives, an empowerment program for adolescent girls in Baltimore. Connect with Kirstyn’s blog here.