Prayer for December 8: Please pray with me. God of the stressed, today we pray that you would get us through whatever stress we are experiencing. The stress comes in many forms Lord – finals and papers, Christmas preparations, work, emptiness, fighting addictions, war, news, politics, talk of decline. Yet, this is not what your kingdom is about. You promise life abundantly, yet we wallow in lives of just surviving. We hold on to the stress and keep ourselves sinking in it. We tell ourselves we have to. Help us to learn from this stress Lord, do not take it away. Make us uncomfortable enough that we finally listen to you and recognize your turning us to something new. Amen.