Your breath is my soul

You formed me, Father,
Then I came to birth.

The cord was cut –
Survival was my goal.

You breathed the breath of life
Into my body,

And thus your Spirit, Lord,
Became my soul.

May I always know
Your Spirit’s presence;

May I pray in him
Till my last breath.

Then my bones will go back 
To the dust, Lord, 

But my soul will merge with you
Beyond my death. 

References

The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7; WEB).

The Spirit of God lives in you (1 Corinthians 3:16; NLT).

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion (Ephesians 6:18; NLT). 

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

When I’m slow

 

Lord, 

When I’m slow 
To recognise 
Your presence,
Please help me 
To seek out your face 
Each day.

When I’m slow 
To recognise 
Your kindness,
Please help me 
To express my thanks 
Each day.

When I’m slow 
To recognise
Your glory,
Please help me 
To heap praise on you 
Each day.

And when I’m slow 
To recognise
Your mercy,
Please help me 
To rejoice in you
Each day.

 

References

Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognised him (Luke 24:31; NLT).

Seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11; NIV).

Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; RSV).

Praise the Lord (Psalm 150:1; NIV).

Rejoice in the Lord (Psalm 33:1; RSV).

Be open

 

Be open
To the presence
Of our God –

The One who makes
The earth, and sea, 
And sky;

The One who shares 
Our lives of pain 
And pleasure;

The One who gave us 
His dear Son –
To die.  

 

References

Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it! (Genesis 28:16; NLT).

There is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we live for him (1 Corinthians 8:6; NLT).

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

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15).

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; RSV).

This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased (Matthew 17:5; NIV).

The Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago (Mark 14:21; NLT).

Hot sweats and chills

Today’s prayer is intended for use by those suffering from hot sweats, which often alternate with periods of extreme coldness. This constant temperature cycle is a very unpleasant, wearisome and disruptive symptom of the menopause, some cancer treatments, and a number of major illnesses. The idea is to turn each sweat and chill into a cue for prayer, initially for the self, but perhaps, eventually, for others too. 

 

Lord,

Burn all there is in me
Of pride, superiority, 
Self-pity, lying, anger, fear,
And let me feel your presence here.

Then I will grow more like your Son,
Whose prayer was: May your will be done;
And, when all my trials are past,
I will see your face, at last. 

 

Lord,

When I feel cold and ill, 
Let me feel your presence still.
Wrap me in your perfect love, 
For this will warm my flesh and blood.

Then, may my constant prayer become: 
Father God, your will be done;
And, when all my trials are past,
I will see your face, at last.

 

References

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

You are close beside me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

May your will be done (Matthew 6:10; NLT).

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

They will see his face (Revelation 22:4; NLT).

She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth (Luke 2:7; NLT).

Pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17; CSB).

I’m in your presence

 

Lord,

I’m in your presence
Day and night,

Living in your darkness,
And your light.

I’m dwelling in your love,
And you in mine,

So, Lord, we are one, 
Beyond all time. 

 

References

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).

In him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28; NIV).

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

God is light (1 John 1:5; NLT). 

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

I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one – as you are in me, Father, and I am in you (John 17:21; NLT). 

For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours (Psalm 90:4; NLT).

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

May we throw out “self”

 

Father,
May we throw out self,
Like cargo from a storm-tossed ship,
Then take on board your only Son –
Lord, save us!

Father, 
May we throw out self,
Like tackle from a flooding ship,
Then take on board your Comforter –
Lord, save us!

Father, 
May we throw out self,
Like treasure from a sinking ship,
Then take on board your presence, Lord – 
Please save us!

 

References

As gale-force winds continued to batter the ship, the crew began throwing the cargo overboard (Acts  27:18; NLT).

Then he [Jesus] climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped (Mark 6:51; NLT).

Lord, save us! We’re going to drown! (Matthew 8:25; NLT).

They even took some of the ship’s gear and threw it overboard (Acts 27:19; NLT). 

I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever (John 14:16; KJV).

What do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? (Mark 8:36; NLT). 

May I find comfort

 

Lord God,

May I find comfort
In your presence,   

Like a babe in arms, 
Or like an unborn child.

 

References 

He comforts us in all our troubles (2 Corinthians 1:4; NLT).

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

Unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 18:3; NLT).

Let the children come to me (Matthew 19:14; NLT).

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content (Psalm 131:2; NIV).

You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13; NIV).