Prayer Resources By Topic

We receive prayer requests about a variety of topics. These resources are meant to empower you and give you some resources to help you in your interactions.  

HEALTH AND WELLNESS:

Addiction (General)

Eating Disorders and Weight Loss

Infertility and Miscarriage

Mental Health

Physical Healing

 

GENERAL TOPICS:

Anger

Financial Challenges

Grief

Job Difficulties

Loneliness

Pornography Addiction

Self-Worth and Self-Esteem

Stress

 

RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHERS:

Abuse Survivors

Broken Relationships (General)

Caregivers

Marriage Challenges

Prep for Marriage

Relationships (Dating)

Singleness

 

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD:

Salvation Prayer

Unsaved Loved Ones


Overcoming Addiction

People who are struggling with addictions are usually feeling powerless. Their desire to break free is still fueled by their understanding that the addiction is greater than them. Fortunately when Jesus died on the cross, he nailed those addictions and overcame it for us. He is bigger than anything that is trying to take our focus away from him. It is important to remember people cannot do it on their own strength but they need HIS strength to move forward.

 

Possible things to pray for:

Verses:

 

John 16:33 (NIV) I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

 

1 Peter 3:11 (NIV) They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.

1 Corinthians 10:13-14 (NIV) No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. Therefore, my dear friends, free from idolatry.

 

1 John 2:16 (NIV) For everything in the world––the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life––comes not from the Father but from the world.

 

James 4:7 (NIV) Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

 

Psalm 50:15 (NIV) “…and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

 

Philippians 4:13 (NIV) “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

Bible Plans:

A Way Out: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/1746-a-way-out

Overcoming Addiction: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/3143-overcoming-addiction

Addictions: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/165-addictions

Just Breathe: Hope and Help For Those Drowning in the Pain of Addiction: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/4875-just-breathe-hope-and-help

Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle against your Giants: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/4024-goliath-must-fall-winning-battle-against-giants

Helpful Songs:

 

Break Every Chain by Jesus Culture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtyVdC7E6Wo

Come As You Are by Crowder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjgioXrnEME

How Can It Be by Lauren Daigle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wt5X91ciE6Y

Overcomer by Mandisa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8VoUYtx0kw

Praise You In this Storm by Casting Crowns: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5bLvVjJ4MA

 

Foundations Messages: (Coming Soon)


Weight Loss and Eating Disorders

People (men and women) who are struggling with eating disorders face daily challenges. Often the root of their battle comes from a deeper emotional pain, and the eating disorder is one manifestation of that pain. They may deal with anorexia, bulimia, binging, obesity, food addiction, or other types of food-related challenges.

 

Possible things to pray for:

 

Verses to share:

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 - Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

Psalm 139:14 - I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Deuteronomy 30:19-20 - Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the lord, you will live long in the land the lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  

                                           

2 Samuel 22:30 - In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall.

                                   

1 Corinthians 10:13 - The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

                                             

2 Corinthians 3:16-18 - But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit —makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

 

Bible reading plans:

Food - https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/122-food

Made to Crave - https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/419-made-to-crave-21-day-challenge                         

Live Out Your Faith with Fitness: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/472-live-out-your-faith- with-fitness                                         

The Weight Loss Scriptures Devotional: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/680-the-weight- loss-scriptures                                       

God's Prescription for a Healthy Life: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/922-gods- prescription-for-a-healthy-life 

                 

Other Resources:

Eating Disorder Hope - http://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/recovery                                           

Choose Life Now: Submit your body to God and develop a lifestyle of health. http://www.choose-life-now.com/ 

Take Back Your Temple - Weight loss encouragement website - http://takebackyourtemple.com/

Helpful songs:

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) by Hillsong United- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy9nwe9_xzw

From the Inside Out by Hillsong United- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZ-fghqc8Oo 

Hello, My Name Is by Matthew West- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuJWQzjfU3o

Foundations Messages: (Coming Soon)


Infertility and Miscarriage

It’s a frustrating and painful thing not to be able to conceive easily. It can be devastating to experience miscarriage or the loss of a newborn. People going through any of these are often confused, sad, and angry. They may wonder what is wrong with them and why God is letting this happen. It’s good to remember that your response should be sensitive, without offer pat or cliché answers.

 

Possible things to pray for:

 

Verses to share:

Psalms 147:3 “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

 

Romans 12:12 “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”

 

James 5:10-11 “Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 1As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.”

 

Bible reading plans:

Infertility Encouragement from Sarah’s Laughter - https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/1221-infertility-encouragement-from-sarahs-laughter

 

A Seed of Hope During Infertility - https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/858-a-seed-of-hope-during-infertility

 

Thriving Through and After Infertility and Loss - https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/2475-thriving-through-and-after-infertility-and-loss

Other Resources:

Hannah’s Prayer Ministries - http://www.hannah.org/ 

Helpful songs:

Flawless by MercyMe- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoOPsGDZdnM

How Can It Be by Lauren Daigle-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UXn_OuJkvE

Trading My Sorrows by Darrel Evans- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1cv1tzzgbk

Foundations Messages: (Coming Soon)


Mental Health

People afflicted with mental illness, and their loved ones, are looking for comfort, hope, understanding and peace. They may experience hopelessness, loneliness, and uncontrollable emotions. They may be suicidal. Self-harm (cutting) might occur."Bipolar" or manic-depressive disorder, is a diagnosis indicating extreme mood swings between severe depression and mania(high energy, giddy, compulsive decision making). Depression/anxiety may be situational or chronic. Some cases are due to chemical imbalances in the brain. Other situations are due to guilt related to sin, bitterness, or unforgiveness. Psychiatric medication may be required, however some are using chemicals to suppress unresolved emotions. Yet, expecting all people with mental illness to overcome it with God alone is similar to expecting a diabetic or heart patient to avoid medication.

                                               

Pray for discernment before answering the prayer request of a person dealing with mental illness, so that you will have power to decipher the nature of the problem and respond appropriately.

                                               

Possible things to pray for:   

                                                               

Verses to share:                                               

                                               

Bible plans:

                                                                                       

Other Resources:                               

 

Helpful Songs:

Foundations Messages: (Coming Soon)


Physical Healing

People experiencing health struggles, either their own or a loved ones, are looking for comfort, hope, and peace. Imagine how you would feel in a similar situation, and respond with gentleness and empathy. Pray boldly and in faith.

 

Possible things to pray for:

 

Verses to share:

Bible plans:

Helpful Songs:

Foundations Messages: (Coming Soon)


Anger

Anger is not wrong, unless it leads to sin. If it is not dealt with, people can become bitter and lose empathy towards other people and situations. It can cause the enemy to have a foothold in people’s life. It is important to encourage people who are angry to turn it into praise and work towards forgiveness. God does get angry, but even in His anger, He chooses to love and show grace.

 

Possible things to pray for:

 

Verses to share:

 

Ephesians 4:26-31 (NIV) “In your anger do not sin” : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

 

Proverbs 15:18 (NAS) A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, But the slow to anger calms a dispute.

 

James 1:19 (NAS) This you know, my beloved brethren But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;

 

Psalm 37:8-9 (NAS) Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing. For evildoers will be cut off, But those who wait for the LORD, they will inherit the land.

 

Luke 6:31 (NAS) Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.

 

 

Bible Plans:

Working Through Anger: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/196-working-through-anger

 

Anger: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/72-anger

 

Anger and Hatred: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/109-anger-and-hatred

 

Watch Your Mouth: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/2650-watch-your-mouth

 

Helpful Songs:

Anger Management by Lecrae: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSHfxMYTqzc

 

10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtwIT8JjddM

Foundations Messages: (Coming Soon)


Financial Difficulties

People faced with financial difficulties often experience fear, guilt, uncertainty and desperation. They may doubt God's goodness and promises. They may be seeking direction, hope, and peace. Imagine how you would feel in a financial crisis, and respond with gentleness and empathy. Pray boldly and in faith, confident that God promised to provide for His children.

 

Possible things to pray for:                                                       

 

Verses to share:

Resources:

Financial Care Form https://foundations.churchcenter.com/people/forms/105145

 

Bible plans:

Songs:

Foundations Messages: (Coming Soon)


Grief

There are many ways people can be in grief and they all involve the same thing, loss. Most likely it will be the loss of a loved one but often it can involve a job or they could be going through a divorce or some other personal tragedy. Engage them with empathy, compassion, and support. Acknowledge their feelings and avoid offering suggestions for quick fixes. Even Jesus grieved upon the death of his dear friend, so he knows the pain they are walking through.

 

Possible things to pray for:

 

Verses to share:

Matthew 5:4 (NIV) - “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

 

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV) - “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

 

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) - “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

 

Psalm 23:4 (NIV) - “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;

your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

 

 Psalm 34:18 (NIV) - “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Bible plans:

Grief Bites: Hope for the Holidays (dealing with grief during the holidays) - https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/1964-grief-bites-hope-for-the-holidays

Grief Survivor - https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/1218-grief-survivor

 

 

Helpful songs:

Holy Spirit by Francesca Battistelli- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS5S8Unvm48

Forever Reign by Hillsong United-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3f3sNiYpuF4

I Surrender by Hillsong United- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klj5xQf6tWo


Job Difficulties

With the average tenure in a job being less than 5 years, so many factors play into why that change occurs; positive and negative. Either way these factors drive people to seek wisdom and help to transition to a new path.  When praying for them, broaden their vision to see that God’s plan for the faithful brings greater things to them than they may have the ability to see during these confusing time. Also emphasize the importance of surrounding themselves with others in faith and not stay alone.

 

Possible things to pray for:

 

Verses to share:

 

Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT - Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.

 

Isaiah 43:18-19 NLT - But forget all that— it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

 

Philippians 4:6-7 NLT - Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

 

 

Bible plans:

 

Why Did I Lose My Job If God Loves Me? - https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/1012-why-did-i-lose-my-job-if-god-loves-me

 

Our Daily Bread: Picking Up the Pieces After Job Loss - https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/732-picking-up-the-pieces-after-job-loss

 

 

Helpful songs:

 

My Savior My God by Aaron Shust - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96P0bwvpbk4

 

Trust In You by Lauren Daigle - https://youtu.be/qv-SXz_exKE

 

God I Look to You by Jenn Johnson - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CR5IoWH9OiI

Foundations Messages: (Coming Soon)


Loneliness

We all go through some sort of feelings of loneliness from time to time. Empathize with them in the moment by sharing how you've gone through seasons of loneliness. Let them know that God created them to live in community with others and share the many opportunities we have to help them discover the friendships God has for them.

 

Encourage them to keep coming back to church either foundations online campus or at a Foundations Location. It's there that they can begin to develop relationships with others who attend. Let them know we have Groups they can join where they'll meet people who will help encourage them and keep them accountable.

 

Possible things to pray for:

 

Verses to share:

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

 

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. Proverbs 27:17

 

And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25

 

And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved. Acts 2:44-47

 

Bible plans:

 

Small Groups Huge Growth - https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/2915-small-groups-huge-growth

 

How to identify real friends - https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/14938-how-to-identify-real-friends

 

Foundations Messages: (Coming Soon)


Pornography Addiction

People struggling with porn struggle with embarrassment, guilt, self worth, their own relationships, their walk with the Lord if they are Christians, and openness to seek help. If you cannot relate- be careful not to “tell them what to do”. If you can relate- share that you have been there. They need to know there is not only life past this event, but freedom from the bondage.

 

Possible things to pray for:

 

Verses to share: 

John 8:36 NIV - So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

2 Corinthians 3:17 NIV - Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

 

Philippians 4:7 NIV - And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Romans 12:2 NIV - 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.

1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV - No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Bible plans:

Protecting Your Marriage, Pornography  https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/1435-infidelity-protecting-your-marriage-pornography

Thirty One Days of Healing and Recovery  https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/163-thirty-one-days-of-healing-and-recovery

 

Blog Posts:

You Can Quit Porn - https://finds.life.church/5-helpful-realizations-quitting-porn/

 

Porn Can Ruin Marriages, But There's Hope - https://finds.life.church/porn-can-ruin-marriages-theres-hope/

 

Other Resources:

Fight by Craig Groeschel - http://amzn.com/0310333741

Every Man’s Battle by Stephen Arterburn - http://amzn.com/0307457974 

Covenant Eyes (App and for PC) - http://www.covenanteyes.com 

XXXChurch - (a lot of resources) -  http://xxxchurch.com

The Dirty Little Secret: Uncovering the Truth Behind Porn by Craig Gross - http://amzn.com/031027107X

Dirty Girls Ministries - http://dirtygirlsministries.com/ - a ministry to help women experience freedom from pornography and sexual addiction.

RTribe Accountability App - http://www.rtribe.org/ (This requires someone else to be accountable with, so if the person needs a partner, have them ask us about that.)

Avenue Works - http://avenue.works This organization helps men who have struggled with infidelity and/or pornography, and offers support to women whose husbands are in that battle.

Helpful Songs

By Your Side by Tenth Avenue North - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9N7dhmdC60

Strong Enough by Matthew West - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_gCfA0Dmgg

Who Am I by Casting Crowns - https://youtu.be/F9hetEFcjGM

Foundations Messages: (Coming Soon)


Self-Worth

 

People struggling with low self-worth and/or low self-esteem are dealing with a deep sense of loss in identity and sense of belonging. They tend to battle with insecurity and engage in unhealthy comparison. It is important to show encouragement and belief in them. When we give our lives to Jesus, we are automatically a part of the kingdom and His transformational love reminds us that our sense of self comes from him, and HIM alone.

 

Possible things to pray for:

 

Verses to Share:

Isaiah 49:16 (NIV) See I have engraved you on the palm of my hands; your walls are ever before me

 

Romans 6:6 (NIV) For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin

 

Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV) Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations

 

1 Peter 2:9 (NIV) But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

 

1 John 3:1-2 (NIV) See that great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

 

2 Chronicles 20:15 (NIV) The battle is not yours, but God’s.

 

 

 

Bible Plan:

My Big Fat Mouth: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/4807-my-big-fat-mouth

 

Silencing Insecurity: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/13422-silencing-insecurity-devotional-by-donna-gibbs

 

Finding Your Worth: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/15827-finding-your-worth

 

Songs

You are Not Alone by Kari Jobe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfveawSAHJA

 

It is Well by Bethel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNqo4Un2uZI

 

No Longer Slaves by Jonathan and Melissa Helser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxkNj5hcy5E

Foundations Messages: (Coming Soon)


Dealing With Stress

 

People dealing with stress are usually focused on the “problem”. It may cause them to make rash decisions or choices. Be sure to express comfort, encouragement and /or practical ways to help them re-focus on the solution: Jesus. The enemy is good at distracting us, especially using stress, but it is God’s desire for us to lean on Him for His peace. He longs to be the center of our lives.

 

Possible things to pray for:

 

Verses to share:

 

Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV) Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

 

John 14:1 (NIV) Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.

 

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

Matthew 6:25-27 (NIV) Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

 

Psalm 61:3 (NIV) From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for you are my safe refuge.

 

Isaiah 35:4 (NIV) Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.

 

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

 

Bible Plan:

Daily Power: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/9140-daily-power-by-craig-groeschel-fuel-for-your-soul

Five Ways to Overcome Stress: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/12238-five-ways-to-overcome-stress-a-daily-devotional

Beating Stress: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/9157-beating-stress-devotions-from-time-of-grace

 

Helpful Songs:

It is Well With My Soul by Audrey Assad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zY5o9mP22V0

 

Still by Hillsong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6Fw8DgvTQA

 

Mighty to Save by Hillsong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-08YZF87OBQ

 

My Anchor by Christy Nockels: https://youtu.be/fCymt6cZY5w

Foundations Messages: (Coming Soon)


Abuse Survivors

People who have survived abuse often struggle with shame. They may feel like they somehow contributed to what happened to them. They often experience loneliness, and feel that they have no one to talk to. Avoid saying that you understand what they're going through, especially if you have never had the experience. Instead, say "I can only imagine how you are feeling." They need compassion and support. Remind them that God sees them as He created them to be. Don't pity them, but rather respect them and empathize. Let them know their emotions are valid, and that it's important to recognize them (anger, fear, loneliness, shame, guilt, sadness) in order to heal. If they want you to pray for forgiveness, then include that in your prayer.

 

Possible things to pray for:

 

Verses to share:

 

Psalm 9:9 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

Psalm 10:17 You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry.

Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

 

Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Ephesians 1:4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight

 

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

 

Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

 

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.

 

Psalm 103:6 The Lord gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly.

 

 

Bible Reading Plans

 

Abuse: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/108-abuse

 

Experiencing Hope and Healing in a Fallen World: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/506-experiencing-hope-and-healing

 

Getting Past Your Past: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/2525-getting-past-your-past

 

The Importance of the Experience: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/11651-the-importance-of-the-experience-survivors-guide

 

Foundations Messages: (Coming Soon)


Broken Relationships

People experiencing broken relationships are often in a great deal of pain. Express empathy and sensitivity for their situation. Remember that God ultimately wants people in healthy relationships, and his ultimate goal is for our restoration to himself, and also to others whenever possible.

 

Possible things to pray for:

 

Verses to share:

 

Psalm 147:3 NIV - He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

 

Ephesians 4:2-3 NIV - Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

 

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:13-15 NIV

 

 

Bible plans:

 

Building Healthy Relationships - https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/1377-building-healthy-relationships-time-of-grace

 

Experiencing Hope and Healing in a Fallen World - https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/506-experiencing-hope-and-healing

 

 

 

Helpful songs:

 

Touch the Sky by Hillsong United - https://youtu.be/y1RQciil7B0

 

Arms Wide Open by Misty Edwards - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5o08W3Q0B3U

 

Greater by MercyMe - https://youtu.be/GXI0B4iMLuU

Foundations Messages: (Coming Soon)


Caregivers

Having the role of providing daily care to a loved one who is physically unable to do so many times has an effect that is too often missed by others. The unusual weight of this daily life can affect a person’s outlook such that they may lose hope of any interactions with others and feelings of being alone in their situation. Slow decline in feelings of purpose is a very common psychological characteristic, so lifting their spirit in our words will become an enabler to their well-being. The link at the bottom of this guide titled “5 Things Never to Say to a Caregiver” is an example of how to begin to reverse this sinking feeling.

 

Possible things to pray for:

 

Verses to share: 

“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him” - 1 Timothy 1:12

 

“He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. “  - Isaiah 40:29-31 NLT

 

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” – Matthew 11:28-29 NLT

 

Other Scripture – Romans 8:28, 1 Corinthians 9:26, Matthew 25:40, Lamentations 3:25-26

 

Bible plan:

List on Purpose - https://www.bible.com/search/plans?q=Purpose

Caregiver - https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/17521-caregiver

3 Days of Encouragement for Parents of Children with Disabilities - https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/17125-encouragement-parents-children-with-disabilities

Keeping Love Alive As Memories Fade - https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/3287-keeping-love-alive-as-memories-fade

Other Resources:

What not to say - 5 Things Never to Say to a Caregiver

The Caregiver - http://www.caregiverresourcecenter.com/the_caregiver.htm

Helpful Songs:

I Am Not Alone by Kari Jobe -  https://youtu.be/Ow4OfW4DP9s

Beautiful One by Tim Hughes - https://youtu.be/v9bC9CRv9oU

Nothing is Impossible by Planetshakers - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wm0O_1Xqn5o

Foundations Messages: (Coming Soon)


Marriage Struggles

Struggles in marriage come from a very broad range of circumstances, so starting to find cause or fault with a submitted situation can create more strain in the exchange. Instead praying for them to allow God to bring resolution by knowing the specifics and dealing with the heart at the source is where we find the power of the Holy Spirit that we just won’t have. Showing care and encouragement to help them find reconciliation through strength of forgiveness and unconditional love is what we seek to help them find.

 

Possible things to pray for:

 

Verses to share:

 

Matthew 19:26 NLT - Jesus looked at them intently and said, ‘Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible’.

 

Ephesians 4:2-3 NIV - Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.

 

Hebrews 13:4 NLT - Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery.

 

 

Bible plans:

From This Day Forward - https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/1239-craig-groeschels-from-this-day-forward

Relationship Goals - https://my.bible.com/reading-plans/14186-relationship-goals

Kingdom Marriage - https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/12962-kingdom-marriage

When Marriage Gets Hard - https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/14289-when-marriage-gets-hard 

 

Helpful songs:

How He Loves Us by David Crowder Band- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDSE438XMaQ

Break Every Chain by Will Reagan - https://youtu.be/G7KLHZBI-Qg

Restore by Chris August - https://youtu.be/ECGZz5ScfL8

Foundations Messages: (Coming Soon)


Prep for Marriage

This is such an exciting opportunity to pray for the couple as they prepare to tie the knot! Express excitement as you ask when the big day is and care as you ask what's weighing heavy on them in this season. All the logistics and various details of planning their special day sometimes can distract them from the most important thing - focusing on devoted themselves to each other and surrendering their marriage to God. Celebrate with them and remind them how faithful God can be as we offer our lives daily to Him.

 

There is an incredible book on marriage called From This Day Forward. Give them this link so they can get a copy of they'd like: https://www.amazon.com/This-Day-Forward-Commitments-Fail-Proof/dp/0310333849

 

Possible things to pray for:

 

Verses to share:

 

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

 

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2

 

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Ecclesiastes 4:9

 

So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate. Matthew 19:6

 

Bible plans:

 

Kingdom Marriage - https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/12962-kingdom-marriage 

 

Choosing Marriage - https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/11569-choosing-marriage-7-choices-for-healthy-relations

 

Foundations Messages: (Coming Soon)


Dating Relationships

When praying with people who are dating, it's good to keep encouraging them to put Jesus first in their relationships. It is also important to encourage them to pursue honor, respect and purity. A great thing about Jesus is that he is relational. When many beliefs require rituals and religion, Jesus pursues a relationship of reckless love with us. So when praying for people in dating relationships, challenge them to love and treat one another like Jesus would.

 

Possible things to pray for:

 

Verses to share:

Songs of Solomon 2:7 (NIV) I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or the does of the field, that you not stir up or awaken love until it pleases.

 

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV) Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

 

2 Timothy 2:22 (NIV) So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 (NIV) For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God;

 

James 1:5 (NIV) If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

Proverbs 31:30 (NIV) Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

 

Bible Plans:

The Vow: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/4265

 

Dating In The Modern Age: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/4792-dating-in-the-modern-age

 

Dating with Purpose: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/2780-dating-with-purpose\

 

Dating and Relationships: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/156-dating-and-relationships

 

Dating: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/116-dating

 

 

Helpful Songs:

Forever Yours by Michael W Smith: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWQUD9ISbBo

 

I Will Be Here by Steven Curtis Chapman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1KsGtMZ9HI

 

When Love Comes Home by Matthew West: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoB_Bg4VrmQ

 

Beautiful Love by The Afters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vX9h4PPx41I

Foundations Messages: (Coming Soon)


Singleness

People who are single and/or are choosing to be single, are in need of support. It is easy to wonder what is wrong or ask a lot of ‘why’ questions. God is the author of our stories and His will for us is to give us a hope, and a future. It is important to encourage single people to choose God and His will for them despite cultural rules or voices that say otherwise.

 

Possible things to pray for:

 

Verses to share:

 

Colossians 2:10 (NIV) “And in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.”

 

Psalm 37:4 (NIV) “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

 

Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

 

Hosea 2:19-20 (NIV) “I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion.  I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the Lord.”

 

Song of Solomon 3:5  (NIV) “Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.”

 

Isaiah 54:5  (NIV) “For your Maker is your husband—the Lord Almighty is his name—the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.”

 

John 15:5  (NIV) “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

 

 

Bible Plans:

The Single Life: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/3582

 

Singleness, a Guide for Women: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/4035

 

Choices: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/3214

 

 

Helpful Songs:

Love Song by Hillsong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B67yS0GXT_g

 

God Is by Holly Starr: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xD2hl9q3ROM

Foundations Messages: (Coming Soon)


Salvation Prayer

Seeing people surrender their lives to Christ is one of the greatest joys of serving at Foundations —in fact, it’s why we do what we do! As you serve, you may encounter people who are ready to make this life-changing decision. Check out the guide below for a few tips on leading someone through a salvation prayer.

 

Before Praying

Use Scripture to explain our foundational beliefs on salvation:

       

Praying Together

Emphasize that there is no magical prayer you must pray—it’s more about the condition of your heart. Some important components can be remembered with ABC: Admit that you are a sinner in need of a Savior, Believe that Jesus died for you and rose again, and Commit to live the rest of your life for Him.

Here’s one example:

Heavenly Father, forgive me of all my sins. Make me brand new. I believe Jesus died for me and rose again so I could live for you. Fill me with your Spirit so I could know you, serve you, and follow you the rest of my life. My life is not my own—today I give it to you. Thank you for new life! In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

 

Next Steps

Once someone has made the decision to surrender their life to Jesus, celebrate with them and let them know how excited our community is for them! Then, be sure to encourage them to let us know by filling out this Digital Connect Card:https://connectcard.church/E7o7bBR6SZuSaGfWAN4o so we can get in touch and provide them with some next steps in their new faith.


Unsaved Loved Ones

Having people we love who are not saved can be discouraging and disheartening. People who are in this position are in need of encouragement and a boost in their faith in God. Thankfully, Jesus is the good shepherd. He leaves the ninety-nine and goes for that one who is lost. He is always waiting with open arms and unending grace.

Possible things to pray for:

Verses to share:

Matthew 19:26 (NIV) Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Psalm 9:10 (NIV) Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Luke 15:4b-6 (NIV) Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home.

Bible plans:

I’m Grateful: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/1835-im-grateful

Daily Power: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/9140-daily-power-by-craig-groeschel-fuel-for-your-soul

Pray: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/1554-pray

Helpful songs:

Reckless Love by Bethel: https://youtu.be/etMNCOtxtYc

Tremble by Mosaic: https://youtu.be/SzZZb6RbLJs

Mighty To Save by Hillsong: https://youtu.be/-08YZF87OBQ

I am not Alone by Kari Jobe: https://youtu.be/bfveawSAHJA

Good, Good Father by Chris Tomlin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqybaIesbuA

Foundations Messages: (Coming Soon)