Weakness


Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there.
(Matthew 4:1; NLT).

1. Son of Man,
You recollect our weakness:
Our tiredness, our frailty,
Our tears.

2. Son of Man,
You recognise our weakness:
Our stubbornness, our lack of faith,
Our fears.

3. Son of Man,
You understand our weakness:
Our selfishness, our ignorance,
Our sin.

4. Son of Man,
You fully grasp our weakness:
For you shared all the tests
We face within.

References

1. He knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

2. He rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen (Mark 16:14; NIV).

3. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:4; NIV).

You, Lord, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you (Psalm 69:5; NIV).

4. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin (Hebrews 4:15; NLT).

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

Little prayers


This set of little prayers came to me whilst I was asleep. As I woke up, I could still hear the words being spoken aloud in my mind. Grabbing my ipad, I started writing them down immediately, as I knew from experience that they would disappear within seconds. Each prayer can be used at a specific moment, or said repeatedly in difficult situations.

1. When I wake to face each day:
Lord, I’m yours; you are my way.

2. When I hear your gentle voice:
Lord, I’m yours; you are my choice.

3. When I am about to eat:
Lord, I’m yours; this is a feast.

4. When I pray to you at night:
Lord, I’m yours; you are my light.

5. When I want to judge, and win:
Lord, I’m yours; forgive my sin.

6. When I suffer fear and pain:
Lord, I’m yours; I praise your name.

7. When I think I’m going to drown:
Lord, I’m yours; don’t let me down.

8. When I kneel before your cross:
Lord, I‘m yours, but I am dross.

9. When I see you, risen, scarred:
Lord, I’m yours, though life is hard.

10. When I share your bread and wine:
Lord, I’m yours, and you are mine.

References

1. I am the way (John 14:6; NLT).

2. I am yours (Psalm 119:94; NLT).

3. You prepare a feast for me (Psalm 23:5; NLT).

4. I am the light of the world (John 8:12; NLT).

5. He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

6. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord (Job 1:21; NIV).

7. Lord, save us! We’re going to drown (Matthew 8:25; NLT).

8. O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner (Luke 18:13; NLT).

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

10. My beloved is mine and I am his (Song of Songs 2:16; NIV).

Come to me

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).

1. Come to me
When you are lonely;
Take my hand
When you’re afraid.

2. Seek me
When you lose your bearings;
Talk with me;
Rest in my shade.

3. Follow me;
Accept my friendship;
Cling to me
When you despair.

4. Turn to me
When life’s a burden:
I will comfort, love,
And share.

References

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

I will take you by the hand and guard you (Isaiah 42:6; NLT).

2. I am the way (John 14:6; NLT).

Come and take shelter in my shade (Judges 9:15; NLT).

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

You are my friends (John 15:15; NLT).

He lifted me out of the pit of despair (Psalm 40:2; NLT).

4. Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping and mourning (Joel 2:12; NLT).

Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

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

Let your prayers be honest


1. Let your prayers be honest,
Tell God what you need.

2. Let them all be simple,
Follow Jesus’ lead.

3. Let them be spontaneous,
Share each sin and fear.

4. Let them be unceasing,
For God will always hear.

References

1. You desire honesty from the womb (Psalm 51:6; NLT).

Tell God what you need (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

2. When you pray, don’t babble on as people of other religions do (Matthew 6:7; NLT).

Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one (Matthew 6:9-13; NLT).

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

Pray about everything (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

4. Never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NLT).

Pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

The Lord hears my voice (Psalm 55:17; NLT).

Shadow

Hello everyone. I’ve been thinking a lot about our shadow side recently – all the parts of ourselves we prefer to hide, ignore and forget. If we are to become whole, we need to face and accept them all, sharing them with God, who already knows everything about us. I find it fascinating that even Jesus had a shadow side, which he had to face and accept during his time on earth – hence today’s prayer.

1. Even you, Lord,
Had a shadow:
Anger, tears, temptation.

2. Even you, Lord,
Had a shadow:
Fears you couldn’t share.

3. Even you, Lord,
Had a shadow:
Sorrow, grief, impatience.

4. Even you, Lord,
Had a shadow:
Anguish, dread, despair.

References

1. When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples (Mark 10:14; NLT).

Jesus wept (John 11:35; NLT).

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil (Matthew 4:1; NLT).

2. He was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

3. Then he [Jesus] said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” (Matthew 26:38; NIV).

Jesus said, “You faithless and corrupt people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? (Matthew 17:17; NLT).

4. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).

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).

God knows that we are mortal

We now have this light shining in our hearts,
but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.
This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves
(2 Corinthians 4:7; NLT).

1. God knows that we are mortal,
For he fashions us from clay.

2. He knows that we are fragile,
So his Spirit helps us pray.

3. He knows our lives are fleeting,
Then our flesh returns to dust.

4. He knows that we are fearful,
So his Son helps us to trust.

References

1. He remembered that they were merely mortal (Psalm 78:39; NLT).

We are the clay, and you are the potter. We are all formed by your hand (Isaiah 64:8; NLT).

2. He knows how weak we are (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; RSV).

3. Our days on earth are as fleeting as a shadow (Job 8:9; NLT).

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

4. When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you (Psalm 56:3; NLT).

Trust in God, and trust also in me [Jesus] (John 14:1-2; NLT).