When You Feel All Alone
This past week, a friend shared with me a prayer book her husband keeps for his family and all of his friends. He is a father of 6. This notebook is specifically created for creating a vision for his family and to fight spiritual warfare for his family and friends.
I have never seen anything like this! It’s amazing!
Inside he has a list of people he is praying for. First, he has each of his family members listed and specific areas he is praying over each one, starting with his wife, followed by each child. Then he has his top 12 friends he’s praying over – then his top 70 friends and then his top 120. That’s a lot of people he is praying over! He systematically prays through his list and dates when he has prayed for them. Sometimes he takes the time to contact the person he has prayed for, to let them know they were prayed for that day.
This is a man who is very aware of spiritual warfare – he doesn’t just play defense – he plays offense too. He is willing to fight on his knees for his loved ones.
Oh that we all would be this aware of the enemy and his tactics. As I said in last Friday’s post on destroying strongholds:
Darkness is not stagnate.
It moves in anywhere it can.
The light MUST push out the darkness.
We must participate in pushing out the darkness.
That brings us to today’s scripture reading in Deuteronomy 20:1-4. It says:
“When you go out to war against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and an army larger than your own, you shall not be afraid of them, for the Lord your God is with you, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.
2 And when you draw near to the battle, the priest shall come forward and speak to the people3 and shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel, today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies: let not your heart faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them, 4 for the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.’
Moses told the Israelites that when they went to battle and they saw the power of their enemies – with horses and chariots and armies larger than their own – they should not be afraid of them.
They should not be afraid of what they see because what is unseen – their great God — is greater!
Is there something you are facing that looks like a Goliath to you?
In verses 2-4, the Israelites are told, when they were near the battle, to have a priest come forward and speak to the people.
The priest is to remind the Israelites to not panic or be in dread of the enemy. He is to remind them that the Lord their God is with them and fighting for them. They should not give in to fear.
They are not alone!
Friends, when you are in the midst of a battle – a trial – a temptation – a crisis or a tragedy – we need the encouragement of other believers. We need another Christian sister to remind us to not give in to fear. God is with us.
I have a dear friend, who did this for me, just one month ago when I was going through a trial. She called me up and left me one of the sweetest, calmest, most encouraging voicemails I’ve ever received. This is a girl I have never spoken to on the phone – who just followed the leading of the Lord. He had placed me as a burden on her heart and she obeyed what she felt was his prompting and she called. Then she spoke truth to me. Truth I needed to hear in that very moment. Her words soothed my soul and calmed my anxious heart. She reminded me…
Do not give in to fear.
I am not alone.
And so it’s my turn to do for you, what my friend did for me. I want you to know…
I have experienced this – it’s true! He does fight for us! The battle may not always end the way we want it to – all tied up neatly in a bow – but I have experienced God’s undeniable hand of protection during my battles.
When I’ve felt all alone, God has given me more of Himself so that I do not feel alone.
He is present and so I can say with confidence – You are not alone.
And I’m reminded of the notebook, with the long list of family and friends that are being prayed over by this father of 6. He is methodically and systematically fighting battles beside his friends and family because he sees. He sees that the enemy may appear overwhelmingly strong…but he also knows the power of our great God and the power of prayer.
Do you have a friend who is in the midst of a battle today?
Support your friend in her battle. Call her up and leave her a message. Remind her to not give in to fear. Remind her – she is not alone.
When you feel all alone remember this:
God goes with you everywhere you go.
Practice the presence of the Lord in your life today. Call on him in times of fear. Allow him to replace your panic with peace.
Here’s 3 verses to remind you – you are not alone:
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
If God is for us, who can be against us?
Walk with the King,
What is the battle you are facing today? If you are in need of prayer – share it with us in the comment section and we will be praying for you. You are not alone.
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Thank you. I so needed to hear this today.
Thank you! I just got home from a retreat meeting and once again wondered why I was there, what was my purpose? The enemy was really coming down hard on me. 🙁 I opened my phone and there this message was. Again thank you!! I know these things, but tonight I needed to be reminded of them. I am not alone! God has a purpose for me even when I am confused as to what it is. He is faithful to His children and gives good gifts to them. The gift of belonging and being loved by Him.
Prayer Request: I am in an oppressive/abusive relationship. My husband has decided to get me pregnant and I was not included in that decision. I am concerned for my health. We have two children and had gotten back together 1 year ago after we were almost divorced. He has deceived many and ruined my reputation at our last church. He does so wherever he can. I am concerned that he will do so at our new church, where we are becoming members. I am concerned for my future of my family. I need God’s strength to be completely honest with our new church where we will have counseling soon. He is unpredictable. He has mental illness and is on medication for it. God holds us in His hands. Thank you for praying!
Praying for you . Please keep yourself safe. I pray that the truth will be heard at the counseling sessions and for protection for you and the children. I pray that your husband will take his meds and God helps him control his words, thoughts, and actions. I pray that God will put a hedge of protection over you and your family. I pray that God fills you with His peace that passeth all understanding. I thank God that He is with us and is greater than he that is in the world.
In Jesus precious name,
The lord want you see the truth. Please remember love is kind and never hurtful.please stay safe..
I have prayed for you. I have prayed for your protection and that you would be surrounded with God’s love. That your husband would be stopped by His hand from moving toward you in anger, and stop his lips from speaking the enemies lies toward you. You are His precious child, and He knows what is happening. Call out to Him. HEmis there. You are loved, and I will continue praying for you. Please check out Leslie Vernick’s blog. It helped me to see the lies and work toward seeing the truth.
I know exactly where you are. I will be having you in my prayers. The Lord will walk with you and you family thru this storm. Your story will be a testimony for many other women who are going thru it. I went thru the same storm but he was not my husband and I didn’t have children. This is very different and the Lord and the body of Christ (your new church) will help you and guide you.
Praying for you and for God to protect you and your children.
Oh I need this!!! Sometimes I do not feel that somethings
Noone listens…I never say a word in high school and I am working now…I just don’t like my voice…feel like I am repeating everything and feel that I should not say a word..need prayers.
Praying for you Regina, that God’s love and mercy will be present in your life and allow you to share your voice and bring healing where needed. God is listening and others will, too.
I’m in a place where i desperately need to feel God’s touch and experience His provision. Please pray for me
Praying for you, Lia. Gods knows just what you need.
I really needed to hear this and can use all the prayers I can get!!
Praying for you right now Miranda. God’s love for you is HUGE. He cares about what you’re going through and wants you to seek and trust him. Hugs.
Thank you for the reminder that the Lord is ever present with me. I am inundated at work. I want to do well, but I am feeling pulled in many directions. I need clarity of thought, a better way of organizing/prioritizing my tasks, and to remember to just take one day at a time… and eventually I will get caught up. Like you said, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” And this includes tasks! 🙂
Your prayer concern mirrors mine exactly! I actually have to pray each day, thanking God in advance for a good day (Declare what is NOT as if it IS)—and a great prayer I have up at my desk—“Lord, I have no idea what today will bring, but YOU do! Thank you that you will show me what I need to focus on”. And to bring it a step further, I actually have to pray away physical symptoms of stress. I pray for a clear head, I pray that my shoulders stay down (I tend to tighten up when I’m stressed), I pray that I can understand all I need to do (I struggle with a job that is more than I am qualified for), and that I can serve all the people I need to. I even have to pray that I dont cry sometimes. (I’m a crier!) And the scripture “Do all as unto the Lord” not our earthly masters. That has helped me a lot. Its a challenge, for sure, and I’m not at all perfect….but if I do it even a speck better than I did it yesterday, that is great progress! Hang in there—–God’s got you in the palm of his hand.
I pray a lot of these prayers in my job, too. Thank you for sharing your specific prayers because I am adding some to my own day. I pray for a clear head a lot because I get overwhelmed with the amount of tasks that need to be accomplished. I also remind myself everyday that God’s Word is Truth. I always go back to the Truth (like you do), and it helps me re-focus and calm down.
Happy Friday 😉
Please I need a friend who I can be sharing prayer with..my name is Daniel from Ghana..
I am so thankful that God has given us the fruit of the Spirit. He can also, give us wisdom, if we ask. he tells us we have not because we ask not. He will provide our our needs. We do not need to be afraid, God is on our side and is right here with us. It doesn’t mean we should expect miracles but He will make a way for our needs to be cared for. After our trial, we will be stronger and be able to help those going through trials. My prayer has been that God can use me to help encourage others and that He will be shown through my words and actions. I pray that God will let me show His love to someone everyday.
Prayer request: I really need a breakthrough in my marriage…..husband is all spiritual and sweet in front of other people but total opposite at home.
Its like living in a warzone…..constant fighting and swearing. I just cannot take the emosional abuse any more.
I feel so alone, cant share my feelings with any one as everyone thinks my husband is so wonderfull. I am tierd of this and feels like I cant go on any more.
I have been where you are. The thing that helped me the most was going to see a Christian counselor, someone who can help give you guidance through all of this. And dont fall into the trap of thinking that no one sees through his facade, they probably do more than you realize.
Just last night I was thinking… Lord, I feel so alone. If only I had someone who could help me, who could hold my hand during this tough time in my life. Then i prayed Psalm 25:16- ‘Turn to me and be gracious to me,for I am lonely and afflicted.’ And today God answers my prayer! If you can please say a prayer for me.
Just this morning I read these verses:
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. For I hold you by your right hand – I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.'”
Isaiah 41:10,13 NLT
“I am overcome with joy because of your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul.”
Psalm 31:7 NLT
My husband is an alcoholic and I have felt alone most of our marriage. Only by God’s grace and by reading God’s Word every morning have realized how much God loves me. He sees my problems and has used them to draw me close to Him.
“In every situation and circumstance of your life, God is always doing a thousand different things that you cannot see and you do not know.” – John Piper
“The Lord will work out his plans for my life – for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.”
Psalm 138:8a NLT
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Romans 8:28 NIV
I needed to hear this-this morning. Thank you! Reminds me to lean on the Lord in my time of need. It also reminds me to be selfish and take time with the Lord when I am feeling down.
that journal sounds amazing. Such a godly man.
Prayer Request: I’ve been in a second relationship for the past 15 years with a man who seems to blame everything that has gone wrong in his life on others and on me. I do love him because he is the father of my two younger children, but I am not in love with him. He has asked me to marry him, but I don’t feel it in my heart to do it. I don’t want to spend the rest of my life with someone who is constantly blaming me for the bad things that happened in his life. He is now going to the attorney general and filing a document where it will state that our 14 and our 12 year old children don’t want to live with me anymore, instead, they both want to go live with him. The action of filing this document makes me feel defeated, torn apart, broken, and alone. Especially, because I see my 14 year old daughter taking his side and feeling anger toward me because I’m not in love with her dad. I have cared for my children since the day they were born. Also, I was always there for them while they were growing, taking them to church and CCE, registering them for school, and attending all their school performance functions, and dropping and picking them from school. I am their caregiver, nurse, cook, driver, and cheerleader. Just the thought of their father taking them from me feels like I’ve been punched in the heart. But I also understand he is also their father and he also has rights. All this turmoil makes me feel so alone. Please say a prayer for me, thank you.
What a season, right! I will keep you in my prayers. My daughter did this last summer, she went to move in with her Dad and new Step Mom. her age….14. She thought it was going to be great, Daddy and her time, a new school, less rules, new Step Mom. then reality hit. when she moved, I cried so much, her younger sister missed her a lot didn’t understand why the Lord gave me the words ” let go and let God”. I had to really rethink it as in ARE you sure Lord, Let go?? but the Lord knew what he was doing. He opened my daughters eyes and my ex-husband’s eyes on how much they really do need me and I play a huge part in the parenting team. I pray the Lord will give you peace at the outcome.
Prayer request –
My 73 yr. old mother is an alcoholic. She has poisoned and dissolved all of her relationships. She speaks terrible things against everyone she knows and even starts altercations with strangers in public. She has isolated herself and has become extremely paranoid and constantly angry. She refuses help and only wants to be left alone to drink. However, she is furious that my two daughters (ages 18 and 15) do not want to spend time with her. They don’t tell her in advance of things coming up in their lives, etc.. She expects to be informed so that she feels included. She is living in a state of complete oblivion, because she thinks that my girls don’t know that she is an alcoholic. My girls love their Grandma, but they are hurt and embarrassed by her. Somehow, my mother blames me for this. Anyway – my prayer is that my mother would accept the Lord as her Savior. That she would humbly confess her sins, repent and receive the help that she is being offered, and begin to live a NEW LIFE IN CHRIST. She doesn’t have much time left on this earth and I pray that she can live it in victory and have an eternity in Heaven.
I’m in the midst of a trial where I have to make a decision regarding a child of mine. I don’t want to make a decision out of fear. Please pray for clear direction and for my son who will follow whatever decision we decide. I pray I will be lead to the best path for him.
Thank you. I’ve been caught up in fear for the last month regarding this issue.
Thank you for being here every morning for me with the study of Gods Word.
Please pray for our precious family. A short version is for my son who is trying to witness his sister, our daughter, that converted to Islam 10 yrs ago after marrying. She told me from the beginning after having her first child, that she did this for her family. As a Mother, it broke my heart & soul then …. and now to know that last week they have had harsh words & both so completely hurt. It should NOT be this way. Pray for Love & harmony to return to our family once again. I pray & KNOW God is working here- even though I don’t understand why it has to be so torn & ugly. Pray that God will use me, the little ole quiet & shy Mama – for His Divine purpose. I need wisdom. I need help & an army of praying saints.
This is an amazing post and a great reminder. To see a similar notebook/ amazing prayer life, check out the Christian movie War Room. It is a story of a lovely older woman teach in a younger woman how to fight for her family in prayer.
Please also pray for my unsaved friend Christine. She has been attacked on all fronts lately – major health issues, family issues, work issues, etc. Thank you!!
Prayer Request: My son, Matthew, is in the depths of despair and lonliness right now. He has ptsd and his therapy cat died on Sunday. He is beyond heartbroken. He says he was his best friend, the only one who he had to talk to. He just moved to a new state a couple months ago and has no freinds. He has severe social anxiety and difficulty going anywhere. He has been suicidal for almost a year. He had been making progress even he recognized last week, until the pet died. His therapist called me yesterday to warn me that he is making him check in every morning and if his demeanor is not improved he will institutionalize him. It is what he wants to do a few days ago, but my son begged him not to. He said if he does he will give up for sure and wait until they release him to do the unthinkable. I am terrified and my heart has been breaking. I am over 5 hours away and have little kids at home, he is 26. I continue to pray earnestly for him but it seems none of my words to him are comforting. Thank you for this post. Thank you for the prayers.
My husband and I have been unemployed for well over a year now, and have been living in an RV. Our special needs son lives at my mother’s house because there isn’t enough room – please pray we would have steady income and a home of our own where we can all be together!
We are not ALONE. I have went a lot in my life in which I feel as an old soul inside at the age of 37. I seen the Lord’s hand in every storm and season in my life. Last week, I was on a mission trip in small towns in Mexico where Witchcraft and false Idols are a norm. I come from the same cultural background till I met Jesus. during last week, our team and myself were attacked. Spiritual warzone is real and We MUST know that the Lord has won this fight so We should not fear or allow these enemies to place a wall or detour our purpose, walk or relationships.
I’m reading this with tears streaming down my face. I’m sitting in the emergency room with my husband. My hubby’s abdomen is so swollen, he couldn’t even put his pants on. He is also in a lot of pain and had shortness of breath. Dr’s say that hubby’s bladder is the size of a basketball and it looks like he has prostate cancer. Please, please pray for him? Thank you for writing this, Courtney. I am feeling alone…while asking God to draw near. I’m trying so hard to let my faith be bigger then my dear, but right now…. I’m struggling. Thanks again!
I so know the Lord and know that He will never leave me or forsake me. Yet my health continues to be challenged everyday and fear is trying to seep in as I go through yet another series of surgeries that will take me all year to heal. I do thank God that doctors are still available to try and help me and I thank him daily for an amazing family and husband who supports and loves me until no end. Your message was perfect. My fears are turned into strength and joy when I think of His love. Please pray for complete healing and no complications.
Joyous in the Lord,
Please pray for Family, Friends and my self. I don’t want to Feel I’m Alone any more. I been fighting for months I started to feel better.
Grace & Peace!
Please pray for my husband Brian and our marriage.
My husband and I are going through a Goliath like financial struggle. I struggle with depression. The struggle got so severe that I went away to a Christian facility for 6 weeks in December. We had to pay for it up front. (Health loans) The facility did not take my insurance, but our insurance stated they would reimburse at at 70 percent. The insurance has now refused to pay. Long story, but one factor, I believe is the records from my facility to the insurance were not very thorough. Basically, we are now facing a Goliath bill. My husband is a teacher and I am a school secretary. This seems like an impossible feat. Yet, with God I KNOW that nothing is impossible. I surrender this burden to him daily. Will you believers please pray? Thank you so very much. Courtney, your post was just what I needed and so true in my life right now. He is faithful! Thank u for posting this!
Please pray for me that the Lord God will send me a companion to me.
This past January I was shot eight times by my step son. Someone I knew since he was 18 mths. old. He is now 28. I helped raise him and I am now raising his kids, because of his and their mother’s drug addicted lifestyle. There was tension between us but everything seemed to be good between us. I never saw it coming. He came in my house acting as if everything was fine. Next thing I knew I was running for my life. He would have killed me if his gun had not jammed….thank the Lord. I can not explain the horror and emotional stress this has caused me, my husband and the kids. I am recovering but will have some permanent damage, but I am alive. I will face him for the first time in court tomorrow……I believe your words and the scripture here were for me….thank you. I will carry these verses in my heart.
Thank you for your Bible studies. I wonder if you could give me some of the studies you’ve already done, or are going to be doing in the future. It is more affordable for me to order more than one thing at a time at Amazon.ca and things are a little more expensive since the Canadian dollar has gone down in relation to the U.S. dollar.
I have had so many prayers answered over the past few years, but I have been isolated for several months with a depression and Fibromyalgia pain and exhaustion to the point I can barely do anything. I pretty well have only gotten to the doctors or for groceries and can’t enjoy the prayers that were answered. Thank you and Blessings.
I’m so sorry about your pain and exhaustion and I’m so glad you are here.
You can find all of our past studies on my resources page here: https://womenlivingwell.org/good-morning-girls-resources/
Next Wednesday, May 18th – I’ll be announcing our summer study so you might want to hold off to order until then.
Hope that helps!
Thank you for posting this at this time. I really needed to read this and be reminded that I am not alone. My son has two evaluations coming up June 2 and 14 and need pray for favorable results. We have been fighting this battle for nearly a year and I know and have seen God working but it is so hard at times not to feel all alone. Thank you for all your wonderful insights and I want you to just know Courtney, that many of your posts have been at times when I have needed that special uplift.
God Bless you for all your kindness, Carole
I’m in the darkest valley right now and feeling weak, discouraged, alone and depressed. My car died on me and my divorce from years ago is still haunting me causes me to continue being without much needed transportation. I’m so sick from this, literally – my health is being greatly affected by this. Please keep me in your prayers that God show me mercy and grace as I struggle to climb this mountain before me. Thank you <3
Praying for women above in difficult situations that they would feel the peace and comfort of God as they seek Him.
Please pray for my husband, Mike, as he battles depression. He is not on any medication and refuses to go to the doctor and get back on an antidepressant. I feel so alone right now. He is either angry with me or he has nothing to say. We have been married for 32 years and sometimes I just don’t know if I want to do it anymore but how can I not? Just yesterday, his brother passed away from ALS and he would not even answer his sister’s calls so I had to tell him the news. His family lives several states away and he has almost no contact with them by his choosing. I’m pretty sure that he has not called his sister back. I understand depression because I have had problems with it myself but I always do whatever I can to get back to normal. His episodes usually only last a 2 or 3 days but this one seems to be here for the long haul. He is disabled and doesn’t work so he doesn’t have to even try to keep going. I just pray that it will end soon and that he will realize that he needs to get back on his medication.
I am praying for you Jodee.
Thank you Myrna. God bless you.