Temptation (#1 of 2 linked prayers)

Hear my plea
(Psalm 28:2; NET).

Father God, in weakness,
Jesus, in dismay,
Spirit, in temptation:
Hear my plea.

Father God, in anger,
Jesus, in alarm,
Spirit, in temptation:
Come to me. 

Father God, in sorrow,
Jesus, in distress,
Spirit, in temptation:
You are near.

Father God, in failure,
Jesus, in despair,
Spirit, in temptation:
You are here.

Even when I walk through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me
(Psalm 23:4; NLT).

Underneath our troubles

Underneath you are his eternal arms
(Deuteronomy 33:27; NET).

1. Underneath our troubles,
When we must face the test
Of worry, fear, or loneliness:
Lord, may we find your rest.

2. Underneath our sorrows,
When we live with the pain
Of anguish, loss, or suffering:
May we find hope again.

3. Underneath our questions,
When we go far astray
Through error, sin, or unbelief:
Lord, may we find your way.

4. Underneath our burdens,
When we approach each chore
With heavy heart, or weariness:
May we find peace, once more.

Keep on seeking and you will find
(Matthew 7:7; NLT).

References

1. My life is full of troubles (Psalm 88:3; NLT).

The Lord tests the heart (Proverbs 17:3; NLT).

I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

2. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

You care about the anguish of my soul (Psalm 31:7; NLT).

I will put my hope in God (Psalm 42:5; NLT).

3. They finally discovered him in the Temple, sitting among the religious leaders, listening to them and asking questions (Luke 2:46; NLT).

I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief! (Mark 9:24; NLT).

Jesus told him, “I am the way” (John 14:6; NLT).

4. Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

The peace I give is a gift the world cannot give (John 14:27; NIV).

Transformation (with thanks to A.K.)


“Only God can turn the dark night into glorious heavenly light”
(Alan Kearns).

Lord,

1. Turn our anguish
Into peace;
Our darkness
Into dazzling light.

2. Turn our sorrow
Into joy;
Our blindness
Into perfect sight.

3. Turn our judgements
Into love;
Our sickness
Into welcome rest,

4. And turn our dying
Into life eternal,
When we’ve faced
Each test.


References

1. Lord, see my anguish! My heart is broken and my soul despairs (Lamentations 1:20; NLT).

The Lord turns my darkness into light (2 Samuel 22:29; NIV).

2. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me – now let me rejoice (Psalm 51:8; NLT).

The Lord gives sight to the blind (Psalm 146:8; NIV).

3. Do not judge others, and you will not be judged (Luke 6:37; NLT).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).

The Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said: “You will be delivered by returning and resting; your strength will lie in quiet confidence” (Isaiah 30:15; CSB).

4. Our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies (1 Corinthians 15:53; NLT).

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying” (John 11:25; NLT).

The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul (Deuteronomy 13:3; NIV).

Sacred source

1. Lord, you are my sacred source,
My Maker, and my God.
You give me life, and breath, and food;
A mind, a heart, a voice.

2. You give me faith; a conscience, Lord;
Remorse, forgiveness, hope.
You give me independence, and invention,
Insight, choice.

3. You give me trials and sorrows, Lord;
You give me joy and peace.
You give me worship, prayer, and praise;
Delight, and comfort, too.

4. You give me help; salvation, Lord,
And your unfailing love.
Then you embrace my soul in death,
For I am one with you.


References

1. Everything we have has come from you (1 Chronicles 29:14; NLT).

He himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else (Acts 17:25; NIV).

2. It is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8; NIV).

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10; NLT).

3. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3; NLT).

4. He helps me (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

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

In danger

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🤎

1. In danger,
May I know, Lord,
The protection
Of your rod.

2. In sorrow,
May I trust
The consolation
Of your staff.

3. In sickness,
May I share
The tribulation
Of your cross.

4. In anguish,
May I grasp
The desolation
Of your loss.

🤎


References

1. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod…

2. …and your staff protect and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy (Psalm 94:19; NIV).

3. If we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering (Romans 8:17; NLT).

4. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).

Turn to God

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🍁

Turn to God
(Matthew 3:2; NLT).

1. Father,
May I turn to you
When I am feeling low.

2. Jesus,
May I turn to you
As I receive each blow.

3. Spirit,
May I turn to you
In sorrow, fear, and pain.

4. So, Lord,
May I turn to you –
Again, again, again.

Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them
(Isaiah 55:7; NIV).

🍁


References

1. When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the Lord your God and obey his voice (for the Lord your God is a merciful God), he will not forsake you (Deuteronomy 4:30-31; NKJV).

2. They spit on him and took the staff and struck him on the head with it again and again (Matthew 27:30; NLT).

He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman Soldiers to be crucified (Mark 15:15; NLT).

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there [and] Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:33-4; NIV).

3. They will turn to the Lord and he will respond to their pleas and heal them (Isaiah 19:22; NIV).

4. Turn me again to you and restore me, for you alone are the Lord my God (Jeremiah 31:18; NLT).

Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again (Revelation 3:3; NLT).

May I persevere (#2 of 2 linked prayers)

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🧡

You need to persevere,
so that when you have done the will of God,
you will receive what he has promised
(Hebrews 10:36; NIV).

1. In darkness,
May I persevere, Lord,
Trusting in your faith,
Not mine.

2. In sorrow
May I persevere, Lord,
Clinging to your hope,
Not mine.

3. In dryness,
May I persevere, Lord,
Living in your love,
Not mine.

4. In sickness,
May I persevere, Lord,
Till we meet,
Beyond all time.

🧡

All glory to him who alone is God, our Saviour
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his
before all time, and in the present,
and beyond all time! Amen
(Jude 1:25; NLT).

Three things will last forever –
faith, hope, and love –
and the greatest of these is love
(1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

May I persevere (#1 of 2 linked prayers)

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❤️

You need to persevere,
so that when you have done the will of God,
you will receive what he has promised
(Hebrews 10:36; NIV).

1. In darkness,
May I persevere,
Walking, always, Lord,
In faith.

2. In sorrow,
May I persevere,
Waiting, always, Lord,
In hope.

3. In dryness,
May I persevere,
Living, always, Lord,
In love.

4. In sickness,
May I persevere,
Until we meet
Beyond death’s flood.

❤️

The end will come like a flood (Daniel 9:26; NIV).

Three things will last forever –
faith, hope, and love –
and the greatest of these is love

(1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

At peace (for A. and R.)

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💛

To […] accept your lot in life –
this is indeed a gift from God
(Ecclesiastes 5:19; NLT).

Lord,

1. May I be at peace with life,
And even with myself.

2. May I be at peace with sorrow,
Fear, and loss of health.

3. May I be at peace with others,
Seeing you in everyone;

4. And may I be at peace with you –
Dear Father, Spirit, much-loved Son.

💛


References

1. Love your neighbour as yourself (Luke 10:27; NLT).

2. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised  (Job 1:21; NIV).

3. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone (Romans 12:18; NIV).

4. Submit to God and be at peace with him (Job 22:21; NIV).

Make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him (2 Peter 3:14; NIV).

Who knows?

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💛

1. Who knows what I will see
And hear today?

2. Who knows what tests I’ll meet
Along my way?

3. Who knows what joys or sorrows
Will draw near?

4. Who knows when death will come?
Yet I’ll not fear!

5. Who knows what I will think,
Or say, or do?

6. Who knows all those I’ll meet,
And loves them, too?

7. Who knows what bliss or pain
This day will bring?

8. Who knows when death will come?
None but my King!

💛


References

1. Keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return (Matthew 25:13; NLT).

2. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul (Deuteronomy 13:3; NIV).

3. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? (Job 2:10; NIV).

I am the one who wounds and heals (Deuteronomy 32:39; NLT).

4. I am an old man and don’t know the day of my death (Genesis 27:2; NIV).

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

5. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:4; NIV).

You, Lord, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you (Psalm 69:5; NIV).

6. Love the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; NKJV).

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

7. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).

8. No one knows the day or the hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows (Mark13:32; NLT).

There is no God but me, a righteous God and Saviour. There is none but me (Isaiah 45:21; NLT).

God [is] the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings (1 Timothy 6:15; NIV).