Prayer

Far, near, and everywhere

“Am I a God who is only close at hand?” says the LORD. “No, I am far away at the same time. […]  Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?” (Jeremiah 23:23-4; NLT).


Lord,
On the days
When you seem far away
I reach out to you
Across a vast and empty space
As best I can;

And on the days
When you seem near,
I reach in to you,
Deep within my heart and soul
As best I can;

For you are far away,
And near,
Within, without –
And everywhere.

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“Here I am” (1 Samuel 3:4; NIV).

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

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

O LORD my God, how great you are (Psalm 104:1; NLT).


Maybe,
In the end,
A lot of spoken prayer
Boils down
To this:

Here I am.
I love you, Lord,
And I belong to you.

Thank you for loving me
Despite my sins.
Please help us all.
How great you are!

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Help us!

The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” (Matthew 8:25; NLT).

Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last (Luke 23:46; NLT).


Please help us, Lord,
And save us,
Or else
We will b
e swamped
By all the storms
Of life,
And death.

Amen.

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I lack nothing

“And be sure of this: I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20; NLT).

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

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

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

The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing (Psalm 23:1; NIV).


Lord,
You are with me
In darkness,
Stillness,
And silence,
So I lack nothing.

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Unchanging God

Why are you so far away when I groan for help? (Psalm 22:1; NLT).

He is close to those who trust in him (Nahum 1:7; NLT).

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18; NIV).

“I am the Lord, and I do not change” (Malachi 3:6; NLT).

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

“The whole earth is filled with his glory!” (Isaiah 6:3; NLT).

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


Father,
There are days
When you seem
Very far away;

And days when you’re as close
As breathing,
Closer than my heartbeat.

But,
In fact,
You never change at all:

You are within me,
And around me,
All the time,

Filling the world,
And holding my life
In your hands.

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Beyond

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine” (Isaiah 55:8; NLT).

How great is God – beyond our understanding! (Job 36:26; NIV).

God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM” (Exodus 3:14; NLT).

“I am the Lord, and I do not change” (Malachi 3:6; NLT).

The world and all its people belong to him (Psalm 24:1; NLT).

Beyond our words
And thoughts,

Beyond imagination,
And beyond our understanding,

You are who you are,
Unchanging God,

And we all
Belong to you.

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Strength

I am exhausted and completely crushed (Psalm 38:8; NLT).

The LORD gives his people strength (Psalm 28:8; NLT).

“ ‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind’ ” (Luke 10:27; NLT).

“You must worship the LORD your God and serve only him” (Matthew 4:10; NLT).


Father,
I’m exhausted,
And completely crushed. 

Please restore
My strength,

So I can seek you
With all my mind,

Love you
With all my heart,

And serve you
With all my soul.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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