Darkness (#1 of 2 linked prayers)


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

Pray about everything (Philippians 4:6; NLT).
Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge (Psalm 62:8; NLT).
You desire honesty from the womb (Psalm 51:6; NLT).

1. I have nothing to offer
But darkness.

2. Nothing to give
But my tears.

3. Nothing to say, Lord,
But: Help me.

4. Nothing to share
But my fears.

References

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

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

3. I am in trouble, Lord. Help me! (Isaiah 38:14; NLT).

4. Fear and trembling overwhelm me (Psalm 55:5; NLT).

Waves

1. Waves of darkness
And of of light,

2. Waves of tenderness
And might;

3. Waves of rapture
And of fear,

4. Waves of love:
The Lord is here.

References

1. Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).
God is light (1 John 1:5; NLT).

2. The Lord is full of tenderness (James 5:11; NLT).
He is mighty in both power and understanding (Job 36:5; NLT).

3. In his shadow have I rapture (Song of Songs 2:3; DBY).
The Lord is a friend to those who fear him (Psalm 25:14; NLT).

4. God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).
Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it! (Genesis 28:16; NLT).

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Deep within our darkness

1. Deep within our darkness, Lord –
Your kingdom.

2. Deep within our darkness, Lord –
Your grace.

3. Deep within our darkness, Lord –
Your temple.

4. Deep within our darkness –
Your embrace.

References

1. Darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88:18; NLT).

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

2. You live under the freedom of God’s grace (Romans 6:14; NLT).

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

4. His right arm embraces me (Song of Songs 2:6; NLT).

Mary’s song

My lover is mine, and I am his (Song of Songs 2:16; NLT).

1. Waves of darkness overwhelm me,
Filling me with pure delight.

2. Waves of rapture inundate me:
This, the moment we unite.

3. Waves of wonder overcome me,
Flooding me with deepest awe.

4. Waves of love, Lord, saturate me:
We are one for evermore.

References

1. How my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour! (Luke 1:47; NLT).

2. The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you (Luke 1:35; NLT).

3. Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean (Luke 1:29; NLT).

4. You have found favour with God! (Luke 1:30; NLT).

I touch your Spirit

Lord God, 

I touch your Spirit
During prayer,
Passing my hands through bands 
Of star-strewn light.

The rest is darkness;
Nothingness; a void
From which your Word frames worlds
For your delight,

And carries home,
To reunite with you,
All things whose life-span 
In your hand is through. 

 

 

References 

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched – this we proclaim concerning the Word of life (1 John 1:1; NIV).

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters (Genesis 1:1-2; NLT). 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made (John 1:1-3; NIV). 

The worlds have been framed by the word of God  (Hebrews 11:3; ASV).

He will take delight in you with gladness (Zephaniah 3:17; NLT).

If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders (Luke 15:4-5; NLT).

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

My life span is gone, taken from me like a shepherd’s tent (Isaiah 38:12; NKJV).

The life of every living thing is in his hand (Job 12:10; NLT).

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast (Psalm 139:7-10; NIV). 

You have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God (1 Peter 1:23; NLT).