A Prayer for When Your Life is Out of Control


{A Prayer}

There are moments in life that are so devastating there are no words to utter. You see people surround you and their lips are moving, but the words cannot be absorbed. You try to move forward with a normal routine, but the world seems to move in slow motion as you walk in a trance giving your best effort to press on.

Life can hurt deeply. It can scar the tender parts of your heart and make you feel like life is completely out of your control.

The truth is, it is. Life is not ours to control. Life is manageable when bills are paid, kids are healthy, marriage is working, church is delightful, and work is enjoyable. When test results reveal serious illness or when your marriage is sitting on the edge of disaster, life is no longer controllable. Unexpected bills, heartbreaking conversations and a life of heavy burdens unload themselves into your world that seems to be shattering right before your eyes.

No one ever plans it this way, but somehow there are people all around us holding shattered pieces of life wanting desperately to put the pieces together again. It’s as if the anchor of your soul has been ripped from the deepest depth of your heart and your ship of life has been lost at sea.

What’s a desperate, hurting soul to do when life is completely out of control?

Cling to Jesus. If you know Him, He’s already with you. Right there, in the midst of the uncontrollable, He knows every single detail of your struggle. He is an anchor that does not budge. When everything else changes, Jesus is a constant.

But cling to the Lord your God, as you have done to this day. Joshua 23:8

If you don’t know Him, call out to Him. He’s waiting for you to come to Him and follow Him. Jesus is not a person I call on when life is beyond my understanding, Jesus is a constant friend who never leaves, never hurts and never makes mistakes. We can tell Him anything and everything and He cares. He sees. He knows. He loves unconditionally. Do you know Him?

There is a place of unchanging grace and mercy that draws me close. It’s not a church, a pastor or a counsellor. It’s the presence of my Savior. When I sit in His presence and allow His Spirit to fill in the holes between the shattered pieces of my heart, I feel complete no matter what reality says to me. I may be hurting, lonely or afraid, but God heals, comforts and gives me confidence that I cannot explain.

There’s still tears that fall, lots of them, but God listens and loves me even when I cannot understand. When I submit my shattered soul to Jesus and give Him every part, leaving nothing hidden, I no longer focus on feeling hurt, alone or afraid. I feel loved, complete and secure, and I can see God beyond my circumstances. God does that, He opens eyes and heals broken lives.

When life seems to be going on around you, and everything is in motion, and you feel like you are in the middle of your worst nightmare, it is time to sit in God’s presence a while. Get alone and allow God to fill in the shattered places. It might not happen overnight, and pain may continue for days, months or even years, but I’ve found that sitting in God’s presence gives me what I need for each day. I still cry and I still feel pain, but I don’t live shattered. I have an anchor that holds me steady through darkness, light, storms, and devastating winds.

Cling to Jesus.

Whatever you’re facing today, He wants to firmly secure you and fill in the broken places of your life. If you’re struggling for words to pray, try praying these with a sincere heart:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I need you. When life is too difficult and I cannot understand, I need you. When darkness surrounds me and I cannot sustain the pressure of life, I need you. When it seems my entire world is falling apart, I need you. When life is not what it seems it should be, I need you. Help me to see you, to know you and to feel you near. Give me grace and mercy to face another day. Give me strength and guidance to take a step forward. Fill in the shattered places of my heart and give me peace beyond my understanding. Lord, I need you.

In Jesus name, amen.

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8

If this was an encouragement to you, share it with a friend. You never know who might be feeling a bit shattered today. Let’s cling to Jesus!

Love & Blessings,


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Micah Maddox
Micah Maddox is married to her sparkly, blue-eyed, high school sweetheart, and they are raising three rambunctious, amazing kiddos. Her husband, Rob, is the Worship and Missions Pastor at Spotswood Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia. They have been in full-time ministry for over 10 years! When Micah is not tending to children, laundry, dishes or the next meal, she loves to write, decorate and chat with friends! Although small talk is great, she loves to dig deeper and discuss the stuff in life that keeps us up at night. If you are discouraged and need encouragement, visit Micah on her blog .