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Inner demons

Today’s prayer is a development from yesterday’s:

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

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil (Matthew 4:1; NLT).

Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation (Matthew 26:41; NLT).

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation (James 1:12; NLT).

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Even you were tempted
By your inner demons, Lord –

The all-too-human urgings
Of your shadow –

So it’s no surprise
That we are tempted too.

Please help us
To endure temptation patiently;

To watch and pray,
So we will not give in;

For then we will become
Much more like you.

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Thy will be done

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

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

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

Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Luke 22:42; NLT).

Patient endurance is what you need now (Hebrews 10:36; NLT).

Thy will be done (Matthew 6:10; KJV).

 

Lord God,
When life brings suffering
And loss,
Please help us to accept
And to endure –
Thy will be done.

Lord God,
When death brings suffering
And loss,
Please help us to accept
And to endure –
Thy will be done.

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Illness

Illness

Yet I said to myself, “This is my sickness, and I must endure it” (Jeremiah:10;19; NIV).

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

For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).


Lord,
When new sickness strikes
On top of chronic ill-health,
As it inevitably will
From time to time,
Please help me to practice
Living by my watchwords –

Patience,
Acceptance,
Endurance;

Rest,
Realism,
And thankfulness.

I ask this
In Jesus’ holy name,
Amen.

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Temptation

Following the theme of Lent, today’s prayer asks God to help us deal with the temptations to which we are all, inevitably, subject.

Temptation

No temptation has over taken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it (1 Corinthians 10:13; NIV).

Father,
You forgive us every time we repent,
But our weak and fallen nature 
Soon leads us to sin again.

Please don’t let us be tempted 
Beyond what we can bear.

Show us the way out, every time,
And help us to endure our trials
For the sake of your dear Son,
Who died for us.
Amen.

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