Prayer for Good News When You’re Sad

Beloved, do you need good news today? Do you need something good to happen after a week of disappointment and disillusionment? If so, pray this prayer for good news and believe the Lord to show you a sign for good.

To be transparent, you are not alone if you need good news today.

My life is not easy, and I’ve had a particularly difficult week–and, to be real, a difficult time for quite a while. I’m a “feeler,” too, so when things are hard it takes me a lot of time in the presence of God, in prayer, and in the Word in order to maintain any semblance of emotional stability.

But I was reading Psalm 119 this morning, and I came across a verse that really spoke to me. It was Psalm 119:41, which says:

“Let Your mercies come also to me, O Lord—Your salvation according to Your word” (Psalm 119:41 NKJV).

One of the things that really encourages me when I’m sad is to receive good news.

When life is tough, but you get that phone call that says something good just happened …

Or when a burden suddenly gets taken away …

When unspeakable stress suddenly resolves …

When something you’ve been praying for suddenly breaks through …

Those “suddenlies of God” make all the difference in the world when you’re having a hard week, month, or year, you know?

So I was praying this morning about all that concerns me, and I prayed for good news to come today.

This is a perfectly legitimate prayer. It is a prayer we can pray with confidence! After all, even David–a man after God’s own heart–prayed this prayer in Psalm 86:16-17:

“Oh, turn to me, and have mercy on me! Give Your strength to Your servant, and save the son of Your maidservant. Show me a sign for good, that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed, because You, Lord, have helped me and comforted me” (Psalm 86:16-17).

You don’t even have to be dealing with spiritual warfare in order to pray this prayer.

Remember that without Jesus we can do nothing; we have nothing in the flesh. We have no strength of our own; we cannot even keep ourselves alive. Jesus Christ Himself upholds all things by the word of His power, and in Him all things consist.

As it says in Hebrews 1:1-4:

“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son,

whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, 

when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they” (Hebrews 1:1-4 NKJV, emphasis mine).

And as the Bible also teaches us in Colossians 1:16-17:

“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers.

All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist” (Colossians 1:16-17 NKJV, emphasis mine).

“In Him all things consist” means that He personally holds all things together.

Friend, we cannot even hold the atoms, protons, neutrons, electrons, and cells of our bodies together. Jesus does that for us; we literally have no existence outside of Him. Therefore, is it any wonder that we need His help?

God is mindful that we are but dust. As Holy Spirit teaches us in Psalm 103:14:

“For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust” (Psalm 103:14 NKJV).

It’s clear, my friend, that it is perfectly reasonable and legitimate to pray for good news.

If we cannot give ourselves life; if we cannot even hold our own cells together; if we cannot care for ourselves and we are made of dust, completely dependent on God’s mercy and care to sustain us and to let us see another breath …

Then isn’t it reasonable to ask our good, kind, gracious Heavenly Father to send us the encouragement we need?

Isn’t it reasonable to ask Him to bless us? To cry out to Him for His mercy, which holds us up and sustains us each and every day?

Or course it is.

I love the simple prayer for mercy and help that Jabez prayed.

First Chronicles 4:9-10 records this man’s prayer:

“Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying,

“Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested” (1 Chronicles 4:9-10 NKJV).

The prayer of Jabez was a cry for mercy.

It was a cry for help and blessing. It was the utterly dependent cry of a man who knew he had nothing and no one outside of God.

Even Jabez’ mother had cursed him, naming him “sorrowful” or “borne in pain!” Jabez appears to have had no one on his side; no one in his corner; no one advocating for him.

Sometimes you and me might feel that way too. But beloved, even if you do feel utterly bereft and alone today …

Discouraged and sad …

Fighting for emotional stability …

Keep your eyes on Jesus. Hide yourself in Him, and ask Him to send you the help, blessing, and encouragement that you need.

Pray this prayer for good news with me today:

“Dear Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ name.

Father God, thank You for hearing me pray today. Thank You that Jesus is alive, and that He ever lives to make intercession for me. Thank You for saving me, and for sending Your Holy Spirit to live inside me. Thank You that You are my Glory and the Lifter of my head. I praise You for who You are, Lord.

Father God, You know that I’ve been fighting despair, disillusionment, and hopelessness lately. I’ve spent time with You in Your Word and prayer, asking You to help me set my mind and keep it set on Jesus. You are helping me, Father, and You’re sustaining me moment by moment. Thank You.

But Father, I’m going to be transparent with You as I should be, for You already know everything about me.

Father, I long for blessing in a new and greater way. Today, even today, I need Your encouragement desperately.

I don’t want to lift my soul to an idol and let my joy or peace be dependent on outward circumstances; that would not please You. That would be idolatry; that would place things and circumstances above You in my life, and I cannot do that. I choose to abide in Jesus, and You will maintain my peace, Father; for You ARE my Peace.

But Father, I need hope, help, and encouragement today. I need good news; I am ready for something good to happen today, after days and weeks and months and years of HARD.

I know Jesus said that in this world we will have tribulations, but to be of good cheer, for He has overcome the world. I am trying to be of good cheer (but please help me).

But even amidst all my trying, Father, I am crying out for mercy.

Please, Abba, in the name of Jesus, I ask:

  • Let the miracles I have been praying for manifest today.
  • Let the breakthroughs for which I have been fasting and contending happen today.
  • Send me good news today, I pray, in Jesus’ name!
  • Show me a sign for good TODAY.
  • Instead of letting me be like the windshield for the bugs of life, please rise up and defend me and push back the enemy on my behalf, showing me to be the victor and the more than a conqueror that Your Word says I am.

Abba Father, I am truly desperate.

These things are not a surprise to You, Lord. Please, relieve the stress and agony I have been under–and do it today:

  • Let miracles, signs, and wonders break out on my behalf today.
  • Send me my helpers today.
  • Let Your angels minister to me and strengthen me.
  • Fill me with Your dunamis power, and show me a sign for good.

Let Your mercy come to me today, Holy Abba Father.

Send me good news on every side, and help me to rejoice always, to pray without ceasing, and to stand firm in faith as I wait on You.

Strengthen my heart today with Your good news, I ask, in Jesus’ name. Thank You for hearing my prayer of simple childlike faith. I give You all the glory, honor, and praise.

In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.”

Beloved, did you pray this prayer for good news today? If so, leave a comment below and verbalize your agreement and faith in God who does all things well.

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42 Comments

  1. Thank you Jamie and THANK YOU GOD 🥇❤️❤️❤️

    1. Ayodeji Akinola Arnold says:

      I thank God for the opportunity to say this prayers,I was at verge of giving up on God, because nothing seems to be working for me,I trust God in totality to give me good news today in Jesus name. I desperately need a car and money for my expired house rent.

      1. I too need a car and a home… but God is good and ‘NO good thing will he with hold from those who love Him’… never stop believing… cause He never stops believing in us… I pray for you… I know how hard it is…

    2. Thank you Jamie I needed this prayer today. Some good new trails are coming to me one after another but I am holding on in Jesus Name. I needed this word. Thank again. Amen!

    3. Thanks again for sharing Jamie and Happy belated birthday wishes. Yes, this is a wonderful prayer and I look forward to hearing and seeing good news from my Heavenly Father amen.

    4. Elvira B Garcia says:

      I’m in agreement that I will receive good news for my prayers will be answered in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. Prayers for salvation for my son, Justin R Garcia. Deliver him from the drug addiction and mental illness.

    5. Richard sarfo ri says:

      Thank you pastor for this great answered prayer request I just prayed,I feel in my spirit I received the answers of these prayers,
      I thank Abba for your life through internet I knew you may Abba continue use use you for others.

  2. I needed this today for a few days I have been feeling like God has forgotten me even though I know thats not true, this prayer has lifted my spirits and my hope thankyou Abba Father

    1. Thank you Jamie what a blessing much needed. God Bless You

  3. Solome Lumala says:

    Awesome.
    I need some good news.

  4. LaTrina Steele says:

    GOOD MORNING JAMIE. HOW ARE YOU? THAT WAS NOTHING BUT A WORD FROM GOD THROUGH YOU. THANK YOU FOR BEING TRANSPARENT AS YOU ALWAYS ARE. I TOUCH AND AGREE WITH YOU THIS DAY. I ASK GOD TO MAKE HIS CHILDREN WALKING DISPLAYS OF HIS MIRACLES, SIGNS, WONDERS, AND UNUSUAL BLESSING/ FAVOR TODAY!!!!!!!!! IN JESUS NAME

  5. I really need good news on the home front. It came just at the right time.

  6. Thank you! The past few days have been discouraging – this prayer came in just the right time! Blessings to you!

  7. I prayed. My husband and kids have been so hurtful lately that I feel like walking away from them entirely. I need something big and lasting to turn it around.

  8. Thank You for writing this prayer through Jamie, Father God. Now I ask You to bless her abundantly and encourage her today in her life and ministry. AMEN!

  9. Thank you Abba! I cant wait to see what today brings! 🙌🙌

  10. Oh how I needed this today. Things have been sooooo hard for so long and I was losing hope. And the naysayers get louder every time something takes longer than we expect or people don’t do what they expect. Hold tight to the faith you have…he is faithful who promised!
    Thanks for the reminder that Abba already knows what is on our minds and it is okay to express it. He is already in the answer to our deepest needs and he knows the desires of our hearts. Apart from him, we can do Nothing!

    1. I love you so so much, Lisa. Hold on is right. Praying for you and for your whole family.
      Love,
      Jamie

      1. I stand in agreement with you Jamie on this prayer of good news for our lives today. And I Thank God for answering it by his mercy. Amen

  11. Thank you Abba Father, today I claim victory, blessings, miracle s and my answered prayers, the financial breakthrough I have praying for everyday, I claim, declare and recieved it today . I know you will provide for me today . Thank you so much Lord.

  12. Stephanie Brown says:

    Thank you Abba father for using Jamie to show us your goodness and mercy. We love you father and we all stand in agreement for blessings and breakthroughs in Jesus mighty name Amen🙏 God we ask that you continue to bless Jamie and her ministry Amen

  13. Barbara Young says:

    Yes, I read and prayed this beautiful and needed prayer. It’s what I need today for myself, children and grandchildren as well as my loved ones. But I really need good news and for Jesus to hold me, encourage and send me GOOD NEWS. I need helpers, signs, wonders, healing. Also me and my grandson need a home and a car to do more effective ministry of the Lord’s will.

    Thank you and your team for all the emails they are very encouraging to me and my family.

  14. Amen and Amen to this beautiful prayer. Thank you so much dear Jamie for the thought. I badly needed this prayer and I trust that the good news shall come my way and thereafter, I shall testify of God’s goodness.

  15. Dawna Kerr says:

    Thank you Jamie for sharing this prayer that our Lord Jesus Christ have blessed you with today. I needed to hear this. It has given me hope built my faith and lift my spirits. Thank you for sharing.

  16. Thanking God for all He does and is… Amen 💛

  17. Hi Jamie, I just read your prayer for good news and I truly thank you for it as well as your honesty and transparency. I know God was speaking to me through you.
    You see this morning, I was feeling desperate, suicidal, and unable to face another day of pain and disappointment. I asked God for a sign that He understood the depth of my desperation & was for me and then I read your post. What’s amazing is that my phone has been acting up for the past 4 days and I haven’t been able to read any of my emails until today, miraculously.
    I sincerely thank you Jamie. I want you to know that my husband and I faithfully pray for you, your family, your ministry, health, and finances.

    May God richly bless you!

  18. IRMA NORTJE says:

    Amen thank you God, we went through a sad week, I come in agreement with this prayer for good news, resolutions, help, miracles, breakthrough, grace. Be blessed beloved Ps Jamie

  19. Morris Munene says:

    Hoping for good news and a breakthrough. I will keep holding on to God’s promises…Thank you for this prayer.

  20. Iva Leacock says:

    Thank you Jamie, you are blessed.
    This I really need right now, in Jesus name.
    I am going on a job interview today and over-the-counter coming weeks.
    I have not worked since December 25th 2020.
    I’m only seeking part time employment, nothing too physical.
    Bless you Jamie.

  21. Tim The Redeemed says:

    Amen. Thank you Abba, Father, you who listens and answers our prayers! All flesh shall turn to you for goodness and mercy.

  22. Andre Insan-Muhammad says:

    Ms. Jaime….
    I thank Almighty GOD for the anointing he’s place in and on you too preach his gospel to all the nations. I thank GOD Almighty for reminding me of the continuous care he’s bestowed on me/us since seeing us in eternity before placing us in our mothers wombs. It is an awesome amazing gift of favor and grace to be reminded that Almighty GOD is always about Good News! Ase’

  23. Thank you Jamie for this encouraging word. I am in a financial depression right now, I have no one to turn to but only Abba my Heavenly Father. I have cried to him day and night. I am depending on him and no one else. Sometimes I feel so sad that I just feel I should be dead and all my worries would be gone! But who am I leaving the burdens for my children? Life seems downstream every single day. I have family a brother and cousin who could help in my crisis and none of them comes forward. I pray that God would send me a financial Breakthrough to assist in my situation. I know that I am fighting a lot of witchcraft in my neighbourhood. They are jealous of me. I pray that Abba my Heavenly Father the God that you Jamie serve would turn to I Ava and have mercy on I Ava, Give Your strength to Your servant and save the son of Your maidservant. Show I Ava a sign for good, that those who hate I Ava may see it and be ashamed, because You, Lord, have helped I Ava and comforted I Ava. Psalms 86:16-17 this I pray in Jesus name and through Jesus Christ Our Lord and Saviour Amen

  24. Hi Jamie, it’s amazing how the right prayer arrives at the right moment. Just this morning I felt that as much as I love God and His Son, our savior, Jesus, and pray unendingly for breakthrough, nothing is happening. I felt as if I have been heard but forgotten. This prayer has lifted my spirits out of that mindset and set me back on the real path of God’s word. His blessings are a daily feature in our lives and we forget that all the time. I agree in prayer with you, and I know that I have been heard and requests that are prayed for are being answered as I write.Thank you for bringing this reality to me, yourself, and I’m sure to many people who also agree with you. It’s always lovely to read the God inspired prayers that you post for us. Stay blessed in the love of Jesus.

  25. Pamela Stuart says:

    Thank you Jamie for sharing this pray when things gets overwhelming I find it difficult to find the words to pray so I thank you and thank God for you, may father God continue to bless you in Jesus name

  26. This word is so timely! I LITERALLY NEEDED TO HEAR THIS TODAY BECAUSE OF ALL THAT IM GOING THROUGH, BUT GOD! I COME IN TOTAL AGREEMENT FOR MYSELF AND HOUSEHOLD AND FAMILY MEMBERS! THANK YOU WOMAN IF GOD FOR ALLOWING HOLY SPIRIT TO WORK THROUGH YOU! BLESSINGS AFTER BLESSINGS ON YOU, YOUR FAMILY AND MINISTRY IN JESUS NAME AMEN!

  27. IRMA NORTJE says:

    AMEN Thank you Lord, thank you Ps Jamie. help me and my household and family in Jesus name.

  28. I needed this prayer being feeling like God has forgotten me, which of course he hasn’t, I just haven’t seen any manifestation of his promises so of course I went into pity mode. Thankyou Jamie for helping to lift my spirits with this powerful prayer be blessed

  29. I have prayed and I believe that God is going to do something new before the end of the day. Thank you Jamie and may Almighty God continue to use you. Amen.

  30. this is so good. There is one piece of good news I am crying out for, ad I pray that I may hear it today. I know God is able to help me.
    Thank you so much for this prayer. God bless you.

  31. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you for thus prayer. I come into agreement that God will give me good news as he ansmy prayers.

  32. Richard sarfo says:

    Thank you pastor for this great answered prayer request I just prayed,I feel in my spirit I received the answers of these prayers,
    I thank Abba for your life through internet I knew you may Abba continue use use you for others.

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