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).

Forgive my ignorance

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✝️

1. Please forgive my ignorance,
And teach me, Lord, to follow you.

2. Please forgive my weaknesses;
Help me to serve in all I do.

3. Please forgive my selfishness,
Then I’ll see you in everyone.

4. Please forgive my carelessness,
So I will grow like you, God’s Son.

5. Please forgive my foolishness:
May I reflect your wise concern;

6. And please forgive my sinfulness:
Don’t punish me, but help me learn.

✝️


References

1. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them (Ephesians 4:18; NIV).

Teach me how to live, O Lord. Lead me along the right path (Psalm 27:11; NLT).

2. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all the same testings we do (Hebrews 4:15; NLT).

3. Then he [Jesus] said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23; NLT).

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

4. We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

5. People ruin their lives by their own foolishness (Proverbs 19:3; NLT).

All of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them (Exodus 2:25; NIV).

6. The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbour his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities (Psalm 103:8-10; NIV).

Your breath in my body

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🧡

God is love,
and all who live in love live in God,
and God lives in them
(1 John 4:16; NLT).

1. Your breath
In my body,

2. Your life
In my blood;

3. Your strength
In my weakness,

4. Your fire
In my love;

5. Your light
In my blindness,

6. Your truth
In my soul;

7. Your Word
In my heart, Lord —

8. At last,
I am whole.

🧡


References

1. The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life (Job 33:4; NLT).

2. The Word gave life to everything that was created (John 1:4; NLT).

Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you (John 6:53; NIV).

The life of the body is in its blood (Leviticus 17:11; NLT).

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

3. My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

4. Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame (Song of Songs 8:6; NLT).

5. I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth (Isaiah 42:16; NIV).

6. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth (John 16:13; NLT).

You have received the Holy Spirit and he lives within you (1 John 2:27; NLT).

I am the way the truth and the life (John 14:6; NIV).

7. I have hidden your word in my heart (Psalm 119:11; NLT).

He is the Word of life (1 John 1:1; NLT).

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

8. Then at last everyone will say, “There truly is a reward for those who live for God” (Psalm 58:11; NLT).

Upon him was the chastisement that made us whole (Isaiah 53:5; RSV).

God alone (with thanks to A.K.)

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🤎

Be sure that your faith is in God alone
(James 1:6; NLT).

1. God, alone,
Turns anguish into joy.

2. God, alone,
Turns darkness into light.

3. God, alone,
Turns hatred into love.

4. God, alone,
Turns blindness into sight.

5. God, alone,
Turns sickness into health.

6. God, alone,
Turns weakness into might.

7. God, alone,
Turns exile into home.

8. God, alone,
Turns dying into life.

🤎


References

1. It will be like a woman suffering the pains of labour. When her child is born, her anguish gives way to joy because she has brought a new baby into the world (John 16:21; NLT).

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

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

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

5. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

6. To keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh. […] Three times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me […] for when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:7-10; NLT).

7. 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).

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

May I catch your whisper

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🌘

1. Father,
May I catch your whisper
In the chatter
Of my mind.

2. Father,
May I sense your presence
In the beating
Of my heart.

3. Father,
May I glimpse your splendour
In the darkness
Of my soul.

4. Father,
May I know your power
In my weakness:
Make me whole.

🌘


References

1. After the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper (1 Kings 19:12; NLT).

The Lord knows people’s thoughts; he knows they are worthless! (Psalm 94:11; NLT).

2. Rejoice in his presence (Psalm 68:4; NLT).

I am oppressed and needy, and my heart beats violently within me (Psalm 109:22; NET).

3. His brilliant splendour fills the heavens (Habakkuk 3:3; NLT).

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

4. The Lord’s hand is powerful (Joshua 4:24; NLT).

In order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh. […] Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9; NIV).

Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak. Heal me, O Lord, for my bones are in agony (Psalm 6:2; NLT).

Inner space


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💙

1. You alone
Give inner space,
Faith, forgiveness, Lord,
And grace

2. To help us serve you
Every day,
By following
Your humble way.

3. You alone
Give inner peace,
Love, acceptance,
And release

4. From every weakness,
Fear, and sin,
For you, our Saviour,
Live within.

💙


References

1. 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).

He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:2; NLT).

2. You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him (Luke 4:8; NLT).

Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9; NLT).

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

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

4. The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26; NLT).

You will stand firm and without fear (Job 11:15; NIV).

You have been set free from sin (Romans 6:18; NIV).

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

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

You have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you (1 John 2:27; NLT).

With you

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1. With you, night is as radiant
As sunshine,
And suffering as fruitful, Lord,
As health.

2. Silence is as lyrical
As singing,
And poverty as priceless, Lord,
As wealth.

3. Weakness is as powerful
As vigour,
And bad events as treasured, Lord,
As good;

4. Whilst heartbreak is as valuable
As rapture –
But nothing is as precious, Lord,
As love.


References

1. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you
(Psalm 139:12; NLT).

In all things God works for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28; NIV).

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

Sing to the Lord, all the earth (1 Chronicles 16:23; NIV).

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

3. I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong (2 Corinthians 12:10; KJV).

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NIV).

4. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted (Matthew 5:4; NIV).

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6; NIV).

God is fire

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1. God is fire,
Blazing in darkness.

2. God is light,
Showing the way.

3. God is peace,
Reigning forever.

4. God is truth,
Helping us pray.

5. God is strong,
Knowing our weakness.

6. God is good,
Cleansing our sin.

7. God is kind,
Sharing our sorrows.

8. God is love,
Waiting within.


References

1. God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV). 

2. God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).

3. The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

4. The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

5. God is mighty (Job 36:5; NLT).

6. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good (1 Chronicles 16:34; RSV).

7. How kind the Lord is (Psalm 116:5; NLT).

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

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

The Kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

Burn my sins


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1. Burn my sins to ash, Lord,
With your fire,
And chase away my darkness
With your light.

2. Mend my foolish thoughts, Lord,
With your truth,
And make up for my weakness
With your might.

3. Heal my broken heart, Lord,
With your love,
And comfort my poor body
With your peace.

4. Fill my wretched soul, Lord,
With your hope,
And dwell in me forever,
My High Priest.


References

1. God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV). 

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).

2. The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

Power and might are in your hand (1 Chronicles 29:12; NLT).

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

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

4. God [is] the source of hope (Romans 15:13; NLT).

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

Jesus […] has become our eternal High Priest (Hebrews 6:20; NLT).

In loneliness

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


1. In loneliness,
I search, Lord, for your presence.

2. In weakness, Lord,
I long to sense your might.

3. In silence, Lord,
I yearn to hear you speaking.

4. In darkness, Lord,
I wait to see your light.


References

1. I lie awake, lonely as a solitary bird on the roof (Psalm 102:7; NLT).

Seek his presence continually (Psalm 105:4; RSV).

2. Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak (Psalm 6:2; NLT).

Seek the Lord and his strength (Psalm 105:4; RSV).

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

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

4. Darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88:18; NLT).

I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning (Psalm 130:6; NIV).