In silence

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

1. In silence, Lord,
I start afresh,
Seeking you
With every breath.

2. In stillness, Lord,
I try again,
Whispering
Your holy name.

3. In solitude,
I aim, once more,
To find you, Lord,
And to adore.

4. In darkness, Lord,
I hope anew,
And, reaching out,
I wait for you.


References

1. Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

Search for the Lord (Psalm 105:4; NLT).

2. Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10; NIV).

Yahweh is his name (Exodus 15:3; NLT).

3. When you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private (Matthew 6:6; NLT).

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

We adore you (1 Chronicles 29:11; NLT).

4. Sit now in darkness (Isaiah 47:5; NLT).

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

Reach out for him (Acts 17:27; NIV).

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

I’d rather wait (for A.)

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Wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

1. I’d rather wait for you, Lord,
Than have power.

2. I’d rather wait for you,
Than have great wealth.

3. I’d rather wait for you, Lord,
Than have knowledge.

4. I’d rather wait for you,
Than have good health.


References

1. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5; NIV).

2. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3; NIV).

3. Anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it (Mark 10:15; NIV).

4. When I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10; NLT).

Waiting (#2 of 2 linked prayers) Blog

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Wait for the Lord (Psalm 37:34; NIV).

1. I wait in silence,
Ready to share your joy.

2. I wait in stillness,
Ready to share your life.

3. I wait, alone, Lord,
Ready to share your dread.

4. I wait in darkness,
Ready to share your light.


References

1. Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit (Luke 10:21; NLT).

I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! (John 15:11; NLT).

2. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

When Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory (Colossians 3:4; NLT).

3. When you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private (Matthew 6:6; 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).

4. You have taken away my companions and my loved ones. Darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88:18; NLT).

I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life (John 8:12; NLT).

Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light (Micah 7:8; NLT).

Waiting (#1of 2 linked prayers)

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Wait for the Lord (Psalm 37:34; NIV).

I long for the Lord more than sentries long for the dawn
(Psalm 130:6; NLT).

1. I wait in silence,
Longing to hear your voice.

2. I wait in stillness,
Longing to share your life.

3. I wait, alone, Lord,
Longing to take your hand.

4. I wait in darkness,
Longing to see your light.


References

1. Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

After the fire [came] a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; NKJV).

2. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies (2 Corinthians 4:10; NLT).

3. When you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private (Matthew 6:6; NLT).

I will take you by the hand (Isaiah 42:6; NLT).

4. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light (Micah 7:8; NLT).

Waiting (with thanks to A.)

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The dust will return to the earth,
and the spirit will return to God who gave it
(
Ecclesiastes 12:7; NLT).

1. Lord,
I’m always yearning
To see you face to face.

2. Lord,
I’m always pining
To rest in your embrace.

3. Lord,
I’m always longing
To kiss your only Son.

4. Lord,
I’m always waiting –
Yet we’re already one.


References

1. I yearn for the Lord, more than watchmen do for the morning (Psalm 130:6; NET).

Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).

2. Be gracious to me, Lord, for I am pining away (Psalm 6:2; NASB).

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

He returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NLT).

3. I long and yearn for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh cry out for the living God (Psalm 84:2; CSB).

As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him? (Psalm 42:1-2; NLT).

She knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet (Luke 7:38; NLT).

4. I will wait for the Lord (Isaiah 8:17; NLT).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

Waiting

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Wait patiently for the Lord (Psalm 27:14; NLT).

1. Here I am, Lord,
Waiting
In silence,
For your voice.

2. Here I am, Lord,
Waiting
In stillness,
Till you stir.

3. Here I am, Lord,
Waiting
All alone,
For your embrace.

4. Here I am, Lord,
Waiting
In the dark,
To see your face.


References

1. Here I am, Lord (Acts 9:10; NIV).

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

After the fire [came] a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; NKJV).

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

2. Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10; NIV).

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 5:4; NKJV).

I am the Lord your God, who stirs up the sea (Isaiah 51:15; NLT).

The Lord is the one who shaped the mountains [and] stirs up the winds (Amos 4:13; NLT).

3. When you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private (Matthew 6:6; NLT).

He returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NLT).

4. Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night (Luke 6:12; NLT).

I will see your face (Psalm 17:15; NKJV).

Draw near

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My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
why are you so far away when I groan for help?
(Psalm 22:1; NLT).

1. Lord,
When I feel far from you,
Please help me to draw near,
For you are waiting patiently
Until I see you’re here.

2. Lord,
When I feel far from you,
Please help me to draw near,
For you are waiting patiently
To help me face each fear.

3. Lord,
When I feel far from you,
Please help me to draw near,
For you are waiting patiently
For me, year after year.


References

1. The Lord must wait for you to come to him (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

2. I hold you by your right hand – I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you’ (Isaiah 41:13; NLT).

3. The Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me (Psalm 16:8; NLT).

In solitude

1. In solitude, be silent,
Still,
And wait upon the Lord,
Until

2. You’re overwhelmed
With waves of light:
Intense, majestic,
Golden, bright.

3. Absorb God’s love
As you breathe in:
Forget your cares,
Your pain, your sin.

4. Then talk to him
As you breathe out:
Share every longing,
Fear, and doubt.

5. Listen to
His still, small voice;
Accept his remedies;
Rejoice

6. And learn from him
With humble grace,
For, one day,
You will see his face.


References

1. When you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private (Matthew 6:6; NLT).

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

2. God shines in glorious radiance (Psalm 50: 2; NLT).

Golden splendour comes from the mountain of God. He is clothed in dazzling splendour (Job 37:22; NLT).

3. Unfailing love, O Lord, is yours (Psalm 62:12; NLT).

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

4. Pray about everything. Tell God what you need (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

You desire honesty from the womb (Psalm 51:6; NLT).

5. Listen to his voice (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

After the fire [came] a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; NKJV).

God talks with man (Deuteronomy 5:24; DBY).

Wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy (Proverbs 2:10; NLT).

He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

6. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle (Matthew 11:29; NIV).

Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).

Remember, we will all stand before the judgement seat of God (Romans 14:10; NLT).

One with God

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1. You watch us, Lord;
We watch for you.

2. You long for us;
We long for you.

3. You wait for us;
We wait for you.

4. You hear our voice,
And we hear you.

5. You love us, Lord,
And we love you.

6. You share our pain;
We share yours, too.

7. You live in us;
We live in you.

8. You’re one with us;
We’re one with you.


References

1I will advise you and watch over you (Psalm 32:8; NLT).

Don’t let him find you sleeping when he arrives without warning […] Watch for him! (Mark 13:36-7; NLT).

2The Lord longs to be gracious to you (Isaiah 30:18: NIV).

As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God (Psalm 42:1; NET).

3. The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

For God alone my soul waits in silence (Psalm 62:1; ESV).

4. He hears my voice (Psalm 116:1; NLT).

God speaks again and again (Job 33:14; NLT).

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

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

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

Since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too (1 Peter 4:1; NLT).

Jesus told them, “You will indeed drink from my bitter cup” Matthew 20:23; NLT).

7. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

8. Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV). 

Asking and listening

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Lord,

1. May my prayers
Be less about asking,
And more about listening;

2. My worship
Less about speaking,
And more about waiting;

3. My witness
Less about talking,
And more about loving;

4. And my life
Less about wanting,
And more about giving.

References

1. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him (Matthew 6:8; NIV).

O that today you would listen as he speaks! (Hebrews 4:7; NET).

2. For God alone my soul waits in silence (Psalm 62:1; NIV).

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

3. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples (John 13:35; NLT).

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

4. God loves a person who gives cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7; NLT).

Blessed are those who are generous (Proverbs 22:9; NLT).