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When I must cope with fear


My Lord, my God, 
When I must cope with fear,  

Help me to face it willingly, 
Like you.

My Lord, my God, 
When I must suffer pain,

Help me to meet it steadfastly,
Like you.

My Lord, my God, 
When I must know despair,

Help me to bear it faithfully,
Like you. 

My Lord, my God,
When I must pass through death,

Help me to let go trustingly,
Like you. 



“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28; NLT). 

He was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

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).

He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth (Isaiah 53:7; NLT).

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).

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

prayer, healing, contemplation, oneness, love,

Your willing slave

The slave may declare, ‘I love my master [and] I don’t want to go free’ (Exodus 21:6; NLT).

I would even be willing to become a slave, washing the feet of his servants (1 Samuel 25:41; NLT).

Since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet (John 13:14; NLT).

Whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave (Matthew 20:27; NIV).


Lord God,
May I be bound to you –

Your willing slave for life,
And evermore,





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

He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west
(Psalm 103:12; NLT).

“And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins” (Jeremiah 31:34; NLT).

“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28; NLT).

At last, I believe
You have forgiven and forgotten
All my sins!

It’s a miracle
That you are willing to do this,
And that I can believe it.

How can I thank you enough?
I am forever in your debt,
My Lord and my God.

In Jesus’ name,



This week I’ve been particularly struck by how little I do for others. However much I tell myself God understands, it’s impossible not to feel useless, and a failure, at times, as today’s prayer shows…


“God, have mercy on me, a sinner” (Luke 18:13; NIV).

His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:21; NIV).

Fear the LORD your God, serve him only (Deuteronomy 6:13; NIV).

Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve
(1 Peter 5:2; NIV).

I’m a sinner
Who is sick in mind and body,
With nothing to contribute 
To your kingdom.

I want to be your good and faithful servant,
But in truth
I’m no use to you at all…

Please forgive my sins.

Heal and restore me,
So I can serve you eagerly.

In Jesus’ name,