Prayer

Hello to all readers. Today’s prayer was inspired by a phone conversation with a friend a couple of days ago. I’ve wanted to write something personal about the armour of God for a long time, so I’ll be keeping a copy of this by my bedside for the mornings.

The armour of God

Therefore put on the whole armour of God (Ephesians 6:13; NIV).

Father,
It’s time for me to put on your armour again –
May it strengthen me
To face whatever today will bring.

May your belt of truth
Give me courage
To speak with honesty and love.

May your breastplate of righteousness
Protect the love for you
That burns in my fragile heart.

May your sandals of readiness
Guide me to those who long to hear
The gospel of peace.

May your shield of faith
Deflect all physical,
Emotional and spiritual attacks.

May your helmet of salvation
Defend me from doubt, anxiety,
Panic, depression and despair.

May the sword of your Spirit
Warn me of danger,
And fight for me day and night.

Lord,
Help me to stay alert,
Always aware of your presence,
And praying continually in your Spirit.

Thank you for helping me
To put on your armour.
I’m ready now
To face whatever the day will bring.

I ask all this in your blessed name,
In the name of your Son,
And in the name of your Holy Spirit.
Amen.

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The armour of God

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Protected by darkness

Hello to all readers. This prayer encapsulates a single moment of insight, when I glimpsed an understanding of why God shields himself from our sight… 

Protected by darkness

  • God is light; in him there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5).
  • For the Lord your God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24). 
  • Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2).
  • My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me (Acts 22:11).
  • God [is] the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. (1 Timothy 6:15-16).

Father,
Thank you for showing me
That the clouds and thick darkness
Surrounding you
Protect us,
Your frail children,
From being blinded
By the incandescence of your light,
And consumed
By the destructive power of your fire.

How merciful,
And kind you are!
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

 

 

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Inner peace

Hello, everyone. I’ve suffered from anxiety since I was very small, and once it starts, I just can’t turn it off. For the last few years, I’ve been working on reducing my anxiety by developing healthier relationships, which is very hard work!

NB: It’s just possible that my technically BRILLIANT husband has solved my formatting problems…

Inner peace

Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator (Colossians 3:9-10).

Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace (Romans 14:19).

Father,
I want to have inner peace.

Help me to be self-aware:
To build and maintain
A healthy relationship with myself,
With others,
And with you.

Help me accept myself as I am,
Always listening to my body
And to my gut feelings,
Always in touch
With my innermost thoughts and concerns.

Help me to set good boundaries with others
By speaking and acting honestly,
On the basis of constant self-awareness.

Then I will be at peace –
With myself,
With others,
And with you.

I ask this in Jesus’ name,
Amen.

 

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Death

Hello to all readers. I used to fear death terribly, seeing it as an unchosen, unbearably irrevocable step straight into the unknown. However, coming to understand it in the way pictured by today’s prayer has made me feel much more hopeful and accepting about it. See what you think:

Death

Into your hands I commit my spirit (Psalm 31:5).

Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his (Psalm 100:3).

…the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecc .12:7).

But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him (Luke 15:20).

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

 
Father,
You wait to welcome us home
At the end of our exile.
 
At the moment of death
You take us in your arms –
We have nothing to fear.
 
Our lives are fulfilled
In blissful reunion with you,
And this is Heaven.
Amen.
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Seeking God

Hello everyone. There are definitely days when God can seem very distant, or even horribly absent, perhaps because of illness, lack of energy, anxiety, or not having time to pray quietly alone. Then I have to rely on faith, rather than on feeling his presence… 
 
 Seeking God
 
One thing I ask of the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple (Psalm 27:4).
 
Do not hide your face from your servant (Psalm 69:17).
 
 
Father,
I seek your face,
And want to be close to you 
All day and all night.
 
So when I can’t sense your presence,
Or feel your warmth,
Or see your light;
And when you show me nothing in my prayers,
I am bereft.
 
I need you, Lord.
My heart cries out to you.
 
I am empty without you.
My spirit has no home but you.
 
Yet I know you never leave me,
Even when I cannot feel your presence.
 
You never forsake me,
For you love all you have made.
 
Lord, 
Just knowing you love me is enough.
 
It satisfies my longing,
And fills my soul with peace.
 
Thank you so much for loving me.
Thank you for your peace.
 
In Jesus’ holy name, 
Amen.
 
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Overwhelmed

Hello, everyone. Whilst contemplative prayer can be very peaceful, 
even ecstatic, it can also be very alarming at times. I've never heard
this discussed anywhere, but here is my exploration of such an
experience.

Overwhelmed 
For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth (Psalm 47:2).

It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:31).

Father,
You overwhelm me
With your power.

I am afraid.
Silenced.
Awestruck.

I want to run away,
But cannot move,
And there is nowhere to hide.

I am nothing.
You are all.
Lord, save me!

Yet despite my fear,
I love you so much,
And know that you love me.

Therefore,
I dare to worship you.

 

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Silence

Hello, everyone. I’m sorry the fonts on this blog have been coming out unpredictably in different sizes. It might be something to do with the italicised quotes, so I’ll leave them out for now. Today I’m trying a new way of inputting my data, to see if I can stop this problem. If anyone knows either the cause or the answer, it would be wonderful to hear from you.

Today’s prayer goes back to the theme of contemplation. I’ve never really talked to anyone about what I experience, so it will be interesting to see if it strikes a chord with anyone else. 

 

Silence

 

After praying for others

And myself,

I worship quietly.

 

Slowly, words dwindle,

Thoughts die away,

And in a silence beyond words,

Far beyond thought,

I enter your presence,

My Lord and my God.

 

Here, I absorb your light

And your love,

Receive your forgiveness

And your healing,

Drink in your strength

And your peace.

Here, you show me all I need to learn.

 

Father, my soul is united with yours.

May this moment never end.

You are all that matters.

 

My heart belongs to you.

My life is in your hands.

Do with me as you will.

 

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

 

 

 

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