When you come

Your own ears will hear him.
(Isaiah 30:21; NLT).

Jesus,
May I sense your presence
When you come to set me free.

Jesus,
May I hear your voice,
Responding when you speak to me.

Jesus,
May I know your touch,
And revel in your warm embrace.

Jesus,
May I recognise you,
When, at last, I see your face.

🖤

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

 


In birth (for C.)

The eternal God is our hiding place; he carries us in his arms.
(Deuteronomy 33:27; CEV).

In birth,
We have no sense of loss:
You keep us in your warm embrace.
Lord, we are always dear to you,
Safe in your mercy, love and grace.

In life,
Whatever we confront,
You carry us, and share each tear.
Lord, we are always close to you,
Even in sorrow, pain and fear.

In death,
We have no cause for dread:
You hold us, as we quit this flesh.
Lord, we are always part of you,
Despite our sickness and distress.

In bliss,
Our souls will see your face;
Your hands make whole; your presence calms.
Lord, we are always one with you,
Safe in your everlasting arms.

💙

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

 


I breathe you in


He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person (Genesis 2:7; NLT).

I breathe you in,
And breathe you out;
Your presence makes me whole.

I breathe you in,
And breathe you out;
One body, and one soul.

I breathe you in,
And breathe you out,
No matter what you send.

I breathe you in,
And breathe you out, Lord God,
Until life’s end.

💛

I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath.
(Psalm 146:2; NLT).

 


Open my eyes (#2 of 3)

Open my eyes so that I will observe amazing things from your instruction.
(Psalm 119:18; ISV). 

Lord,

Open my eyes, so I can see
The precious truths you offer me.

Open my eyes, so I may know
Your only Son, who helps me grow.

Open my eyes, so I will grasp
His presence in us all, at last.

🖤

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.
(Colossians 3:11; NLT).


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).