Simple prayers

When you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans,
for they think they will be heard because of their many words.
(Matthew 6:7; NIV).

1. May my prayers
Be simple, Lord,
For you already know
My needs.

2. May my prayers
Be honest, Lord:
You know my thoughts,
And words, and deeds.

3. May my prayers
Be Christ-like, Lord:
Pleading for others,
Judging none;

4. And may my prayers
Be constant, Lord,
Then we will always
Live as one.

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References

1. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him (Matthew 6:8; NIV).

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

You perceive my thoughts from afar (Psalm 139:2; NIV).

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

You know everything I do (Psalm 119:168; NLT). 

3. When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified – one on his right and one on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34; NLT). 

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you (Luke 6:37; NLT).

4. Pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

The person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him (1 Corinthians 6:17; NLT).

 


 

Help me to understand

He himself gives life and breath to everything,
and he satisfies every need
(Acts 17:25; NLT).

1. Help me, Lord,
To understand
That you, alone,
Give all I have,

2.  And, that you also
Take away,
For every life
Brings good and bad.

3. Help me to accept
Your will
With gladness, thanks,
And constant prayer,

4. Confident, Lord,
That you bring blessings
In the end,
From all we bear.

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References

1. The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away. May the name of the Lord be blessed (Job 1:21; NET).

2. When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other (Ecclesiastes 7:14; NIV).

3. I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; RSV).

4. We know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good (Romans 8:28; AMP).

 


 

You’re here


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

Lord,

You’re here
In answer
To my prayers.

You talk to me
In answer
To my prayers.

You walk with me
In answer
To my prayers;

And comfort me
In answer
To my prayers.

❤️

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

 


Close my eyes (#1 of 3)

Since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for (1 John 5:15; NLT).

Lord,
Please close my eyes in prayer,
Then I will see you everywhere. 

Lord,
Please close my eyes in sleep,
And let it be both calm, and deep.

Lord,
Please close my eyes in death,
As I release my final breath. 

🖤

Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last (Luke 23:46; NLT).


Through prayer

Draw near to God
and he will draw near to you

(James 4:8; NKJV).

Through prayer,
I absorb you, Lord,
Into my bones,

My mind,
And my heart,
And my soul.

Through prayer,
I am also absorbed
Into you –

My Maker,
My life,
And my goal.


Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

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


In prayer


Pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf
(1 Timothy 2:1; NLT). 

Lord,

In prayer,
I often ask you to do things:
To bless, comfort, strengthen
And heal others;

To help me accept
All you send,
Yet still, somehow,
To serve you.

But today, I’m not asking you
To do anything at all;
For I am content
To rest in your presence,

Absorbing your warmth, light
And peace, Lord,
Your truth,
And your love.

This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength” (Isaiah 30:15; NLT).


Saint Raphael

Christ Healing the Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda
Murillo 1670, National Gallery, London (Yandex)

Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralysed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had
(John 5:2-4; NLT).

Saint Raphael,
Please hear my prayer,
And carry it to God,
Asking him to heal my life,
And spare me from his rod.

Saint Raphael,
Please stir the pool,
And help me to step in;
Then I will be forgiven,
And my mind set free from sin.

Saint Raphael,
Please hear my prayer,
And carry it above,
Asking God to mend my heart
With his unfailing love.

Saint Raphael,
Please stir the water;
Help me in, to bathe,
For then I will be whole again,
And my poor soul be saved.

He will save the souls of the needy
(Psalm 72:13; NHEB).

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I feel so empty

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?
(Psalm 22:1; NIV).

Lord,

I feel so empty
And despairing.
I cannot pray,
But thirst for you in vain.

How can I live
Without your constant presence?
Let me become
Your dwelling-place again.

How can I face each weary day
Without you?
Nothing but dust,
I long for death’s release.

Show me, once more, your light,
And love, and mercy.
Answer my prayers,
And give me your perfect peace.

My peace I give you
(John 14:27; NIV). 

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you
(Isaiah 26:3; NLT).

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