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Trials and sorrows

Lord,

You send us many trials 
And sorrows –
Many opportunities 
To grow.

This means putting all our faith
In you, Lord;
This means trusting you,
And letting go.

When we kick against your will
We suffer –
Anger only adds
To what we face; 

But, when we accept your will  
As Christ did,
We rejoice –
Sufficient is your grace!   

 

References

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

When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).

If you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you (1 Peter 4:19; NLT).

Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his  last (Luke 23:46; NLT).

Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? You are hurting yourself by kicking against the goads (Acts 26:14; NET).

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9; NIV).

 

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Have no fear

Have no fear of fire and earthquake, 
Nor the rising tidal swell –
I am with you, and I love you;
Trust in me; all will be well. 

Have no fear of drought and famine,   
Nor the plague that makes life hell –
I am with you, and I love you;
Trust in me; all will be well. 

Have no fear of man’s betrayal, 
Nor the falsehoods people sell –
I am with you, and I love you;
Trust in me; all will be well. 

Have no fear of persecution, 
Nor the lonely prison cell –
I am with you, and I love you;
Trust in me; all will be well. 

Have no fear of war and bloodshed, 
Nor the blast of bomb and shell –
I am with you, and I love you;
Trust in me; all will be well. 

Have no fear of signs from heaven,  
Nor the stories some will tell –
I am with you, and I love you;
Trust in me; all will be well. 

Hurry, Lord! Take back my spirit;
Carry me to where you dwell –
You love me, and I love you, Lord;
We are one, so all is well. 

 

References

For the basis of this prayer, see Luke 21:9-36; NLT. 

They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord (Psalm 112:7; NLT).

Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared (Proverbs 3:25-6; NIV).

Obey me, and I will be your God, and you will be my people. Do everything as I say, and all will be well! (Jeremiah 7:23; NLT).

Then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NLT).

The Lord my God has given me peace on every side; I have no enemies, and all is well (1 Kings 5:4; NLT).

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Keep on praying

When I lose my way to you completely,
May I keep on praying, Lord, 
With faith. 

When I lose my faith in you completely,
May I keep on praying, Lord, 
With hope.

When I lose my sense of hope completely,
May I keep on praying, Lord, 
With trust.

And when I lose my trust in you completely,
May I keep on praying, Lord, 
With love.

 

References

They have lost their way (Jeremiah 50:6; NLT).

Keep on praying (Romans 12:12; NIV).

Have faith in God (Mark 11:22; NLT).

I will put my hope in God (Psalm 42:5; NLT).

If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord (Isaiah 50:10; NLT).

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

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My sorry life

 

Lord, 
I lay my sorry life
Before you –

Folly, weakness, 
Ignorance, 
And fear.

Sickness, sin, 
Self-pity, 
Deep resentment –

This is the 
Wretched harvest 
Of each year.

Hear me, Lord, 
As I bow down
Before you;

Save me, 
Though I have betrayed 
Your trust. 

Forgive my sins;
Restore and heal 
My body; 

And lift up 
My poor spirit
From the dust.

 

References

You will always harvest what you plant (Galatians 6:7; NLT). 

Hear me, Lord, and have mercy on me (Psalm 30;10; NLT).

Like Adam, you broke my covenant and betrayed my trust (Hosea 6:7; NLT).

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NLT).  

He lifts the poor from the dust (1 Samuel 2:8; NLT).

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In myself, I’m nothing

 

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In myself, I’m nothing, Lord,
For I am but a dream;

Yet I can love you, Father God, 
The One who rules supreme. 

In myself, I’m nothing, Lord, 
For I am less than dust;

Yet I can honour Mary, Lord,
Who gave you all her trust. 

In myself, I’m nothing, Lord,
And few will mourn my loss;

Yet I can serve your only Son,  
Who died upon the cross.

In myself, I’m nothing, Lord,
For I am very weak;

Yet I can host your Spirit, Lord, 
For blessed are the meek. 

 

References

I am nothing but dust and ashes (Genesis 18:27; NIV).

You sweep people away like dreams that disappear (Psalm 90:5; NLT).

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

You, O Lord, are supreme over all the earth (Psalm 83:18; NLT). 

The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us’ (Matthew 1:23; NLT).

He took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed (Luke 1:48; NLT).

Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true” (Luke 1:38; NLT). 

He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him (1 Timothy 1:12; NLT).

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT).

He humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross (Philippians 2:8; NLT). 

He knows how weak we are (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

You have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you (1 John 2:27; NLT).

Blessed are the meek (Matthew 5:5; NIV).

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Faith

 

Faith isn’t based 
On getting what we wish for,

But on trusting God, 
Whatever life may bring.

Faith isn’t based 
On getting what we long for,

But on thanking God, 
Whatever life may bring.

Faith isn’t based 
On getting what we ask for,

But on praising God, 
Whatever life may bring.

Faith isn’t based 
On getting what we pray for, 

But on loving God, 
Whatever life may bring.

 

References

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).

Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God (John 14:1; NLT).

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

Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

I was given a thorn in my flesh. […] Three times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9; NLT).

The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord (Job 1:21; NLT).

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

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God’s plan

 

Lord,

Even though 
We cannot understand it,

You have a plan 
In all we undergo;

So we can learn,
Through everything that happens,

To trust in you, rejoice in you,
And grow.

 

References

God is greater than we can understand (Job 36:26; NLT).

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

The Lord will work out his plans for my life (Psalm 138:8; NLT).

God saved us and called us to live a holy life […] That was his plan from before the beginning of time – to show us his grace through Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 1:9; NLT).

“I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11; NLT).

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God (Romans 8:28; NRSV).

Trust in God (John 14:1; NLT).

Rejoice always (1 Thessalonians 5:16; NIV).

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

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