Thy will be done

 

I never need to worry, Lord, 
But think: Thy will be done.

However painful life may be,
I ask: Thy will be done.

And though the worst may happen, Lord,
I say: Thy will be done. 

Then I rejoice and thank you, Lord,  
And pray: Thy will be done.   

 

References

Thy will be done (Matthew 6:10; KJV).

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).

Anxiety

Anxiety

Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer (Psalm 4:1; NIV).

My soul is in deep anguish. How long, LORD, how long? (Psalm 6:3; NIV).

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42; NIV).

Father,
Have mercy on me
And hear my prayer!

This constant anxiety
Is a cancer in my soul,
Destroying any chance
Of inner peace or joy.

If you are willing,
Please take it from me;
Yet not my will
But yours be done.

Lord,
If I must suffer this distress,
Please help me
To face and listen to it,
Learning all it has to teach me.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Life

Life

For in him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28, NIV).

All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things. When you hide your face, they are terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust (Psalm 104:27-9; NIV).

Then he [Job] fell to the ground in worship and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised” (Job 1:20-21; NIV).

Lord,
My life is entirely
In your hands.

Please show me your will,
And help me
To follow it.

That’s all I ask.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Darkness

Darkness

God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us (Acts 17:27; NIV).

Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28; NIV).

My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek (Psalm 27:8; NIV).

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

You, LORD, are my lamp; the LORD turns my darkness into light (2 Samuel 22:29; NIV).

Father,
I reach out to you,
To you alone,
My Lord and my God,
Seeking your face
In the darkness.

Please turn my darkness
Into light –
By showing me your will,
And helping me
To follow it,
Today, and every day.

I ask this in your Son’s holy name,
Amen.

 

Listening

Listening 

Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him (Deuteronomy 30:19-20; NIV).

The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out (John 10:3; NIV).

Father,
I focus my mind,
My heart
And my soul
On you alone.

Here I am,
Listening in the darkness,
Longing to hear your voice.

Please speak to me –
Show me your will,
And give me the strength
To carry it out.

I ask this in Jesus’ holy name,
Amen.