Prayer

Unworthy

Unworthy

In the same way, when you obey me you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have only done our duty’ (Luke 17:10; NLT).

But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me,  for I am a sinner’ (Luke 18:13; NLT).

Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the LORD your God and serve only him’ ” (Luke 4:8; NLT).


Lord,
I am your unworthy servant;
I don’t even do my duty!

Have mercy on me;
Heal and forgive me.

Help me to start afresh,
And to serve you alone.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Prayer

Dust

Hello everyone. Today there are two short reflections on the same theme:


Dust

“Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home” (Matthew 8:8; NLT).

Then Abraham spoke again. “Since I have begun, let me speak further to my Lord, even though I am but dust and ashes” (Genesis 18:27; NLT).

Serve only the LORD your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

…lead me along the path of everlasting life (Psalm 139:24; NLT).


Lord,
I am not worthy
To approach you.

Let me be a speck of dust
Clinging to your sandal,

So I can follow the path of everlasting life
In your presence every day.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.


Dust 

For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

If any household or town refuses to welcome you or listen you your message, shake its dust from your feet as you leave (Matthew 10:14; NLT).

Though they stumble they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand
(Psalm 37:24; NLT).


Lord,
You know how weak I am.

I’m only a speck of dust
Clinging to your sandal.

When I let you down,
Please don’t shake me off.

When I stumble,
Please don’t let me fall.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Prayer

Happiness

Happiness

My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him (Psalm 28: 7; NIV).

He [Jesus] is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie
(John 1:27; NIV).

The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17; NIV).

Father,
I’m bursting with happiness
Because you love me unconditionally,
Even though I’m entirely unworthy
Of your delight.

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Ash Wednesday

The germ of this prayer came to me during an Ash Wednesday service this week. I had to jot it down quickly, so I didn’t forget it.

Ash Wednesday

Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired hands (Luke 15:18-19; NIV).

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all” (Mark 9:35; NIV).

Father,
I have sinned against others,
Against heaven,
And against you.

Even when I do my very best,
It’s totally inadequate.

I’m not worthy
To be called your daughter,
Your hired hand,
Or even your servant.

Instead,
I will gladly obey you,
As your willing slave.

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