Don’t let prayer become a burden


Jesus said, “Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
(Matthew 11:28-30; NLT).

Don’t let prayer become a burden;
Don’t let prayer become a chore:
Listen to the Spirit’s prompting –
Silence is your inner core.

Take it slowly. Take it gently.
Keep it honest; not too long:
One with God in deep communion –
Though you’re weak, your prayers are strong.

Revel in your intercessions;
Pray for those who cross your path,
Begging God to bless and heal them –
Don’t let this become a “task”.

For yourself, ask God to help you
Face, and bear, his perfect will
With humble thanks, and great rejoicing –
Knowing that he loves you, still.

Pray that many unbelievers
Meet Christ Jesus, hear his call,
Repent, and turn to him each day –
Believing that God loves us all.

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God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
(John 3:16; NLT).


God of silence

O God, do not be silent!
(Psalm 83:1; NLT). 

God of silence, speak to me:
Tell me where I’m going wrong.

God of stillness, shake me up:
Show me how I need to change.

God of exile, pain, and fear:
Draw my heart to you, in need.

God of darkness, light my way:
I will follow where you lead.

✝️

If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord and rely on your God (Isaiah 50:10; NLT).

If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

 


I wait for you

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.
(Psalm 37:7; NIV).

I wait for you in stillness, Lord,
Craving your living bread,

And look for you in silence,
Seeking your fountainhead.

I search for you in solitude,
Longing for your embrace,

But find you in my darkness,
For this is your dwelling-place.  

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The Lord has set the sun in the heavens,
but has said that he would dwell in thick darkness.
(1 Kings 8:12; RSV).

You are the temple of the living God.
(Luke 17:21; NKJV).
 

 


Acceptance

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

1. Lord,
May I accept your gifts,
And all you take away.

2. May I accept your silence,
And each precious word
You say.

3. May I accept your will
When you send bad,
As well as good.

4. May I accept your mystery,
Your wisdom,
And your love.

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Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,
so great is his unfailing love.
(Lamentations 3:32; NIV).

 


References

1. Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realise that both come from God. Remember that nothing is certain in this life (Ecclesiastes 7:14; NLT).

2. If he remains silent, who can condemn him? (Job 34:29; NIV). 

Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4; NIV).

3. If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

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).

Should we accept only good things from the hand of God, and never anything bad? (Job 2:10; NLT).

4. The wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God (1 Corinthians 2:7; NLT).

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

 


 

You’re here (#2 of 2 linked prayers)


He made darkness his hiding place
(Psalm 18:11; BSB).

You’re here, Lord, in my darkness:
You share it every day.

You’re present in the loneliness
I face along your way.

You’re here, Lord, in my silence:
A place I know too well.

You’re present in the weariness
Which locks me in this cell.

You’re here, Lord, in my weakness;
My wretchedness; my pain.

You’re even in my emptiness:
For I am your domain.


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

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Share my darkness (#1 of 2 linked prayers)


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

I want to share my darkness, Lord,
With you throughout today –
My foolishness; my ignorance;
My weakness, and my sin.

I want to share my emptiness
With you, Lord, all day long –
My brokenness; my barrenness;
My silence deep within.

I want to share my loneliness
With you, Lord, day by day –
My weariness; my suffering;
My sorrow, and my pain.

I want to share my littleness
With you, Lord, every day –
My worthlessness; my nothingness:
Then I won’t live in vain.

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

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