Prayer

Patience

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).

Lord,
Because of ill-heath
And getting old,
I can no longer do
So many of the things
I used to love.

Please help me
To be patient
And accepting,
Making the best I can
Of life each day,
Within my limitations.

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Prayer

Peace

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation
(2 Thessalonians 3:16; 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).

A wise person thinks a lot about death (Ecclesiastes 7:4; NLT).


Father,
Please help me
To live at peace with myself –

By embracing all I’ve experienced,
And all the consequences,
Good and bad;

By coming to terms
With all the limitations
Illness brings;

And by welcoming old age
And death,
With quiet acceptance. 

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Wisdom

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

“But true wisdom and power are found in God; counsel and understanding are his” (Job 12:13; NLT).

Teach us to understand the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom (Psalm 90:12; NLT).

To acquire wisdom is to love oneself (Proverbs 19:8; NLT).

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you (James 1:5; NLT).


Lord,
I’m so tired
Of living with chronic illness.

Please heal me in body and mind –
But if that’s not your will,
Help me to accept my limitations,
And to live within them wisely.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Anxiety

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’ s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NLT).

The churning inside me never stops; days of suffering confront me (Job 30:27; NIV).

‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ (Mark 12; 31; NLT).


Lord,
Thank you for my anxiety.

Even though it’s hard to bear,
I welcome it as a friend.

Help me to listen
To its warning voice,

And to learn
Everything it has to teach me –

About my boundaries,
My limitations,

And how I can protect myself
From further harm.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Self-protection

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

God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us (2 Corinthians 1:3-4; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Matthew 19:19; NLT).


Lord,
Everyone has problems.

Some are willing to work
On personal change.

I can support them
As they grieve,
Accept,
And adapt to
Their new reality.

But others
Don’t want to change.

They only want
To complain bitterly
About what they’ve lost,
Revelling in self-pity
And resentment.

Their company
Is toxic.

Their behaviour
Makes me very anxious,
Ringing all my warning bells
From childhood.

So I stay away from them,
Because I must protect myself,
By listening to my body,
And remembering
My own deep-rooted limitations.

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Assertiveness

Assertiveness

But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!” (Matthew 14:27; NLT).

With your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall
(2 Samuel 22:30; NIV).

The God of Israel gives power and strength to his people (Psalm 68:35; NLT).

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


Lord,
Please give me
The courage and confidence I need
To assert my boundaries with others.

Help me to be honest
About my limits,
Limitations,
Opinions,
Emotions,
And choices.

Then I will be myself with everyone
Speaking the truth in love,
Without suppression,
Anxiety,
Or fear.

I ask this in Jesus’ perfect name,
Amen.

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A counsellor’s prayer

A counsellor’s prayer

But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction (Job 36:15; NIV).

Speak the truth to each other (Zechariah 8:16; NIV).

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

Father,
Please help me
To build therapeutic relationships
With those who suffer.

Help me not to judge,
But to accept them as they are,
So they can slowly learn
To accept themselves more fully.

Help me not to advise,
But to listen;
Not to pretend, or conceal myself,
But to be open and honest,
So they experience
New ways of relating to others.

May I never collude
With those who believe they can do nothing
To help themselves,
Instead encouraging them
To explore the connections between
Their problems, thoughts, feelings,
Symptoms and behaviours,
So they can develop insight,
Change and grow.

Help me to maintain
My own boundaries,
To be aware of my limits and limitations,
To preserve confidentiality,
And to get help
When I am out of my depth.

Finally, Lord,
Please help me
Never to forget those who suffer,
But to pray for them every day.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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