Every breath


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).

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion.
(Ephesians 6:18; NLT).

Let every breath
Become a prayer:
Feelings, thoughts, words, deeds –
The same.

Let every sigh
Become a prayer,
As we hold fast
To Jesus’ name.

Let every stress
Become a prayer:
Pain, sickness, sorrow,
Sins and fears.

Let every test
Become a prayer –
Because our Father
Always hears.

🖤

The angel also said, “You are now pregnant and will give birth to a son.
You are to name him Ishmael (which means ‘God hears’),
for the Lord has heard your cry of distress.”
(Genesis 16:11; NLT).

We are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for (1 John 5:14; NLT).


Life is short

How frail is humanity! How short is life, how full of trouble!
(Job 14:1; NLT).

No one can live forever; all will die.
(Psalm 89:48; NLT).

Life is short;
From birth, I face its end.
Life is hard,
But I am in your hand.
Life is a test,
Yet you, Lord, care from on high:
Sharing my sorrows;
Hearing every sigh.

Life is short,
And death is drawing near.
Life is hard,
But I am safe, with you.
Life is a test,
Yet you, Lord, come from above:
Sharing my anguish;
Pouring out your love.

Life is short;
My days are numbered here.
Life is hard,
But I need have no fear.
Life is a test,
Yet you, Lord, suffer within:
Sharing my pain, my failure,
And my sin.

Life is short;
My time on earth is brief.
Life is hard,
But I belong to you.
Life is a test,
Yet you, Lord, dwell in my soul:
Sharing my life and death,
To make me whole.

🖤

He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5; RSV).

 


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).

 


Countless faces

There is […] one God and Father,
who is over all and in all
and living through all.
(Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

1. One God, with countless faces,
We look at you in all;
But we don’t recognise you, Lord,
Because our love is small.

2. One God, with countless voices,
We hear you every day;
But we don’t recognise you, Lord,
No matter what we say.

3. One God, with countless sorrows,
We meet you everywhere;
But we don’t recognise you, Lord,
Though we believe we care.

4. One God, through countless ages,
We claim to long for you;
But we don’t recognise you, Lord,
No matter what you do.

❤️


References

1. They will look, but not see (Luke 8:10; CEV).

2. God speaks again and again, though people do not recognise it (Job 33:14; NLT).

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

I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me (Matthew 25:45; NLT). 

4. The Lord our God is one (Mark 12:29; NIV).

As a deer longs for flowing streams, so I long for you, God (Psalm 42:1; CSB).

When you see what I do, you will not comprehend (Acts 28:26; NLT).

 


 

You’re here

God is with us
(Isaiah 7:14; NLT).

Father God,
You’re here, in sorrow:
Heal us through your holy name.

Son of Man,
You’re here, in sickness:
Share our anguish, and our pain.

Holy Ghost,
You’re here, in darkness:
Guide us with your staff and rod.

Three-In-One,
You’re here, within us:
Light our path to you, Lord God.

💜

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


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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Hope


Give all your worries and cares to God,
for he cares about you
(1 Peter 5:7; NLT).

Lord,
Whatever life may bring,
I want share it all with you,

For, whatever hardships come,
You will always help me through.

Lord,
Whatever I must face,
You will strengthen me to cope,

So, in sickness and distress,
Your constant presence gives me hope.

Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
for my hope is in him
(Psalm 62:5; NLT).


In the darkness

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

Lord,
You’re in the darkness
That surrounds me:
I rejoice to have you
As my guide.

Lord,
You’re in the sorrow
That afflicts me:
I delight to journey
By your side.

Lord,
You’re in the loneliness
That fills me:
I exult to know you
As my friend.

Lord,
You’re in the silence
That engulfs me:
So I’m content to stay here,
Till my end.

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
for my hope is from him
(Psalm 62:5; ESV).


Prayer

Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; NIV).

Lord,
I pray for all those who are cold,
Hungry, thirsty, fearful,
Or in pain.

Lord,
I pray for all those who are sick,
Homeless, sad, awaiting help,
In vain.

Lord,
I pray for all those who are poor,
Abused, enslaved,
Whose sorrow never ends.

Help me, Lord, like you,
To care for all,
While loving those who hate me,
As my friends.

Love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you (Luke 6:27-8; NLT).