Need Or Trial, Pain

Before An Operation

Gracious God, In this hour of anxiety I need your presence. As the operation draws near I need a staff on which to lean. To whom can I turn but you? I confess my weaknesses, sins, and shortcomings. Mercifully assure me of your forgiveness, In the work of Jesus Christ. I let go of any grudges, anger, or hatred. I…

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Creation, Need Or Trial, Pain

During A Storm

Heavenly Father, Be with us in this storm. We see your greatness and our weakness. We see your almighty power over all. O Lord we are helpless and in need of protection. Abide with us, stay with us in this storm. Protect our home, our crops, and our people. We trust you Jesus, The One who stilled the wind and…

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Need Or Trial, Pain

The Storm Of Hopelessness

In the hopelessness of poverty, God of the poor, Aid me.   In the crush of defeat, God of the downtrodden, Lift me.   In the despair of loneliness, God of the forsaken, Comfort me.   In the grip of guilt, God of the defenceless, Free me.   In the anxiety of life, God of the troubled, Calm me and…

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Celtic, Pain

My Soul’s Healer

God my soul’s healer, Keep me at even, Keep me at morning, Keep me at noon, On rough course faring, Help and safeguard You are my security this night. I am tired, astray, and stumbling, Shield Thou me from snare and sin. In the name of Christ.  Amen.   – From the Carmina Gadelica – Submitted by Doug

Lament, Pain

I Do Not Lie Here Alone

O God, I am struck down to my lowest. Pain consumes my world. The more I think of it the worse it is. It beggars my brain, it fogs my senses, It reduces my world to a searing endless struggle. I call out to you, Jesus, The crucified, betrayed, buried, descended One, You bore this pain, You lived this pain,…

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Lent & Cross, Need Or Trial, Pain

To Your Cross We Come – David Adam

To your cross, O Lord, we come for healing, For you alone can make us whole. We come with the broken-hearted and broken-spirited, For you alone can make us whole. We come with those with broken relationships, For you alone can make us whole. We come with the broken in body or in mind, For you alone can make us…

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Need Or Trial, Pain, Poets, Short

Beethoven’s Prayer

Lord God, give me victory over myself, that nothing may imprison my life. Be the guiding light of my heart, lift me up from the dark depths.   May my sou be caught up in your wisdom, Fight its way upwards in fiery flight. For you alone understand me, and only you can give me the power to keep going.   – This prayer…

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Biblical, Pain

Hezekiah’s Prayer In Sickness

Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, “Remember, O LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.   – Isaiah 38:2-8

Hope, Mystics, Need Or Trial, Pain

When All Fails – Mechthild of Magdeburg

Lord, it seems you have taken away all the blessings that I once had from you. In your grace, please give me now that one gift which every dog seems to have by nature— that of being faithful to you in my distress, faithful even when all comfort is gone. This I desire more passionately than anything else there is.…

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Need Or Trial, Pain

Prayer In Suffering – Johannes Tauler

Lord God, King of Glory, Help us to make the right use of the suffering that comes to us, Help us to offer to you the incense of a patient and trusting heart. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen.   – Johannes Tauler 1300-1361AD