A Prayer against Negative Self-Talk 

by: Kyra Daniels

Dear Father,

You are the God of light. Radiant love, so brilliant, shines from You. You are the God of truth. There is never a lie on Your tongue, and You give Your people understanding and insight. You are a strong tower. You protect a city from ruin, and Your strength is a refuge in times of need. You are compassionate. Like a mother who cares for her sad child, God, You care for the broken.Though You are infinite, and Your existence is beyond measure and time, You make yourself known. You offer Yourself as the way to overcome life’s hardship. You are so wonderful.

Lord, I confess to You my weakness. There is a war in my head, and I am suffering. Negative thoughts rise up on their chariots and charge toward me. They attack my self-worth and identity. I am defenseless against their hunt. Darkness overtakes my mind, like gray clouds overtaking a sky before a storm. They chain me to guilt and shame. I can’t get over how dirty I am, how my very presence brings problems for my family, and how I keep failing in my pursuits.

I can sense Satan and his minions. They continuously drag me to a courtroom and lay out crimes before me. False accusations? I cannot tell. Truth blurs with fiction, and I cannot discern what is right on my own.

Please, help me cling to Jesus Christ, Your Son who has rescued Your people from their attackers. Silence the condemning thoughts in my head. I know Jesus is my defender. By His saving work, He toppled evil powers in the unseen realms. He crushed the head of Satan in battle. He broke the chains to darkness. I ask that You raise me into Your light. Remind me of the truth of the gospel and who I am in You; You say that I am Your child (John 1:12) and that there is no condemnation for those who place their faith in Christ (Romans 8:1). You say that my faith can counter the flaming arrows of evil (Ephesians 6:16) and that I will not be overcome (Romans 12:21). As Philippians 4:8 says, help me to dwell on whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, whatever is ​of moral excellence, and whatever is praiseworthy. Help me to dwell on Jesus, my Savior and my Deliverer.

I thank You, Lord, for not leaving me to my thoughts. You are more kind to me than I am to myself. Your words are stronger than those of the enemy. Thank you for choosing me as the recipient of Your love, light, truth, protection, and compassion. I thank You for blessing me abundantly. Thank you for sending Jesus Christ to save me. Through Him, I can have hope that the present weight won’t last long. In light of eternity in Your presence, these are only momentary afflictions. Soon will be the day when my thoughts will completely glorify You and be in awe of Your wonder.

In Jesus’s name,