Prayer

Unworthy

Unworthy

But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, “God have mercy on me, a sinner”
(Luke 18:13; NIV).

The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17; NIV).

He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities (Psalm 103:10; NRSV).

But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy
(Titus 3:4-5; NIV).

 

Father,
I am a sinner –
Not worthy
To love you,
Pray to you,
Or approach you.

Yet you invite me
To join you,
Welcoming me
With open arms –
Not a word
Of reproach.

How merciful
And kind you are,
My Lord
And my God!

 

 

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Love

Love

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NIV).

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us (1 John 5:14; NIV).

My Father,
Dear One,
Pure,
Perfect
And holy,
Why do you listen
To my halting,
Mixed-up prayers?

Ah –
It’s because you are love;
Your very nature
Is to love
And nurture
All you have made.

Thank you,
My dear One,
For loving us all
So much.

Thank you
For hearing my prayers,
Though I am nothing,
And you are everything.

 

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In God’s hands

In God’s hands

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms
(Deuteronomy 33:27; NIV).

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

 

Father,
I am always in your hands.

Everything that happens to me
Is for my ultimate good,
So please help me to rejoice always,
Pray continually,
And to give thanks to you
In all circumstances.

Thank you for having
My long-term best interests
At heart!

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Happiness

Happiness

My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him (Psalm 28: 7; NIV).

He [Jesus] is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie
(John 1:27; NIV).

The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17; NIV).

Father,
I’m bursting with happiness
Because you love me unconditionally,
Even though I’m entirely unworthy
Of your delight.

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Peace

For in him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28, NIV).

In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind
(Job 12:10; NIV).

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms (Deuteronomy 33:27; NIV).

…he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep (Psalm 121:5; NIV).

Father,
Thank you for time alone
To pray in peace
And quietness,
Then to rest silently in you.

It’s good to have this space
To focus on you,
Though you are always with me,
For I live safely in your hands,
Whatever happens.

Lord,
I love you.
Thank you so much
For loving me.

In Jesus’ holy name,
Amen.

Peace

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Thanks

Thanks

…he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep (Psalm 121:5; NIV).

But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction (Job 36:15; NIV).

Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion (Psalm 103:2-4; NIV).

…be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12.2; NIV).

All my springs are in you (Psalm 87:7; NRSV).

God has delivered me from going down to the pit, and I shall live to enjoy the light of life (Job 33:28; NIV).

I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living (Psalm 27:13; NIV).

 

Father,
You watch over me constantly,
And speak to me through affliction.

You forgive my sins,
Heal my diseases,
And redeem my life from the pit.

You crown me with love
And compassion.

You transform me
By the renewing of my mind.

You are the fountain of life,
And all my springs
Are in you.

Thank you for showing me
Your goodness,
So I can enjoy the light of life.

In Jesus’ holy name,
Amen.

 

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Life, suffering and death

Life, suffering and death

Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being (Genesis 2:7; NIV).

In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind (Job 12:10; NIV).

Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal (Job: 5:17; NIV).

But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction (Job 36:15; NIV).

Then he [Job] fell to the ground in worship and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised” (Job 1:20-21; NIV).

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

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

To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God (Revelation 2:7; NIV).

Father,
You create us,
And sustain our lives.

You teach, discipline
And heal us;
We are entirely
In your hands.

Help us to rejoice in you,
To pray continually,
And to give thanks
In all circumstances.

When our bodies
Go back to the dust
From which we came,
May our souls return to you
In Paradise.

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