February 8 Jesus Loves To Answer Prayer

Photo by Laura Jostes

Photo by Laura Jostes

Exodous 28:1-43;  Matthew 25:31-26:13;  Psalm 31:9-18;  Proverbs 8:12-13

“Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;

my eyes grow weak with sorrow,

my soul and my body with grief.

My life is consumed by anguish

and my years by groaning;

my strength fails because of my affliction,

and my bones grow weak.

But I trust in you, O  Lord;

I say, “You are my God.”

My times are in your hands.”

Psalm 31:9-10, 14-15

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Come, my soul, with every care

Jesus loves to answer prayer;

He himself bids you to pray,

Therefore will not turn away.

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You are coming to your King,

Large petitions with you bring;

For his grace and pow’r are such

None can ever ask too much.

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With my burden I begin:

Lord remove this load of sin;

Let your blood, for sinners spilt,

Set my conscience free from guilt.

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Lord, your rest to me impart,

Take possession of my heart;

There your blood-bought right maintain

And without a rival reign.

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While I am a pilgrim here,

Let your love my spirit cheer;

As my guide, my guard, my friend,

Lead me to my journey’s end.

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Show me what I am to do;

Ev’ry hour my strength renew.

Let me live a life of faith;

Let me die your people’s death.

~John Newton, 1725-1807

Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray, thee Lord, my soul to keep.  Guard and keep me through the night and wake me with the morning light.  Amen.

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