Lord, I want to pray

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1. Lord,
I want to pray, rejoice,
And thank you.

I want to serve,
Console, forgive,
And love.

2. Lord,
I want to plead
For your forgiveness,

Then follow
In your steps,
Saved by your blood.

3. Lord,
I want to spread
Your priceless gospel,

So others learn
To worship,
And adore.

4. Lord,
I want to bear
My cross to heaven,

Where I
Will lay it down
For evermore.

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References

1. 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).

Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all (Mark 9:35; NIV).

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us (2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT).

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).

May the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow (1 Thessalonians 3:12; NLT).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT; my emphasis).

2. Perhaps even yet they will turn from their evil ways and ask the Lord’s forgiveness before it is too late (Jeremiah 36:7; NLT).

Then [Jesus] said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23; NLT).

Since we have now been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation (Romans 5:9; NLT).

3. The Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls. When he found one priceless pearl, he went and sold everything he had, and bought it (Matthew 13:45-6; CSB).

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes (Romans 1:16; NIV).

Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ (1 Corinthians 9:19; NLT).

4. Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23; NLT).

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).

8 thoughts on “Lord, I want to pray

    • That’s comforting, Alan. I just feel more and more limited and disabled, constantly letting God down. Can’t even go upstairs without getting breathless and feeling faint. No energy, and we don’t see anyone, though our lockdown might start to lift a bit tomorrow. It’s months since I’ve been to mass, and I learned this week that our priest has left, without even saying goodbye. All our churches are still locked. Lots of headaches and migraines. Really struggling. Sorry t be selfish: how are both of you? XXXXXXXX

      • Both Susan and I are in fair health at present. I have some discomfort from pain, but it is nowhere like the worst. I pray for you often Ruth, but today I will lift up your specific points mentioned by you to Him. May you know the comfort of His Peace surrounding you sister.

      • I’m pleased that life sounds reasonably manageable at present, Alan, even though you have to live with this pain and discomfort. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for your prayers, and I continue to pray for you both each day.

        NB I’ve searched multiple translations for your precious quote from Numbers, but cannot find it. So, please forgive me for asking 2 questions:

        1. What version of the Bible are you quoting from, please,
        and
        2. Is the reference definitely accurate?

        May God bless you for reaching out to me today XXXXXXX

      • The Lord make His face shine on you,
        And be gracious to you;
        — Numbers 6:25 (NASB)
        I have used the New American Standard Bible since my youth. It is the most accurate in my personal view next to the KJV.

      • Aha! Thank you so much – I thought your original sentence was a Bible quote, but realise now that it was in your own words. Thank you so much, Alan xxxx

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