agoraphobia, depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, cycling,, Prayer

Mental health

Speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

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Lord,

In order
To improve
Our mental health

We need to face
Our feelings
And our thoughts,

So we can speak
The truth in love
To others,

And make
Much-needed changes
In our lives.

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Your ways

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine” (Isaiah 55:8; NLT).

Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand (Philippians 4:7; NLT).

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

God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us (1 John 4:13; NLT).

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever (Psalm 73:26; NLT).

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Lord,

Your ways
Are far beyond
My understanding;

Your peace
Is far beyond
What I can share.

Your light
Is far beyond
My human vision;

Your fire
Is far beyond
What I can bear.

Your thoughts
Are far beyond
My comprehension;

Your years
Are far beyond
What I can chart.

Your love
Is far beyond
My weak discernment;

Yet your Spirit
Dwells forever
In my heart.

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Thoughts, words, and deeds

Lord,
Please help me today
To notice my judgemental thoughts,
So I can hold them in check,
Changing them to blessings
Instead. 

Lord,
Please help me today
To know when I’m about to speak hurtfully,
So I can hold my words in check,
Finding something positive to say,
Instead.

And, Lord,
Please help me today
To stop myself from doing anything unkind,
Holding my impulses in check,
Then offering help,
Instead.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Contemplation

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you
(Isaiah 26:3; NLT).


Lord,
In contemplation,
I watch my memories, worries,
Thoughts, and feelings
Drifting by –
Until they’re out of sight.

I needn’t add to them,
Or go with them,
Or try to block them from awareness,
Or hurry them away.

I just observe them, one by one,
As they drift by,
Until they’re out of sight,
Leaving me in perfect peace,
With you.

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Thoughts, words and deeds

For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts (Mark 7:21; NLT).

I am determined not to sin in what I say (Psalm 17:3; NLT).

They defiled themselves by their evil deeds (Psalm 106:39; NLT).


Lord,
I’m determined
Not to indulge
In unkind thoughts today.

Please help me
To think the best of everyone
Instead.

Lord,
I’m determined
Not to indulge
In angry words today.

Please help me
To speak with gentleness
Instead.

Lord,
I’m determined
Not to indulge
In heartless deeds today.

Please help me
To offer love to everyone
Instead.

For your Son’s sake,
Amen.

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Wrestling

So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak (Genesis 32:24; NIV). 

How long must I wrestle with my thoughts? (Psalm 13:2; NIV).

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

…the kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; KJV).


Lord,
During contemplation,
I wrestle with myself –
Struggling with each intruding thought,
As I seek you in the silence
That is far beyond words.

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Unconditional love

This prayer hit me just as I was going off to sleep a couple of nights ago, so I had to put the light back on, and write it down immediately, before it disappeared from my memory! 

Unconditional love

You have searched me, LORD, and you know me (Psalm 139:1; NIV).

…you perceive my thoughts from afar (Psalm 139:2; NIV).

Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely (Psalm 139:4; NIV).

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there (Psalm 139:7-8; NIV). 

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10; NIV).

Father,
There is nothing in my past, present or future,
Nothing in my heart, soul, body or mind,
That I would ever want to hide from you –
Even if it were possible.

You know all about me,
Yet you love me unconditionally,
So I can always tell you anything, 
And everything,
Without fear.

Thank you, Lord, 
For your matchless love,
Care and understanding.

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