Encouraging scriptures to cry out to the Lord. Crying out means to involve your mind, body, soul, your very being. Find your voice through scriptures that cry out to God.
Crying out for the Presence of God in your life. What is the deepest need you have? Is your life falling apart? Are you grieving loss? Do you need healing and transformation in your life? Are you imprisoned? Are you experiencing trauma? Yearning for the Presence of the Lord is spoken about in the Bible.
My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Psalm 84:2
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim You, who walk in the Light of Your presence, O Lord. Psalm 89:15
O Lord, the God who saves me, day and night I cry out to You. Psalm 88:1
Use your own words. Your words might be as simple as, "Hear me, come to me. I need you. Be with me." Your words might be silent and even without form. It is a matter of turning your attention to the Lord who loves you. You are a dearly loved child of God.
Are you troubled by your past? I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills His purpose for me. He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me; God sends His love and His Faithfulness. Psalm 57:2,3
What are your words? Help me. I can't stand this anymore.
The Lord's Prayer. Pray the words that Jesus gave us and allow the Holy Spirit to inspire you with new words and phrases for the traditional ones. You will be surprised what you learn, how you are helped. Write the words down in your journal. You will be led to many places in the Bible and to many names for God.
When I was a hospice chaplain I helped individuals to find their Breath Prayer. Helen was one such person. She was in a nursing home. She was angry and nasty to anyone entering her room, including her sons. Yet she asked for the hospice chaplain to come and visit her. I entered her room, and she yelled, "Sit down and behave yourself!" I sat down just inside the doorway and remained silent.
Helen eyed me thoughtfully and asked, "How do I get to God?" I calmly and slowly walked to her bedside. She was sitting on the side of her bed. "When you pray or think of God, what name do you use?" "God" she responded.
"Helen, imagine that God is standing next to you and he asks you what you want. How do you answer?" She paused, "I want to be with you."
"You can pray, 'God, I want to be with you.' This is a prayer that you can pray as you breathe in and out. When someone enters your room, you pray this prayer and when you look at the time. Is there anything you want to change or add to this prayer?"
"Yes. God I want to be with me always."
A few weeks later I learned that Helen died peacefully and that her attitude had changed. She was even reconciled with her sons.
How you can create your own Breath Prayer
1. What is your favored name for God?
2. What is your deepest need?
3. What do you want to ask of our Beloved One?
4. In a short phrase, word your prayer so that it easily flows with your in-breath and out-breath.
5. Choose what prompts you will use: post-its posted in various places; gong through a door; checking the time; quietly sitting for a few moments with your eyes closed; gardening; receiving a massage.
I want to hear from you. Let me how it goes.
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