Are you looking for a February 8 prayer to read and reflect on? We provide a guiding Bible verse, prayer questions, and example prayer for the day below.
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Bible verse for February 8
“This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.” (1 John 3:19-20)
Prayer Reflection & Questions for February 8
I love these verses as we deal with the topic of rest because 1 John 3:19-20 specifically deals with how to rest when we are self-criticizing. When our self-esteem is low, when we feel like imposters, when we can’t seem to get past our self-doubt, God is there. We can set our hearts at rest by knowing that God is greater than what we feel.
Because let’s be honest: we’re not perfect. But God doesn’t want us to dwell in that. He is specifically saying that He knows we will self-criticize, but self-criticism isn’t truth: God is.
I love the Message version of this:
“My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.” (1 John 3:19-20 MSG)
In what ways have you been self-criticizing lately? Write them down or pray them to God. Ask God to replace those thoughts with His love. It will create more space to live out His message.
February 8 Prayer
Dear Lord, I am grateful that you know my heart. When I self-criticize, you already know what I am feeling. Help me to remember that in my darkest moments of self-doubt, Your truth says that You know more about us than we will ever know about ourselves. I will trust in Your truth God, Amen.
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Jessie Synan is a Master’s student in Biblical Studies who helps other women find their prayer focus in a distracted world. She went from her ADHD interfering with her prayer life to finding her own unique rhythms for prayer and encouraging other women to do the same. She is the founder of Pray With Confidence, which has helped over 5000 women focus on prayer through the real and vulnerable advice she gives to those on her email list when they sign up for the free guide “How to pray [when you can’t focus.]”