Fault upon fault

I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
(Psalm 51:3; NIV).

Fault upon fault,
And shame upon shame:

Please forgive me;
Release me from blame.

Lapse upon lapse,
And debt upon debt:

Please forgive me;
You know my regret.

Sin upon sin,
And stain upon stain:

Please forgive me,
And cleanse me again.

Love upon love,
And gift upon gift:

May your mercy
Be ceaseless and swift.


Let me fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is very great.
(1 Chronicles 21:13; NLT).

Why am I here?

I desire to do your will, my God.
(Psalm 40:8; NIV).

Why am I here, Lord?
What is my task?
How can I do your will?

By turning from sin,
And trusting my Son;
Praying, alone, every day.

Why am I here, Lord?
What is my task?
How can I do your will?

By taking your cross,
And following Christ;
Uniting with us, as one.

Why am I here, Lord?
What is my task?
How can I do your will?

By seeking my face,
And learning to love;
Forgiving both friend and foe.

Why am I here, Lord?
What is my task?
How can I do your will?

By bearing what comes,
And growing in faith;
Accepting both good and ill.


The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
blessed be the name of the Lord.
(Job 1:21; NKJV).

We cannot understand (#1 of 2 linked prayers)

People cannot see the whole scope
of God’s work from beginning to end
(Ecclesiastes 3:11; NLT).

We cannot understand
Your work,
Failing to see its scope
From start to end.

We cannot comprehend
Your Son,
Failing to grow like him,
As you intend.

We cannot understand
Your strength,
Failing to grasp our emptiness

We cannot comprehend
Your wrath,
Failing to grasp our ignorance
And sin.


You are indeed angry, for we have sinned
(Isaiah 64:5;  NKJV).

Nothing can prepare us

They will see his face
(Revelation 22:4; NLT).

Nothing can prepare us, Lord,
For when we see your face:
Shining like the sun with love,
With mercy, truth, and grace.

Nothing can prepare us, Lord,
For when we meet your eyes,
Which blaze with your consuming fire:
All-seeing; holy; wise.

Nothing can prepare us, Lord,
For when we hear your voice
Declaring judgement on our lives:
Each fault; each sin; each choice.


We must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body
(2 Corinthians 5:10; NLT). 

They chose to rebel against him, and they were finally destroyed by their sin (Psalm 106:43; NLT).

If I was never fearful

Watch yourselves,
or you also may be tempted
(Galatians 6:1; NLT).

If I was never fearful, Lord,
I might begin to think
That I don’t need you;

And if I never sinned at all,
I might forget
That you, alone, remit;

And if I never suffered, Lord,
I might presume
That I can do without you,

So trials are blessings in disguise:
They make me cling to you, Lord,
And submit.


Submit to God,
and you will have peace

(Job 22:21; NLT).

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).


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).


You will heal my sickness (#6 of 6 linked prayers)

He will heal us
(Hosea 6:1; NLT).

You will heal my sickness,
My depression, fear, and pain;

You will cleanse my sins, Lord God, 
And give me strength again;

You will ransom me from death,
And give me life anew –

When you call my spirit home,
To reunite with you.

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

Please heal my sickness (#5 of 6 linked prayers)

He forgives all my sins
and heals all my diseases
(Psalm 103:3; NLT).

Please heal my sickness,
My wretchedness,
My pain;

Forgive my sins;
Renew my youth;
Restore my strength again.

Please rescue me from death:
Look down from heaven above,

Cut short my anguish;
End my pain;
And crown me with your love.

He redeems me from death
and crowns me with love
(Psalm 103:4; NLT).