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).


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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I feel so empty

Remember how short my life is,
how empty and futile this human existence! 

(Psalm 89:47; NLT).

Lord,
I feel so empty:
My flesh is only clay.
I used to share my life with you,
Yet now I cannot pray. 

Lord,
I feel so empty:
My mind has lost its way.
I used to say the office,
Yet no longer try to pray. 

Lord,
I feel so empty:
My heart has gone astray.
I used to plead for others,
Yet no longer love to pray. 

Lord,
I feel so empty:
My soul has fled away.
I used to feel your presence,
Yet no longer want to pray.  

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

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Earth and sky (#2 of 2 linked prayers)

There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

In earth and sky,
May I perceive your presence.

In every face,
May I behold your Son.

In every bird,
May I revere your Spirit –

For you’re in everything,
Most Holy One.

Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God (Psalm 90:2; NIV).


Earth and sky (#1 of 2 linked prayers)

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom (1 Chronicles 29:11; NLT).

May earth and sky
Remind me of your presence,

May every face
Remind me of your Son;

May every bird
Remind me of your Spirit,

For your indwelling, Lord,
Makes all things one.

There is […] one God and Father, who is over all, and in all, and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

God’s presence

No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39; NLT). 

God’s presence surrounds you
Below and above:
Rest in his shelter,
And breathe in his love.

His presence extends
On your left and your right:
Live in his goodness,
And walk in his light.

God’s presence supports you
Without and within:
Tell him your sorrows,
And whisper each sin.

His presence goes with you
Before and behind:
Pray; rejoice; thank him,
And always be kind.

God’s presence stays with you
Wherever you roam:
Trust in him, always –
Your heart is his home.

Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them” (John 14:23; NLT).

Your arms

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

Lord,

Your arms are wrapped
around us all;

But you hold us
so gently

That unless we seek you earnestly
each day,

We may not recognise
your constant presence.

Suddenly, their eyes were opened,
and they recognised him
(Luke 24:31; NLT).

Darkness

They know not, neither will they understand;
they walk on in darkness
(Psalm 82:5, KJV).

Lord,

So many people
Walk in darkness.

Some never knew you;
Others, Lord, forgot.

Today, may many recognise
Your presence,

And turn to you, Lord,
Then forget you not.

Suddenly, their eyes were opened,
and they recognised him
(Luke 24:31; NLT).

Be careful not to forget the Lord
(Deuteronomy 6:12; NLT).