This “Having a Bad Day Prayer” can help you gain God’s power and perspective on days when everything seems to go wrong.

Having a Bad Day Prayer  

Dear Heavenly Father;

I am having a bad day. It seems as though nothing is going right. I have so much to do and so many people depending on me. I don’t’ have time or energy for things to go wrong. I want to ask you to take away my bad days but I realize that if I do that I am missing out on learning to trust in you. Instead, I ask for Your love, guidance and support to help me get through my bad days. Help me to learn to trust in you through the small things so when I have bad days that are bigger I will not just come to you but I will have learned how to trust you.

Lord as creator of all, I am humbled by the love you show me even in the little things. I know that there is nothing in this world that You cannot handle. I am not worthy of Your mercy and grace. Yet, You always make it available to me. I am willing to put aside my need to control and fix things and instead trust You.

I look to You Lord and thank You for being with me and taking care of me. You give me chances to learn to trust you. It isn’t easy but You patiently wait on me as I struggle to let go. I feel the warmth of your loving arms embrace me, and the peace You bring to my heart.


About this Having a Bad Day Prayer

Bad Days. We have all had them.

A typical bad day may look something like this:  Everyone over sleeps. Who knows why, no time to figure it out. The kids miss the bus and it is left to you to get them to school. You go to get in the car and the battery is dead. You call your spouse who is now stuck in traffic and won’t be able to get to you any quicker than AAA. Eventually you get the battery changed and thinking positive you say to yourself well at least it gave us time to get breakfast.

In the rush of the day you forgot about a meeting your boss called for 9:00AM and you remember your youngest was suppose to bring lunch today because his class is going on a field trip. You see a fast food drive through and say to yourself I’ve got this. Kids get to school. Your son is on time for his field trip with lunch and you are going to be few minutes late for your meeting.

But then you see the blue lights. You realize they are meant for you. Turns out you ran through a stop sign in a school zone while you were busy congratulating yourself on how well you handled the morning. After desperately searching for your license you realize that in your rush, you left it and your computer at home.

Not all bad days are like this one but one thing they all have in common is that we don’t like them and typically would not say, “I am thankful for bad days.”

Finding God’s help on bad days

When we are learning how to do something we would all agree that we need practice. The day I described doesn’t compare to a natural disaster or critical health issue but it is important just the same.

A parent who watches their child learn to crawl and walk is excited on those days as the day that same child wins a gold medal in track and field at the Olympic games. Their joy is equal in both because the child is reaching beyond their current ability to achieve more and it is necessary at each milestone in order to reach the final goal.

If we think of bad days the same way we see them in a different light. They are a chance for us to look beyond our own ability and trust in God because if we can learn to do this on the everyday kind of bad day then we will be in practice to trust in Him on the more difficult challenges we experience in life.

Bible verses for bad days

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10

The LORD your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.

Zephaniah 3:17

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27

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