If I never lay my cross down


Come to me, all of you who are weary
and carry heavy burdens,
and I will give you rest
(Matthew 11:28; NLT).

Father,

If I never lay my cross down,
If I never pause to rest,
If I never try to pray:
I’ll never bear each test.

If I never stop to listen,
If I never care to seek,
If I never wait on you:
I’ll never hear you speak. 

If I never ask forgiveness,
If I never feel remorse,
If I never start afresh:
I’ll never stay the course. 

If I never spread your Gospel,
If I never praise your grace,
If I never worship you:
I’ll never see your face.

If I never share your body,
If I never taste your blood,
If I never strive to follow Christ:
I’ll never know your love.

Those who wish to boast should boast in this alone:
that they truly know me
and understand that I am the Lord,
who demonstrates unfailing love
(Jeremiah 9:24; NLT).

Brought to a standstill (for S. & A. K.)

Yea, though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me
(Psalm 23:4; KJV).

1. Brought to a standstill.
Forced to rest:
The Lord will help you
Through this test.

2. Sharing all your pain
And fear:
His Son is with you,
Ever near.

3. He knows your weakness;
Hears your cries:
His Spirit prays for you
With sighs.

4. Protecting you
Beneath his wing:
Our God bears all
Your suffering.


References

1. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world (John 16:33; NLT).

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand (Isaiah 41:10; NLT).

2. In all their suffering he also suffered, and he personally rescued them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them. He lifted them up and carried them through all the years (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20; NLT).

3. The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; RSV).

4. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armour and protection (Psalm 91:4; NLT).

Blessed be the Lord! Day after day he bears our burdens; God is our salvation (Psalm 68:19; CSB). 

When you give me light (for A.K.)

I send good times and bad times.
I, the Lord,
am the one who does these things
(Isaiah 45:7; NLT).

The Lord gave me what I had,
and the Lord has taken it away.
Praise the name of the Lord
(Job 1:21; NLT).

Father,
When you give me light
I praise your holy name.

When you send me
Clouds and darkness,
May I do the same. 

Father,
When you grant me peace
I bless your sacred name.

When you send me
Fear and anguish,
May I do the same.

Father,
When you give me joy
I praise your holy name.

When you send me
Grief and sorrow,
May I do the same.

Father,
When you grant me health
I bless your sacred name.

When you send me
Pain and sickness,
May I do the same.

Father,
While you give me life
I’ll praise your holy name.

When you call me home
In death,
May I do just the same.

I will praise the Lord at all times
(Psalm 34:1; NLT).

The best prayer

For God alone, O my soul,
wait in silence (Psalm 62:5; ESV).

The best prayer
Is wordless:
We wait upon God.

The best prayer
Is simple:
We pour out our hearts.

The best prayer
Is honest:
For he will forgive. 

The best prayer
Is constant:
As long as we live. 

Pray continually
(1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

My heart

Shout to God with joyful praise!
(Psalm 47:1; NLT).

When my heart is full of joy,
May I praise you, Lord, my Friend.

When my heart is full of pain,
May I welcome all you send.

When my heart is full of fear,
May I trust your staff and rod.

When my heart is full of love,
May I worship you, my God.

You must worship the Lord your God
(Matthew 4:10; NLT).

You love me x

We love him,
because he first loved us
(1 John 4:19; KJV).

Lord,

1. You love me, and I love you –
Every word you speak is true.

2. You’re with me, and I’m with you –
In all I feel, think, say, and do.

3. You dwell in me, and I in you –
Timeless, changeless, ever new.

4. I live through you, and you through me –
Your only Son has set me free.

5. I am yours, and you are mine –
In life, in death, and for all time.

6. I’m one with you, and you with me –
Together, for eternity.


References

1. He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

2. The Lord is always with me (Psalm 16:8; NLT).

I am always with you (Psalm 73:23; NIV)

3. He that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him (1 John 4:16; AKJV).

4. There is one […] God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5; NLT).

God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him (1 John 4:9; ESV).

5. I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine (Song of Songs 6:3; NLT).

6. God is love. If we keep on loving others, we will stay one in our hearts with God, and he will stay one with us (1 John 4:16; CEV).

Temptation (#2 of 2 linked prayers)

Hear my plea (Psalm 28:2; NET).

Father God, in sickness,
Jesus, in dismay,
Spirit, in temptation:
Hear my plea.

Father God, in sorrow,
Jesus, in distress,
Spirit, in temptation:
Come to me.

Father God, in anguish,
Jesus, in despair,
Spirit, in temptation:
You are near.

Father, in extremis,
Jesus, in blind faith,
Spirit, in my dying:
You are here.

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

Temptation (#1 of 2 linked prayers)

Hear my plea
(Psalm 28:2; NET).

Father God, in weakness,
Jesus, in dismay,
Spirit, in temptation:
Hear my plea.

Father God, in anger,
Jesus, in alarm,
Spirit, in temptation:
Come to me. 

Father God, in sorrow,
Jesus, in distress,
Spirit, in temptation:
You are near.

Father God, in failure,
Jesus, in despair,
Spirit, in temptation:
You are here.

Even when I walk through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me
(Psalm 23:4; NLT).

Your arms

The eternal God is your refuge,
and his everlasting arms are under you
(Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

Lord,

Your arms are wrapped
around us all;

But you hold us
so gently

That unless we seek you earnestly
each day,

We may not recognise
your constant presence.

Suddenly, their eyes were opened,
and they recognised him
(Luke 24:31; NLT).