Broken (#2 of 2 linked prayers)

My health is broken (Psalm 38:7; NLT).

My heart is broken (Lamentations 1:20; NLT).

Father,

I am broken:
Please redeem me.

Heal me with your deep,
Unfailing love.

Then I’ll try again,
And never weary

Of following your Son
To heaven above.

Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34; NLT).

You gave your only Son

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NIV).

Lord,

You gave your only Son
To live and die for all,

And then you raised him
From the dead,

For we still hear
His call.

Lord,

You sent your only Son
To claim us as his own,

And now he waits
Within us all,

To make our hearts
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).


You’ve made me weary

He hath made me weary
(Job 16:7; KJV). 

Lord,

You’ve made me weary
For reasons of your own.
You’ve swept my former life away.
My health and strength are gone.

And yet, you’ve not forsaken me:
I know your love is deep,
For you bring good from everything,
Whilst I, Lord, wait, and weep.

Please help me to accept my lot,
And say, just like your Son:
If I must drink this bitter cup, Lord God,
Thy will be done. 

At death, you’ll take my body home,
Transforming it again.
Then I will share your joy, with no more weariness
Or pain,

For you will heal my heart and mind,
My soul and spirit, too.
Then I’ll be weary, Lord, no more –
For I will be like you.


He will take our weak mortal bodies
and change them into glorious bodies like his own
(Philippians 3:21; NLT).


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).

Brought to a standstill (for S. & A. K.)

Yea, though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me
(Psalm 23:4; KJV).

1. Brought to a standstill.
Forced to rest:
The Lord will help you
Through this test.

2. Sharing all your pain
And fear:
His Son is with you,
Ever near.

3. He knows your weakness;
Hears your cries:
His Spirit prays for you
With sighs.

4. Protecting you
Beneath his wing:
Our God bears all
Your suffering.


References

1. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world (John 16:33; NLT).

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand (Isaiah 41:10; NLT).

2. In all their suffering he also suffered, and he personally rescued them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them. He lifted them up and carried them through all the years (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20; NLT).

3. The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; RSV).

4. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armour and protection (Psalm 91:4; NLT).

Blessed be the Lord! Day after day he bears our burdens; God is our salvation (Psalm 68:19; CSB). 

You love me x

We love him,
because he first loved us
(1 John 4:19; KJV).

Lord,

1. You love me, and I love you –
Every word you speak is true.

2. You’re with me, and I’m with you –
In all I feel, think, say, and do.

3. You dwell in me, and I in you –
Timeless, changeless, ever new.

4. I live through you, and you through me –
Your only Son has set me free.

5. I am yours, and you are mine –
In life, in death, and for all time.

6. I’m one with you, and you with me –
Together, for eternity.


References

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

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

2. The Lord is always with me (Psalm 16:8; NLT).

I am always with you (Psalm 73:23; NIV)

3. He that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him (1 John 4:16; AKJV).

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

God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him (1 John 4:9; ESV).

5. I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine (Song of Songs 6:3; NLT).

6. God is love. If we keep on loving others, we will stay one in our hearts with God, and he will stay one with us (1 John 4:16; CEV).

Your perfect will

Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect (Romans 12:2; NLT).

Lord,

I want to do
Your perfect will,

No matter what you send,
To praise you still;

To love, forgive, and serve;
Grow like your Son,

And follow him to you:
Thy will be done.

O my Father,
if this cup may not pass away from me,
except I drink it, thy will be done
(Matthew 26:42; KJV).