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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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Peace, be still

Wait patiently (Psalm 37:7; NLT).

Their hearts are troubled like a wild sea in a raging storm (Jeremiah 49:23; NLT).

He displays his power in the whirlwind and the storm (Nahum 1:3; NLT).

As my glorious presence passes by, I will hide you in the crevice of the rock and cover you with my hand (Exodus 33:22; NLT).

Peace, be still (Mark 4:39; KJV).

 

Please help me
To wait patiently
While this storm
Passes by,
As I repeat
Your words, Lord –
Peace, be still.

 

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Like you

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

My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will (Matthew 26:39; NIV).

The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20; NLT).

 

Lord,
Help me to face
My suffering patiently,
So I become a little more
Like you.

Lord,
Help me to face
My suffering valiantly,
So I learn to transcend it –
Just like you.

 

 

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Transformation

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

Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think (Romans 12:2. NLT).

He will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit (Ephesians 3:16; NLT).

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

Those who shed tears as they plant will shout for joy when they reap the harvest (Psalm 126:5; NLT).

 

Lord,
By the mysterious action
Of your love,
You slowly help us
To transform our suffering
And weakness
Into patient inner strength,
And even joy!

 

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Laid bare

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

Be silent before the Lord, all humanity (Zechariah 2:13; NLT).

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

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

 

When all my deeds
Have been laid bare
And stripped away,
Nothing remains
But stillness, Lord,
And you.

When all my words
Have been laid bare
And stripped away,
Nothing remains
But silence, Lord,
And you.

When all my thoughts
Have been laid bare
And stripped away,
Nothing remains
But patience, Lord,
And you.

When all my prayers
Have been laid bare
And stripped away,
Nothing remains
But darkness, Lord –
And you.

 

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