Tag Archives: grace

Prayer 187: the mysteries of Lazarus

Dear God

The miracle of Lazarus is always breath-taking, no matter how many times I read it. Thank You for Your great power and mercy in bringing to life things that are long dead, and giving us hope where there is none.

Still, I do often wonder how his second chance at life was for Lazarus and how terrible it must have been when the authorities started to persecute him too. Help us to remember that just because we have received a great blessing doesn’t mean there won’t be pain too – and give us the grace to bear it. Thank You.

Prayer 160: Seeking Quietness

Dear God

There are so many voices and most of them worth listening to in some way or other. Sometimes there are so many that my mind is filled to the brim with noise and clutter. Give me then the grace to quieten my mind enough so I may hear Your still small voice in the silence. Thank You.

Prayer 85: Prayer can be dull too …

Dear God

Is it just me or are prayer times usually quite dull? I mean I read my bible and I think about the day ahead and ask for help in it, and then I try to pray, but it’s not that easy. Usually my mind then quickly drifts off onto a massive and fluctuating list of (a) things I need to do, (b) things I ought to do, (c) people I don’t like much, including my family (sorry!), (d) worries about dying of some terrible but as yet unknown disease, and (e) a million totally marvellous imaginary ways to get back at people I think might have been nasty to me. Sorry, again, but there it is …

Then again, maybe that is my prayer life and You’re okay with it. Because I could definitely do with Your gracious help in making things better within all that list, both in my life and within myself. Thank You.

Prayer 60: God’s everlasting presence

Dear God

Help me to remember that even when I’m facing my worst nightmare and my fiercest enemy, Your presence and Your grace are with me. Thank You that You are a God Who never leaves us or forsakes us. Thank You that we can always rely on Your strength and amazing love.