If I was never fearful

Watch yourselves,
or you also may be tempted
(Galatians 6:1; NLT).

If I was never fearful, Lord,
I might begin to think
That I don’t need you;

And if I never sinned at all,
I might forget
That you, alone, remit;

And if I never suffered, Lord,
I might presume
That I can do without you,

So trials are blessings in disguise:
They make me cling to you, Lord,
And submit.

🤎

Submit to God,
and you will have peace

(Job 22:21; NLT).


Those who suffer

I am the one who answers your prayers
and cares for you (Hosea 14:8; NLT).

Lord,
You care for those who suffer:
Help us all to turn to you. 

Lord,
You comfort those who suffer:
Help us all to trust in you.

Lord,
You strengthen those who suffer:
Help us all to cling to you.

Lord,
You carry those who suffer:
Help us all to rest in you.

My soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him
(Psalm 62:5; NIV).

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Revive my fading faith

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If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

1. Lord,
Revive my fading faith,
Then I’ll believe in you.

But if you don’t revive my faith,
I’ll still hold fast to you.

2. Lord,
Renew my ebbing hope,
Then I will trust in you.

But if you don’t renew my hope,
I’ll still cling tight to you.

3. Lord,
Repair my dying love,
Then I will worship you.

But if you don’t repair my love,
I’ll still belong to you.

4. Lord,
Restore my failing health,
Then I will follow you.

But if you don’t restore my health,
I’ll still be one with you.

🧡


References

1. I lie in the dust; revive me by your word (Psalm 119:25; NLT).

Believe in the Lord your God (2 Chronicles 20:20; NLT).

Hold fast to him (Deuteronomy 11:22; NIV).

2. Renew my life with your goodness (Psalm 119:40; NLT).

Trust in God (John 14:1; NLT).

Cling tightly to the Lord your God (Joshua 23:8; NLT).

3. I will raise up the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, and repair its damages (Amos 9:11; NKJV).

Worship the Lord your God (Luke 4:8; NIV).

Whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord (Romans 14:8; NIV).

4. Restore me to health and make me live (Isaiah 38:16; ESV).

Follow me and be my disciple (Matthew 9:9; NLT).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

May I persevere (#2 of 2 linked prayers)

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You need to persevere,
so that when you have done the will of God,
you will receive what he has promised
(Hebrews 10:36; NIV).

1. In darkness,
May I persevere, Lord,
Trusting in your faith,
Not mine.

2. In sorrow
May I persevere, Lord,
Clinging to your hope,
Not mine.

3. In dryness,
May I persevere, Lord,
Living in your love,
Not mine.

4. In sickness,
May I persevere, Lord,
Till we meet,
Beyond all time.

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All glory to him who alone is God, our Saviour
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his
before all time, and in the present,
and beyond all time! Amen
(Jude 1:25; NLT).

Three things will last forever –
faith, hope, and love –
and the greatest of these is love
(1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

I’m sorry

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My life is spent with sorrow and my years with sighing; my strength has failed because of my guilt, and my body has wasted away (Psalm 31:10; NASB20).

1. I’m sorry that I’m nothing, Lord.
I’m sorry I’m so weak.

2. I’m sorry I can’t serve you, Lord,
And sorry I’m so bleak.

3. I’m sorry I’ve got nothing, Lord,
To show for all my years.

4. I’m sorry that I’ve wasted all my life
On sin, and tears.

5. I can only cling to you, Lord,
As I face each test.

6. I can only try to pray, Lord,
And to do my best.

7. I can only cry to you, Lord:
Father, lift me up!

8. I can only trust in you,
And drink each bitter cup.


References

1. I am nothing but dust and ashes (Genesis 18:27; NIV).

Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak (Psalm 6:2; NLT).

2. You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him (Luke 4:8; NLT).

You have taken away my companions and my loved ones. Darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88:18; NLT).

3. I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth (Matthew 25:25; NLT).

Is not all human life a struggle? Our lives are like that of a hired hand, like a worker who longs for the shade, like a servant waiting to be paid. I, too, have been assigned months of futility, long and weary nights of misery (Job 7:1-3; NASB20).

4. I was born a sinner – yes, from the moment my mother conceived me (Psalm 51:5; NLT).

You have fed us with sorrow and made us drink tears by the bucketful (Psalm 80:5; NLT).

I have cried until the tears no longer come; my heart is broken. My spirit is poured out in agony (Lamentations 2:11; NLT).

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

5. I cling to you (Psalm 63:8; NLT).

You examine us every morning and test us every moment (Job 7:18; NLT).

6. Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15; NIV).

7. O Lord, I am calling to you. Please hurry! Listen when I cry for your help! (Psalm 141:1; NLT).

You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth (Psalm 71:20; NLT).

8. Trust in God and trust also in me (John 14:1; NLT).

He has […] given me a bitter cup of sorrow to drink (Lamentations 3:15; NLT).

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

You give us a lifetime

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I will be your God throughout your lifetime
(Isaiah 46:4; NLT).

1. You give us a lifetime
To practice your presence;
A lifetime to ask
Your forgiveness, Lord, too.

2. You give us a lifetime
To care about others;
A lifetime to grow,
And become more like you.

3. You give us a lifetime
To bear our cross gladly;
A lifetime to follow
Your steep, narrow way.

4. You give us a lifetime
To thank you for all, Lord;
A lifetime to love you,
Cling tight, hope, and pray.


References

1. He himself gives life and breath to everything (Acts 17:25; NLT).

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).

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

We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

3. 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).

The gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult (Matthew 7:14; NLT).

4. Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NIV).

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 fear the Lord your God and worship him and cling to him (Deuteronomy 10:20; NLT).

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence (Jeremiah 17:7; NLT).

Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NKJV).

Made of dread

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I’m just a worm, less than human
(Psalm 22:6; CEB).

1. I’m made of dread,
Instead of dust,

2. And cling to you in doubt,
Not trust.

3. I plead through pain,
Instead of prayer,

4. And serve you out of pride,
Not care.

5. I offer sin,
Instead of good,

6. And wait for you with fear,
Not love.

7. I seek the dark,
Instead of light –

8. Lord, may I walk by faith,
Not sight.

🖤

We walk by faith, not by sight
(2 Corinthians 5:7; NIV).

I love you

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🌹

1. I love you, Lord,
With all my heart.

2. I cling to you
With all my mind.

3. I serve you, Lord,
With all my strength.

4. I seek you in my soul —
And find.

🌹


References

1. 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).

2. Cling to him (Deuteronomy 10:20; NLT).

3. You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him (Luke 4:8; NLT).

4. “If you look for me wholeheartedly you will find me. I will be found by you,”  says the Lord (Jeremiah 29:13-14; NLT).

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

Loving you

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Love the Lord your God with all your heart,
all your soul, all your strength,
and all your mind
(Luke 10:27; NLT).

1. Lord,
I share my joy with you,
Loving you with all my mind,
Worshipping your holy name,
And praising you, for you are kind.

2. Lord,
I share my fear with you,
Loving you with all my might,
Putting all my faith in you,
And clinging to you day and night.

3. Lord,
I share my sin with you,
Loving you with all my heart,
Trusting in your clemency,
And knowing you will take my part.

4. Lord,
I share my pain with you,
Loving you with all my soul,
Resting in your tender arms,
And trusting you to make me whole.

 


References

1. Love the Lord your God […] with all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Your name is holy! (Psalm 99:3; NLT). 

How kind the Lord is! (Psalm 116:5; NLT). 

2. Love the Lord your God […] with all your might (Deuteronomy 6:5; RSV).

Your mercy is so plentiful (Psalm 69:16; NLT).

I cling to you (Psalm 63:8; NLT).

3. Love the Lord your God with all your heart (Deuteronomy 6:5; RSV).

He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:2-4; NLT).

4. Love the Lord your God […] with all your soul (Deuteronomy 6:5; RSV).

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

His hands make whole (Job 5:18; NKJV).

As Christ did

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1. In joy, Lord,
May I worship you,
As Christ did
When he walked this earth.

2. In trials, Lord,
May I cling to you,
As Christ did,
With faith unsurpassed.

3. In grief, Lord,
May I cry to you,
As Christ did
When he lost all hope.

4. In death, Lord,
May I call your name,
As Christ did
When he breathed his last.

 


References

1. Worship the Lord in all his holy splendour (1 Chronicles 16:29; NLT).

Jesus, full of the joy of the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth” (Luke 10:21; NIV).

2. Serve only the Lord your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil […] “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say: You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him” (Matthew 4:1,10; NLT).

3. Rise during the night and cry out. Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord. Lift up your hands to him in prayer (Lamentations 2:19; NLT).

About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46; NIV).

4. I will purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord (Zephaniah 3:9; NIV).

When Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, he said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last (Luke 23:46; NKJV).