Prayer

Another chance

“Keep on seeking, and you will find” (Matthew 7:7; NLT).

“Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts”  (Hebrews 4:7; NLT).

And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him (Hebrews 10:21-22; NLT).

“Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him (Matthew 9:9; NLT).

Serve the LORD your God (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

Lord,
Thank you
For this new day –

Another chance
To seek you,
Hear your voice,
And practice your presence.

Another chance
To say I’m sorry,
And to try again.

Another chance
To follow your Son,
And serve you
As best I can.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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You know

For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

O God, you know how foolish I am; my sins cannot be hidden from you (Psalm 69:5; NLT).

You know of my shame, scorn and disgrace (Psalm 69:19; NLT).

Lord,
You know what I’m like –
Please help me.

You know what I’m like –
Please heal me.

You know what I’m like –
Please strengthen me.

You know what I’m like –
Please forgive me.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Belonging

He made us, and we are his (Psalm 100:3; NLT).

I love the LORD because he hears my voice (Psalm 116:1; NLT).

He guides me along right paths (Psalm 23:3; NLT).

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

He comforts us in all our troubles (2 Corinthians 1:4; NLT).

So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord (Romans 14:8; NLT).

Father,
You made me,
And I am yours.

You see and hear me,
Know and teach me,
Guide and protect me,
Heal and help me,
Love and forgive me,
Comfort and save me.

Thank you for making me, Lord,
For whether I live or die,
I always belong to you.

In Jesus’ holy name,
Amen.

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Here I am

“Here I am” (1 Samuel 3:5; NLT).

O God, you know how foolish I am; my sins cannot be hidden from you (Psalm 69:5; NLT).

For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

You know of my shame, scorn and disgrace (Psalm 69:19; NLT).

You know everything I do (Psalm 130:3; NLT).

…he knows the secrets of every heart (Psalm 44:21; NLT).


Lord,
Here I am,
With all my sins
And weaknesses,
My ill-health,
And anxieties,
Low self-esteem,
Depression,
And my painful awkwardness
In social situations.

Please forgive,
And heal,
And help me,
Through and through.

Thank you for loving me,
And living in my heart,
Despite all that I am,
And all I’m not

Or perhaps because of it –
For only you know fully
Why I need your help
So much.

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The long way round

God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

“He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you” (Deuteronomy 31:8; NLT).

“For indeed, the Kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21; NKJV).


Lord,
I’m coming to you
The long way round –

Blundering blindly,
Wandering aimlessly,

Lost in deserts,
Following dead ends,

Trying to find you,
Getting things wrong,

Making mistakes,
And messing up relationships…

But although I’m coming to you
The long way round,

You’re with me all the time –
Here, deep in my heart.

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Burdens

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7).

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

Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you (Psalm 55:22; NLT).

Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34; NLT).


Lord,
Here I am,
On my journey
Through life.

Please help me
To rest a while
In silence,
Putting down my burdens,
And sharing them with you.

Then, help me
To take up my cross again,
And follow your Son
As best I can,
Through life.

In his dear name,
Amen.

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Mistakes

Indeed, we all make many mistakes (James 3:2; NLT).

Lead me in the right path, O LORD (Psalm 5:8; NLT).

“Keep on seeking, and you will find” (Matthew 7:7; NLT).

“I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid” (John 14:27; NLT).


Lord,
When I forget
What I think I’ve learned,
And make mistakes,
And get things wrong,
Please help, heal, lead
And strengthen me,
So I can keep on
Following your path,
And seeking your peace
Of mind and heart.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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