Prayer

God’s presence

Constantly being aware of God’s presence throughout the day, and when we wake at night, is a vital part of Christian life, yet it can be so difficult to practice. There may be long, busy periods of the day when we are so distracted that we forget about God altogether. It can then come as something of a shock when we remember him, and turn to him once more. Today’s prayer reminds us to ask for help to stay continuously in touch with him.

God’s presence

* I keep the LORD always before me (Psalm 16:8; NIV).
* And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? (Luke 18:7).
* On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night (Psalm 63:6; N|V).
* …when I awake, I am still with you (Psalm 139:18; NIV).
* Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice (Psalm 55:17).
* …surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:20).

Alert or drowsy,
Well or ill,
Busy or resting,
Happy or sad –
May I never forget
Your presence,
My Lord and my God.

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Suffering

People often react to suffering as if it were unreasonable, unfair, or somehow shouldn’t happen to them, long after the initial phases of shock and anger are over. However, suffering is, in fact, a natural and unavoidable aspect of life for us all, given our fragile, vulnerable, mortal bodies and minds. All of us will experience our fill of it one way or another before we die. What counts is how we react to it, learn from it, and use it, to help us on our journey towards maturation here on earth.  

Suffering
* Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward (Job 5:7; NIV).
* Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away (Psalm 90:10; NIV).
* A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another (John 13:34; NIV).
* …show mercy and compassion to one another (Zechariah 7:9; NIV).
* …suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope (Romans 5:4-5; NIV).

Lord,
We know that life
Inevitably includes
Sickness and sorrow, 
Suffering and pain,
Regret and loss.

In good times and bad,
Please help us to offer
Comfort, support and love
To one another,
As we journey through life,
Towards you.

 

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Love

Hello to all readers. Today’s prayer is a further development on the theme of yesterday’s… 

Love 
* If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God (1 John 4:15; NIV).
* No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us (1 John 4:12; NIV).
* Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin (Psalm 51:2; NIV).

Father,
We know that
If we love one another,
You will live in us,
We will live in you,
And your love 
Will be made complete in us.

We invite you to make your home
In our degraded bodies,
Our withered hearts,
Our sinful minds,
Our blighted souls.

Please wash away our sins,
And fill us, so we overflow 
With love for others –
For only then will your love 
Be made complete in us.

 

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Selfishness and sin

Hello to every reader. This prayer came to me very unexpectedly yesterday morning, whist I was making breakfast. I wanted to convey the idea of asking to be so filled with God that my own selfishness and sin would be wholly replaced by his presence and love… 

Selfishness and sin 
* I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20; NIV).
* No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us (1 John 4:12; NIV).
* If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God (1 John 4:15; NIV).

Living God,
Help me!

I’m full of selfishness 
And sin. 

Please come to live in me,
So I can live in you.

Fill me completely –
Soul and spirit,
Heart and mind, 
Flesh and bone
And blood.

Then, you will flow through my veins each day, 
Replacing all my selfishness and sin
With love.

 

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Headaches and migraines

Hello, everyone. I wrote this prayer last year, and gave a copy to my neurologist, whom I see every three months about my migraines and headaches. Although it voices my frustration in a humorous way, it also has a serious underlying message about facing and dealing with the difficult issues in my life…

Headaches and migraines
* …my pain is ever with me (Psalm 38:17).
* There will be no more …pain (Revelation 21:4).

Father,
This pain is always with me!

Please help me with the headaches and migraines
Plaguing my life.

Day after day,
Things nag at the back of my mind,
Just out of conscious reach.

Whenever they come briefly into focus,
I feel a flash of hurt, frustration, irritation, rage –
But instead of taking action
I reflexively suppress them all.

No wonder I have headaches,
And this pain is always with me…

As the time to face
Each unresolved concern gets close,
Stress drives it to the forefront of my mind
Where it EXPLODES!!!

No wonder I have migraines,
And this pain is always with me!

Lord,
Help me to face each nagging issue squarely,
Listen to my gut feelings,
And act accordingly.

Then, perhaps,
There will be no more pain!

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Forgiveness

Hello, everyone. Today’s prayer asks, and answers, a significant question…

Forgiveness
* When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals – one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34; NIV).
* While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them” (Acts 7:59-60; NIV).

Father,
There is a question
That has puzzled me for years:
Can I pray for someone’s sins to be forgiven,
Even if they don’t acknowledge
Having hurt me?

Ah! You answer quickly:
Yes, of course!

As he was being crucified,
Christ himself cried out:
“Father, forgive them,
For they do not know
What they are doing.”

Following his example,
Whilst Stephen was being stoned to death,
He begged you:
“Lord, do not hold this sin against them.”  

Father, thank you so much
For answering my question.

You pour out mercy,
Forgiveness and love –
Please help me to do the same.

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Be alert!

Hi to every reader. God gives us life and everything we have. We are entirely dependent on him, and he can take all or any of these things away at any time. He doesn’t put us here to have comfortable, trouble-free lives, but to mature by experiencing, and learning from, our challenges, losses and sufferings. So – we need to thank him for his gifts every day, whilst being ready to give them up at any time.

Be alert!
* …he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else (Acts 17:25; NIV).
* The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).
* But God said to him. “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?” (Luke 12:20; NIV).
* Be on your guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come (Mark 13:33; NIV).

Father,
You give me everything I need –
Life and breath,
Food, water and medicine,
Family, friends and home.

Thank you so much
For all these good things.

Please help me to be ready
To give them up
When the time comes
For you to take them away.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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