King of kings (#1 of 2 linked prayers)

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Notice how God is both kind and severe
(Romans 11:22; NLT).

1. Matchless, mighty,
King of kings,
I worship you –
Please hear my sighs.

2. Peerless, perfect,
Lord of lords,
I honour you –
Please hear my cries.

3. Sacred, spotless,
God of gods,
I trust in you –
Please hear my call.

4. Flawless, faithful,
First and Last,
I bow to you,
Who loves us all.

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

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References

1. You, O Lord are supreme over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods (Psalm 97:9; NLT).

God is mighty (Job 36:5; NLT).

God [is] the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings (1 Timothy 6:15; NIV).

2. I am the Lord; there is no other God (Isaiah 45:5; NLT).

Your heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NIV).

He is Lord of lords (Revelation 17:14; NKJV).

3. Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory (Isaiah 6:3; NIV).

It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God (1 Peter 1:19; NLT).

The Lord your God is the God of gods (Deuteronomy 10:17; NLT).

4. The Lord’s word is flawless (2 Samuel 22:31; NIV).

God is faithful (1 Corinthians 10:13; NLT).

I am the First and the Last; there is no other God (Isaiah 44:6; NLT).

I have no words

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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)
.

1. I have no words
To praise you, Lord,
To thank you,
Or accept your will.

2. I have no strength
To cry aloud;
Instead, I wait,
Alone, and still.

3. I have no voice
To beg for help,
Rejoice in you,
Or mourn my loss.

4. I have no breath
To worship you –
All I can do
Is share your cross.

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References

1. Praise him forever (Psalm 111:10; 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).

2. My strength has dried up like sunbaked clay. My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You have lain me in the dust and left me for dead (Psalm 22:15; NLT).

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

Turn to me and have mercy, for I am alone and in deep distress (Psalm 25:16; NLT).

3. I am so troubled that I cannot speak (Psalm 77:4; ESV).

From the depths of despair, O Lord, I call for your help (Psalm 130:1; NLT).

Pour out your heart to him (Psalm 62:8; NLT).

I grieve over my loss (Lamentations 3:20; NLT).

4. My strength is gone, and I can hardly breathe (Daniel 10:17; NLT).

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

If we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering (Romans 8:17; NLT).

Let’s go, too – and die with Jesus (John 11:16; NLT).

If we die with him, we will also live with him. If we endure hardship, we will reign with him (2 Timothy 2:11-12; NLT).

In pain (#2 of 2 linked prayers)

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I am suffering and in pain
(Psalm 69:29; NLT).

Lord,

1. In pain,
I share your dread,
And glimpse your final test.

2. In pain,
I sense your zeal for God,
And see your love expressed.

3. In pain,
I feel your brokenness,
And cry to you anew.

4. In pain,
I grasp the truth, at last,
For here, Lord, I find you.

If we are to share his glory,
we must also share his suffering
(Romans 8:17; NLT).

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References

1. I have a terrible baptism of suffering ahead of me, and I am under a heavy burden until it is accomplished (Luke 12:50; NLT).

He became anguished and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death” (Matthew 27:37-8; NLT).

2. I have come to set the world on fire, and how I wish it were already burning! (Luke 12:49; NLT).

‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ (Luke 10:27; NLT).

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13; NLT).

3. 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).

O God, listen to my cry! I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed (Psalm 61:2; NLT).

4. The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45; NLT).

You Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you (Ephesians 1:13; NLT).

He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain (Isaiah 53:3; NIV).

I seek you (for Mags)

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Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice (Psalm 55:17; KJV).

1. I seek you when I wake, Lord,
At midday,
And after noon:

Please hear my sighs,
Draw near to me,
And bring me comfort, soon.

2. I search for you each evening, Lord,
And long for you
Each night:

Please see my tears,
And come to me,
So I may glimpse your light.

3. I thirst for you unceasingly,
And crave
Your warm embrace:

Please heed my cries,
And take me home –
Then I will see your face.

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord (Jeremiah 29:13-14; NIV).

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References

1. In the morning I earnestly seek for God (Isaiah 26:9; NLT).

In the multitude of my thoughts within me, thy comforts delight my soul (Psalm 94:19; ASV).

2. All night long I search for you (Isaiah 26:9; NLT).

For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine (Isaiah 9:2; NLT).

3. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him? (Psalm 42:2; NLT).

So he returned to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NLT).

The dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NLT).

Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).

I can do all things

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1. I can do all things though Christ,
Who strengthens me each day;
Who hears my voice,
And answers me,
And helps me when I stray.

2. I can do all things through Christ,
Who shares my heavy load;
Who hears my prayers,
And teaches me,
And guides me on his road.

3. I can do all things through Christ,
Who helps me face each fear;
Who hears my cries,
And comforts me,
For he is always near.


References

1. I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13; NKJV).

He hears my voice and my prayer for mercy (Psalm 116:1; NLT).

I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain (Psalm 3:4; NIV).

He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

2. In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows (Isaiah 53:4; NKJV).

He hears the prayers of the righteous (Proverbs 15:29; NLT).

You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am (John 13:13; RSV).

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

3. I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me (Psalm 120:1; NIV).

He hears their cries for help and rescues them (Psalm 145:19; NLT).

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

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).

Anguish (written for M)


How long must I struggle within my soul,
with sorrow in my heart every day?

(Psalm 13:2; NLT).

1. Son of God,
We cry to you,
For life is very bleak.

2. Have pity on us, Lord,
For we’re in anguish,
Sick, and weak.

3. Touch us,
And forgive our sins,
For we belong to you,

4. And help us
To forgive all those
Who sin against us, too.

5. Heal us, Lord, in body,
And in mind, and heart,
And soul,

6. For you, Lord, are the only one
Whose touch
Can make us whole.


References

1. I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed (Psalm 61:2; NLT).

My spirit is crushed, and my life is nearly snuffed out (Job 17:1; NLT).

2. Jesus, Master, have pity on us (Luke 17:13; NIV).

Lord, see my anguish! (Lamentations 1:20; NLT).

Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak. Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony (Psalm 6:2; NLT).

3. Jesus touched the sick man and healed him (Luke 14:4; NLT).

Forgive us our sins (Matthew 6:12; NLT).

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

4. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven (Luke 6:37; NLT).

5. He forgives all my sins, and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3-4; NLT).

He restores my soul (Psalm 23:3; NKJV).

6. Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” Instantly the leprosy disappeared, and the man was healed (Mark 1:41-2; NLT).

Bear all God sends

At last, the people will look to their Creator
(Isaiah 17:7; NLT).

1. Bear all God sends
Until life ends,
For when we sigh,
He hears our cry.

2. And though each soul
Has missed its goal,
Our heavenly King
Still waits within.

3. So, face the past,
Then say, at last:
Your kingdom come;
Your will be done.

4. God shares our woes;
His mercy flows:
He will forgive;
Then we will live!


References

1. My sickness is incurable, but I must bear it (Jeremiah 10:19; NLT).

Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? (Job 2:10; NIV).

While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh (2 Corinthians 5:4; NLT).

He hears their cries for help (Psalm 145:19; NLT).

2. Everyone has sinned; we all fall far short of God’s glorious standard (Romans 3:23; NLT).

The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; KJV).

3. When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone (Psalm 32:5; NLT).

At last they will know and understand that I am the Lord (Jeremiah 16:21; NLT).

Your kingdom come, your will be done (Matthew 6:9-10; NIV).

4. In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

In his love and mercy he redeemed them (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

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

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10; NLT).

In the end


We have refused to seek mercy from the Lord our God
by turning from our sins and recognising his truth
(Daniel 9:13; NLT).

He alone is your God, the only one who is worthy of your praise
(Deuteronomy 10:21; NLT).

1. Lord,
In the end,
Though we refuse to see,
You are the only one
Who sets us free.

2. Lord,
In the end,
Though we complain and sigh,
You are the only one
Who hears each cry.

3. Lord,
In the end,
Though we resist and test,
You are the only one
Who gives us rest.

4. Lord,
In the end,
Though we reject your creed,
You are the only one
Who meets each need.

5. Lord,
In the end,
Though we dismiss and spurn,
You are the One
To whom we must return.


References

1. You live among rebels who have eyes but refuse to see (Ezekiel 12:2; NLT).

He has sent me […] to set the oppressed free (Luke 4:18; NIV).

2. I remember God, and I groan. I complain, and my spirit is overwhelmed (Psalm 77:3; ASV).

He hears their cries for help and rescues them (Psalm 145:19; NLT).

3. You must not test the Lord your God (Deuteronomy 6:16; NLT).

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

4. For those who reject him, “The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone” (1 Peter 2:7; NLT).

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need (Luke 12:31; NL).

5. The fool says in his heart, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1; NIV).

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