Psalms for Prayer: Day 10

A Prayer for Comfort

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Today's Text: Psalm 23:1-6

Scripture Reading: Psalm 23:1-6

Have you ever had everything you’ve ever wanted, yet still felt unhappy? I have. At the time, I was fully aware that most people would take one look at my life and suggest that I had everything I needed, but somehow it didn’t feel like enough. It wasn’t that I was ungrateful for what I had, I just wanted—longed for—something more, something else.

I will never forget that morning when I woke up, looked around my bedroom and burst into tears. I was married to a wonderful man. I was the mom of four healthy, happy daughters. I had friends and family that loved me, and although our lifestyle was not lavish with shopping sprees and shiny things, we were able to live on a single income—just one of the many answered prayers that had filled that season of my life. And in that moment, right outside my closed bedroom door, I could hear my husband of six years, giggling and enjoying an easy morning with our girls—more answered prayers.

So why was I crying? I felt empty and alone, and I felt guilty about both. Although my tears were streaming from a place of discontent, they were also layered with the guilt from the reality of those feelings. I was ashamed to acknowledge that answered prayers had landed me in one of the most uncomfortable seasons of my life. It seemed as if all I had prayed for was still not enough to fill me up and grant me what I thought it might deliver. It was in this very moment that God reminded me of what I was desperately seeking. It was a void His presence alone could fill.

I wasn’t looking, but He found me. I wasn’t asking, but He gave me more in a moment than I would have ever asked. I was reminded of these words:

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing (Psalm 23:1).

As simple as they are, these words penetrated my soul and began to take up new real estate in my heart. God had answered many of my prayers, yet I’d failed to realize that His promises do not always arrive on smooth paths. But regardless of circumstances, He does promise to provide His comfort the way a good shepherd does—with a little pulling, prodding, and nudging in the direction He knows is best. The shepherd’s presence is everything to his sheep.

In the same way, in God’s presence, we need nothing more, nothing but Him. He provides and protects, and His love fills us up to overflowing. When we look to anyone or anything else but Him, we will always be left unsatisfied and wanting. Our Good Shepherd knows exactly what we need—when to get up and when to lie down and rest. He calls us to turn our focus toward Him, to be reminded that His presence is enough. He alone supplies all the guidance, provision, and comfort we will ever need.

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Wynter Pitts is the founder of For Girls Like You, a resource ministry for both tween girls and their parents. The mother of four girls herself, Wynter’s mission is to empower and equip women of all ages in becoming who God created them to be, and to support parents in raising strong Christ followers. She is the author of several books, including You’re God’s Girl Devotional and She Is Yours: Trusting God As You Raise the Girl He Gave You.  Wynter, her husband Jonathan, and their daughters (ages 7-13) live in Dallas, Texas. Follow her on Instagram @forgirlslikeyou.

  • Candace Steele

    This I totally relate to. Three weeks ago I gave birth to my first child. The joy I thought would come with that and maternity leave is not there. I see that joy in my husband as he loves on our son. This devotional hit me that what I am missing, why my joy is lacking is because if my lack of time with the Lord – a lack of reading his word, journaling about his word an my life, and prayer.

  • Colleen Moody

    He is enough. In this season of being in the valley with illness and uncertainty, HE IS ENOUGH.

  • Alyssa Baker

    He is enough. Need to repeat this over and over.

  • Katelyn Olivier

    This is a prayer that I sometimes pray over my husband while he is at work. He’s working a job that is not ideal and is hoping to go back to school soon…but he has so much fear about it. Fear that he won’t be able to provide enough and study, fear that he won’t be able to keep up with the courses, and fear that he won’t have enough time in the day. However God has been so faithful to us. Out of nowhere his employer gave him a big raise, he’s made some great friends at work, and we have enough savings to start looking at community colleges for him. Thank you Lord that you are providing for us and that you are answering my prayers for my husband. He has given so much for this family, and I know you will provide a way for him to go back to school. You are our Shepherd, thank you Lord.

  • Thank you for this analogy as I have often felt very alone, yet I have everything I need (home, job, loving family). When I feel that way, I stop and consider who am I turning to when I feel so alone? I tend to turn to myself rather than to God, but it never satisfies. When I bring it before God, I am humbled and again realize that God is all I need and He will satisfy my every loneliness with HIs presence.

  • Monica Davis

    The good shepherd knows

  • I woke up feeling the opposite of this strangely- I have nothing I really want or the world says is of value. I’m at the end of my 20s with no savings, relationship, children and an unglamorous job and old car. No one would ever want my life and all I want is out of reach. Yet I’m claiming today that with Jesus, every life is beautiful. It’s a good reminder that getting all I want could just lead to that emptiness of soul that only Jesus can fill. The emptiness of my life has pushed me back to him for years, even when I didn’t want Him but wanted a prosperous life now. My want for more blinds me to the sweet reality we have now with Him.

    • Lenore Longley

      My situation is somewhat similar to yours but I pray that we never give up hope and continue to trust in God’s word for he ALWAYS comes through

    • Emily M.

      My situation is similar as well… I am embarrassed to admit that it never occurred to me that all those things (husband, kids, happily ever after) wouldn’t make me happy, but it’s true. Without Jesus I would still feel empty

  • Oh how it’s all about perspective!

  • Kami Mauldin

    Oh how my cup is overflowing. It’s easy to miss it. In the midst of school, work, being wife and mama—I can barely juggle all that/I don’t really juggle it well at all—and yet I know God will continue to comfort me and remain by my side. This is good stuff, we just need to be reminded more often.

  • Emilianne

    I can totally relate, Kate. This devotional applies to my life as well. I am also a wife and mother and I longed for that for such a long time! My husband and daughter are the greatest gifts on this earth! But I found myself very lonely and the more I am growing in my relationship with God, the more I realize that He is the only one that is able to fill my voids! He is the one I long for!

  • Kate Welfing

    I’ve found, now that I’m finally a wife and mother, that it’s led to a lot of changes. I’ve got all I’ve ever wanted for my family…but I’m incredibly lonely as the two closest friends I’ve had for years have slowly grown apart.

    And, here I sit with all I’ve ever longed for, and yet I’m sad that I’m lonely with no friends to share it with.

    This prayer today makes me cry for the hurt I have but grateful that my husband and my children are such gifts from God.

    • Erin Richard

      I feel the same way, Kate. Praying for you!

      • Gracie Nuñez

        I’ve had a similar transition since being married! I get so busy that I don’t reach out to friends, and then am sad when they don’t reach out to me. I wonder if from the outside, our friends think we’ve moved on and don’t need them anymore? Something to think and pray about :)

    • Melanie

      I feel this, too, Kate! Praying that the Spirit will be near you and become your closest friend <3 you're loved!

  • Really needed this today. I have a huge test tomorrow that determines my whole career path. Comfort is what I need most. Please Pray for me.

  • Amanda Montgomery

    Over the last year, I became anxious about my lack of closeness to the Lord, even though I have been a solid believer for over 20 years. I became overwhelmed with needing to know more about His Word, His Church, apologetics, prayer and so much more. But the one thing that the Lord kept bringing me back to was just seeking His presence. I kept hearing from people like Beth Moore and Jennie Allen (and many more amazing women in ministry) that HE is the prize, not the knowledge about the Church, wisdom about His Word or prayer. He is the prize. His presence is the prize. Through His presence all other things come and come abundantly. This psalm and Wynter’s commentary speak to what happens with seeking and finding His presence. The answer is–everything we want and need.

  • Angela G

    What I needs to read.
    I woke up this morning with a text about a HUGE mistake that was just NOW caught at work. A big mistakes that will cost us a lot of time and money in addition to the thousands I was so angry and so frustrated. “NOTHING today will make this right!”
    Reading this brought me back to my days in kindergarten when I had to memorize this. I was brought to tears.
    “Lord, how could I have forgotten that you comfort me? YOU know what’s best for me! YOU are there to restore my soul!”
    There is something good about the day, My Lord is there watching me and taking care of me.

  • Amy Alexandra

    While following the cross-references in my Bible for this psalm, I came across this verse:
    “Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might, and His arm rules for Him; behold, His reward is with Him, and His recompense before Him. He will tend His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs in His arms; He will carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.” (Isaiah 40:10-11)

    How amazing, how incomprehensible, how mind-boggling that the God who “comes with might,” who sustains the world, who will one day deliver judgment with the power of His word, is the same God who carries us in His bosom! What a great God who is both mighty and tender, both holy and loving, both awe-inspiring and the One in whose presence we are always welcome. I’m reminded of a verse we read last week: “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable.” (Psalm 145:3). My words feel so insufficient to describe how wonderful He is, and I think even eternity will not be long enough to finish praising Him for all that He is and all that He has done.

  • Nancy Benak

    Beautiful reminder today that HE is our everything

  • What a beautiful reminder that God is the only one who can fill me up! As I am currently living in a transitional time between graduating college and beginning Grad school, my heart is unsettled and dissatisfied. God is doing amazing things in my life, but when I am focused on the gifts rather than the giver, nothing fills the void within me. May we all focus on the Lord, and watch our hearts transform with each new day

    • Amanda Montgomery

      Yes! HE is the prize. Just worship Him, Anna, and let His presence give you everything you want and need.

  • Taco Andres

    I needed this ❤️

  • Churchmouse

    The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. He provides what is best though I might not agree at the time. What He provides is enough though I might not agree about that either. The challenge is to be content. The challenge is to trust. The Lord is my shepherd. Help me Lord to be content in Your sheepfold. Amen.

  • Jade Huhta

    It’s a big wake up call today! I get in those “I want more” “there’s gotta be more out there for me” spells! It’s overwhelming that our God is our more and it’s right in front of us! We have our more all the time!

  • Jasmine R

    What a great reminder today and everyday ❤️

  • charlie woodruff

    this devotion-oh my soul! Thank you Lord!

  • Sarah D.

    Still doesn’t feel real, that my brother’s wife left him. I hate that the devil does this to so many. I can’t help but think how my brother is feeling right now and how he has been feeling for the past couple months. It hurts my heart so much. Doesn’t feel real. But I’m trying to come back to the Lord each time my mind goes into that dark area. Praying Psalm 23 today over my brother and his wife and me and my family. Praying that I will focus on the Lord and have strength to finish out my second semester of college strong. You are with me Lord. You are with me. I will fear no evil. You are with me. You are with us. Help us cling to you constantly every second of every day. You never fail. You never stop loving us. You never give up on us.

    • Gina Glennon

      Nothing can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:35-39

  • Psalm 23 is exactly what I needed today. Especially verse 4. “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me”. I am facing a dark valley but this Psalm brought me so much comfort this morning. I went to court yesterday and though some and most went to my favor there was still some on answered major questions that did not get addressed. I’m going to try to figure out or find out.

    • Churchmouse

      Daily prayers for you and your family, Mari. Praying for answers and guidance. Praying you lean on His Light while you both walk through this dark valley. You are not alone. He is right there. Hugging you from here, friend.

    • Lori

      Mari, as I read the psalm, verse 4 is also what struck me. I was just served papers for a civil suit , from an employee we let go last year. Thankfully, yesterday when I asked God to not leave me alone, He responded, “Stay in my word, daughter”…. so I did… and when the paperwork was served….I had to actually laugh a bit….(the employee has tried 2 other times to legally damage me in the last year) As I discussed the issue with my HR manager, I was prompted to pray for x employee. she has to be in a place of bitterness and darkness herself. God has been telling me often, to pray for those who curse me. l

  • Ann Duncan

    Exactly what I needed today, thank you so much for posting. God’s timing is so perfect and I love how he uses the body to minister his love to the body!

  • Danielle

    I love this time we’ve spent in the Psalms.. Psalm 23, as cliche as it is, is one of my favorites and even after reading it probably hundreds of times in my life, I’m still completely in awe of the magnitude of promise found in it. I love that it’s simple yet profound. Let us all rest in knowing He will guide us, He is with us, and His love with follow us all the days of our lives!

  • Wish I could count the number of times I say WOW to these scriptures and writings!!!! WOW— just WOW

  • Michelle Martin

    Recently I finished a study in Tony Evan’s Kingdom Woman book. There seems to be a strong connection between living as a kingdom woman here and now, as we pray for the Lord’s kingdom to come and will be done, and verse 6 of this psalm. “Goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord as long as I live.” Thanks be to God that he allows us to dwell in his house, presence, and kingdom here and now as we go about our daily lives.

  • Funso Ajigbo

    I need this reminder everyday. In the season of abundance, of lack and the in between, He is my Shepherd!

  • Christina

    I have so been in that place of discontentment without a cause. A period of depression that defied circumstances. And I wondered what was wrong with me. It was out of the underlying knowledge that the Spirit Himself had to work into my conscious heart that I simply continued doing what I knew had to be done, the ministry that the Lord had given me whether things were going well or not. I felt hopeless, but I had to believe He had a purpose, and while things at home were not done as well as I would have hoped, by His grace, I persevered. He gets all the glory. He sustained me in the presence of my very real enemy: my own mind. That internal enemy has always been much more spiritually lethal than any external enemy ever has. Maybe the most remarkable portion of this passage is the line that says, “your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (v. 4) I think of those as disciplinary tools, not tools of comfort. Yet, experiencing His righting of my path, His smart knock addressing my mental straying is more comforting than any empty positive self talk in the midst of those depressive episodes. To address pain with Truth, even though difficult, and to trust Him in that pain is the surest way to not just break free from it, but to experience Him deeply.

  • Praying for you today, Kelly. I am a high school Special Education Teacher and my 24 year old daughter experienced a Traumatic Brain Injury just over a year ago. I have a little idea of what you are experiencing. Praying for strength and wisdom for you. Can your husband be accountable to someone else for his exercises? I know for my daughter it worked best when she was in therapy and accountable to the therapist or now she is going to get a personal trainer. Just a thought.

  • Kelly Chataine

    Some may know that my husband fell and experienced a Traumatic Brain Injury almost seven months ago. He has insisted that I return to work. I am a high school Special Education Teacher. Now, I am thoroughly tired and overwhelmed. Working full-time with all the needs that come to me in my position and being in charge of everything: housework, food storage, food prep, laundry, shopping, our vehicle, mowing, weeding, trimming, scheduling appointments for him, phone calls, finances and more. On top of all that, he isn’t doing his exercises while I am gone. He sits and stares at the tv. So, I directly stated that I need him to complete his activities, to do the work to get better when I am gone, and that is how he would help me most. There is nothing more defeating than to work from before 6 am and drop into bed after nine knowing that he didn’t do his work. I have a lot of wants, and I definitely need those green pastures and still waters. Please pray!

    • Beverly

      Kelly, I am praying for you and that God give you wisdom and respite in this season of life.

    • Susan

      I will be praying for you and know that God sees you in your tireless work both out of the home and in! “All we are asked to do is our part and He does the rest. In our weakness, He is our strength.” (from the Bible Study- Gideon, by Priscilla Shirer)

    • Joy

      Kelly, my heart goes out to you. I have been in this same situation. Ten years after my husband’s injury I can tell you that life will never be what it was prior to the fall but it will get better than what it is now. There were times when I hung on to my faith just by a thin thread but God never abandoned me. Often it was his promises in the Psalms that got me through to another day. I’m praying for you, Sister.

    • Lori

      Kelly, I will be praying for you and your husband.

  • Jessica McCreary

    This is a great reminder of how amazing God is!!! ❤️

  • This psalm and the accompanying message spoke straight to my heart. I recently relocated with my family from the suburbs of North Carolina to New York City, and to say I’m out of my comfort zone is an understatement. I feel ashamed of how hard it has been, despite God answering all of my prayers. Today I was reminded, clearly and gently, that what I need is simply God’s presence…and to be AWARE of that presence as I seek Him out. Thank you for your timely words.

  • Kristine Loughman

    He restores my soul… this was just what I needed to hear after a cranky night with two exhausted daughters while husband travels and I’m up to my eyeballs with end of the school year stuff. Ah… restore my soul. Put me back together. Fill me up. Let me start anew.

  • Elizabeth Alyse

    I’ve always read this prayer to feel secure and protected. This was a great new perspective!

  • Gema Muniz

    Amen! I love this. Is amazing how we can have so much yet not feel fully content. I have learned with time that We need to constantly remind ourselves to have a grateful attitude. I myself struggle with this very often and many times find myself complaining about what I don’t have and don’t remember to be thankful for the what I do have. I pray for me to stop focusing on what I think I need and enjoy what has been given to me. Have a blessed day sisters.

  • Terrisa Stewart

    I am reminded to be careful for what I pray that is of this world or that will give me temporary joy. Praying for contentment has been my theme since 2017, because I am aware that answered prayers may not be the answers I truly seek and need.

  • Camila Vasquez

    I feel the same way❤️

  • Tochi Heredia

    Wow, Wynter. You just described my past week.

    I live in the city I always wanted to live in. I have a nice job. I have a lovely home, shared with lovely people that love, challenge and encourage me. I go to a Biblical church and have been blessed with wonderful fellowship.
    Yet it’s still not enough.

    I was telling my mum last week that I wanted to go home. She said to me, ‘It will be good at first, until that’s not enough.’ In that moment, I couldn’t grasp what she meant, I didn’t understand my tears, frustrations and emptiness. Now I know: only the Lord’s presence is enough.

    Wow, Lord. Thank you. Just thank you.

  • Psalm 23 is one of my favourites… and one I learned early on in my life … Though never really taking seriously to heart what treasures it holds, what truth it provides, what comfort it gives ….
    When in a period of 18 months I had lost my 2 best friends, I was lost tears would roll down my face all day … I would break into uncontrollable sobbing at the mention of names … my poor children had to see this blabbering wreck daily…
    I made a conscious decision not to cry in front of them, so would go to my room when I felt a sadness or an ache in my heart.
    One day my youngest came home to find me in my room a wreck from crying.. after hugging me he told me to stay where I was and that he’d be back in a minute.. he returned some minutes later.. with a cup of tea, worship music playing in the background… He sat next to me , picked up my bible and handed it to me.. I told him I was mad at God and didn’t want to look at my bible..
    He held my hand this 14 year old boy and said to me.. okay let’s say that psalm you are always saying to us… and he began to lead me in the words he had heard over the years ..
    ‘..The Lord is my Shepherd …i shall not want…
    He restores my soul… ‘
    Psalm 23 took on a new meaning that day..
    I have never looked back, thankful that though that was the only psalm I knew when my children were young, in that hour that moment, in that hour of broken my 14 year old, non christian son reminded me of the One who covers it all.. who had and has been my comfort in my times of need..
    ..’thou prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies..
    My cup overflows…
    Surely Your goodness and mercy shall follow me, all the days of my life,
    Thank you Lord
    For I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever…

    I love this.

    Thank you Lord God.

    Amen..

    Happy Wednesday my sister’s across the many ponds… every blessing…

    • MARTHA

      ❤️

    • Juliet

      This made me tear up!! His word never returns void and we are always planting seeds while we parent! So beautiful that your son was used to love on you in such a meaningful way❤️

    • Melanie

      my heart is so touched by this. ❤️

  • It’s Amazing to always know and be reminded through today’s reading that “God is my Shepherd and I lack nothing”. I need nothing more but more of God.
    I especially love verse 6 of Psalm 23 MSG version
    “Your beauty and love chase after me
    every day of my life.
    I’m back home in the house of God
    for the rest of my life”.

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