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Life brings suffering (2)

 

Today’s prayer links back to yesterday’s. Whilst the previous one was about sharing the sufferings of Christ, today’s focuses on sharing the sufferings of others.

 

Father,

Life brings suffering
And pain.

May we bear it, learn from it,
And gain

In empathy and love,
So we can share

The suffering of all,
And show we care.

 

References

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

When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).

Mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15; NRSV).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

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Life brings suffering (1)

Today and tomorrow I will again post two linked prayers. The first is about sharing Christ’s suffering. The second will be about sharing the sufferings of others.

 

Father,

Life brings suffering
And pain.

Christ himself knew anguish,
And was slain.

May I share his trials,
Learn, and grow,

Just as he did, Lord,
So long ago.

 

References

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

Being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground (Luke 22:44; NIV).

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

When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).

Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favour with God and all the people (Luke 2:52; NLT).

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Remember

 

Remember God’s presence
Within you;
Accept good and bad
From his store.

He shares every sorrow
He sends you,
So worship him, praise,
And adore.

Then, though you share
His Son’s passion,
His loneliness, anguish,
And pain,

You will also share
His resurrection,
His glory, his joy,
And his reign.

 

References

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

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

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

As we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too (2 Corinthians 1:5; RSV).

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

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

If we endure hardship, we will reign with him (2 Timothy 2:12; NLT).

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I am content

 

Lord,
I am content
With what you send.

Health and illness
Both flow from your hand;

Poverty and plenty
From above –

You know what I need,
For you are love.

 

Lord,
I am content
With what you give.

Joy and grief
Are lessons I must live;

Disaster, healing touch,
Smooth path, or rough –

You know what I need,
And that’s enough.

 

Lord,
I am content
With what you grant.

May I learn to face
What you command;

For you, Lord, suffer with me,
Like your Son,

And you know what I need –
Your will be done.

 

References

Be it unto me according to thy word (Luke 1:38; KJV).

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances (Philippians 4:11; NIV).

Do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal (Job: 5:17; NIV).

Your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him (Matthew 6:8; NLT).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink, he will still be with you to teach you (Isaiah 30:20; NLT).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases (Isaiah 53:4; NRSV).

Your will be done (Matthew 6:10; NLT).

 

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Waiting for the ambulance

Lord, 

Waiting for the ambulance,
At last, I fully comprehend
That when I die, I’ll leave this life,
And instantly transcend 

Beloved partner, family, home,
The hastily-packed bag,
And all the things I foolishly believed
Could make me glad.

With nothing more to think, or do, 
And nothing more to say,
My mind and heart will cease to be,
My soul, unseen, will slip away,

And I will quit this body, Lord,
Leave time, and space, and mass behind,
To merge with all the universe,
In your unfathomable mind.

 

References

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

The same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself (Ephesians 4:10; NLT).

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

How unsearchable are his judgements, and unfathomable his ways! (Romans 11:33; NASB).

Who has known the mind of the Lord? (Romans 11:34; NIV).

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May we share your Passion

 

May we share your Passion, Lord:
Gethsemane, the cross;

Then we will grasp your sacrifice,
And comprehend your loss.

May we share your glory, Lord:
Your reign in heaven and earth; 

Then we will serve with joyful hearts, 
And fully know your worth. 

 

References

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

Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates to make his people holy by means of his own blood (Hebrews 13:12; NLT).

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

In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus (1 Peter 5:10; NLT).

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18; NLT).

Serve the Lord with gladness! (Psalm 100:2; RSV).

There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her (Luke 10:42; NLT).

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When we lose you

Jesus, 
When we lose you   
In our troubles,
May we search until
We find your peace.

Spirit,
When we lose you 
In our sorrow,
May we search until
We share your love.

Mary,
When we lose you
In our sickness,
May we search until 
We know your grace. 

Father,
When we lose you
In our darkness, 
May we search
Until we see your face.

 

References 

O God, you are my God. I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you (Psalm 63:1; NLT).

If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me (Jeremiah 29:13; NLT).

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

Peace I leave you; my peace I give you (John 14:27; NIV).

He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love (Romans 5:5; NLT).

Here is your mother (John 19:27; NLT). 

Now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; KJV).

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