Gracious Lord, my joy in life has gone, and with it went my hope and strength. I know these emotions are intertwined because they are all an outcome of trusting You and taking You at Your Word. I have allowed life’s circumstances to choke out my hope and joy in You. I pray to the God of hope. I ask to be filled with all joy and peace so that in believing I may abound in hope by the power of Your Holy Spirit. Amen.