Four Prayers to Pray when You’re Ready

This text is a part of the Four Prayers to Pray sequence.

1. Learn Psalm 42:1–11 and Pray:

Gracious God, most mighty to assist, have regard to my ache and misery whereby I weep and complain so lengthy, and assist me. You can’t have forgotten me. I’m your loved one youngster, your lamb that’s marked with the blood of your Son Jesus Christ. My soul is troubled on the withholding of your assist. For days and months—a very long time have I waited in your salvation, and because the deer pants after the water brooks, so has my want been unto your grace. You make my soul to attend lengthy on this vale of sorrow. My enemies exult over my distress. Lord, bear in mind my affliction. Hasten to assist me.

—Wilhelm Loehe

2. Learn Zechariah 12:1–13:1 and Pray:

How lengthy will you be absent? Perpetually? Oh, Lord! Have you ever forgotten to be gracious, and have you ever shut up your loving kindness in displeasure? Will you be no extra advised? Is your mercy clear gone without end, and your promise come completely to an finish forevermore? Why do you make so lengthy tarrying? Shall I despair of your mercy?

Oh God! Far be that from me; I’m your workmanship, created in Christ Jesus; give me grace, due to this fact, to tarry your leisure, and patiently to bear your works, assuredly understanding, that as you’ll be able to, so you’ll ship me, when it shall please you, doubting nothing nor distrusting your goodness towards me; for you already know higher what is nice for me than I do; due to this fact, do with me in all issues what you’ll, and plague me what means you’ll.

Solely, within the meantime, arm me, I ask you, together with your armor, that I could stand quick, my loins being girded about with verity, having on the breastplate of righteousness, and shod with the sneakers ready by the gospel of peace; above all issues, taking to me the defend of religion, wherewith I might be able to quench all of the fiery darts of the depraved; and taking the helmet of salvation, and the sword of your Spirit, which is your most holy Phrase; praying at all times, with all method of prayer and supplication, that I could refer myself wholly to your will, abiding your pleasure, and comforting myself in these troubles that it shall please you to ship me; seeing such troubles are worthwhile for me, and seeing I’m assuredly persuaded that it can’t however be nicely all you do. Hear me, O merciful Father, for his sake, whom you willed ought to be a sacrifice for my sins; to whom with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory.

—Girl Jane Gray

3. Learn James 1:2–18 and Pray:

O Almighty God, Father and Lord of all of the creatures, who has disposed all issues and all probabilities in order could greatest glorify your knowledge, and serve the ends of your justice, and enlarge your mercy, by secret and undiscernible methods bringing good out of evil; I most humbly implore you to provide me knowledge from above, that I could adore you, and admire your methods and footsteps, that are within the nice deep and to not be searched out; educate me to undergo your windfall in all issues, to be content material in all adjustments of individuals and situation; to be temperate in prosperity, and to learn my obligation within the strains of your mercy; and in adversity to be meek, affected person, and resigned; and to look by way of the cloud, that I could anticipate the comfort of the Lord, and the day of redemption; within the meantime doing my obligation with an unwearied diligence and an undisturbed decision, having no fondness for the vanities or possessions of this world, however laying up my hopes in heaven, and being strengthened with the spirit of the inside man, by way of Jesus Christ our Lord.

—Jeremy Taylor

4. Learn Revelation 22:6–21 and Pray:

Above all, long-expected Messiah, do come! Your historical individuals who despised you as soon as are ready for you in your second coming, and we, the Gentiles, who knew you not, neither regarded you, we, too, are watching in your creation. . . . Earth travails in your coming. The entire creation groans in ache collectively till now. Your personal anticipate you; we’re longing until we’re weary in your coming. Come shortly, Lord Jesus, come shortly. Amen and Amen.

—Charles Spurgeon

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