Giving Thanks

"You are my God, and I will thank you; you are my God, and I will praise your greatness." "Lord, I will thank you with all my heart." "I will thank you, Lord, because you are good." "I will praise God in a song and will honor him by giving thanks." "I will thank the Lord very much; I will praise him in front of many people." "God, I will thank you forever for what you have done. With those who worship you, I will trust you because you are good." (Ps. 118:28; 138:1a; 54:6b; 69:30; 109:30; 52:9, all ncv)


Hiding Place

O our Creator, Your hands made and fashioned ___________________; give them understanding so that they may learn Your commands. May they know, O Lord, that Your decisions are fair. Let Your unfailing love comfort them, just as You promised. Be their hiding place and shield; may they hope in Your Word. Uphold them according to Your Word, that they may live, and let them not be ashamed of their hope. Hold them up, and they shall be safe, and may they continually have respect for Your statutes. Surround them with Your tender mercies so they may live, and may Your law be their delight. (Ps. 119:73 kjv; Ps. 119:75a-76 nlt; Ps. 119:114, 116-17 kjv; Ps. 119:77 nlt, all paraphrased)


Future Hope

O God, I will not fret because of evil people nor be envious of the wicked, for the evil person has no future hope. Therefore, I will not let my heart envy sinners, but I will always be zealous for the fear of You. I know also that wisdom is sweet to my soul; if I find it, there is a future hope for me. Yet I do not know the future, and no person can tell me what is to come. I do not have power over the wind to contain it; so I do not have power over the day of my death. Still there is surely a future hope for me, because I know that the One who raised You, Lord Jesus, from the dead will also raise me with You. (Prov. 24:19-20a; 23:17; 24:14a; Eccl. 8:7-8a; Prov. 23:18a; 2 Cor. 4:14a, all paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 89)


His Everlasting Dominion

Almighty God, be merciful unto us and bless us, and cause Your face to shine upon us that Your way may be known upon the earth and Your saving health among all nations. Let the people praise You, O God; let all the people praise You. O let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for You shall judge the people righteously and govern the nations upon the earth. Let the people praise You, O God; let all the people praise You. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us. Yes, God, You shall bless us, and all the ends of the earth shall fear You. (Ps. 67 kjv paraphrased)


My Heart Is Broken

Jesus, I will keep awake and watch and pray constantly that I may not enter into temptation; my spirit indeed is willing, but my flesh is weak. "I confess my sins; I am deeply sorry for what I have done." "How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day?" "My grief is beyond healing; my heart is broken." "Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am in distress. My sight is blurred because of my tears. My body and soul are withering away." "I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart." "I weep with grief; encourage me by your word." (Mark 14:38 amp paraphrased; Ps. 38:18; 13:2a nlt; Jer. 8:18 nlt; Ps. 31:9 nlt; Rom. 9:2; Ps. 119:28 nlt not paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 98)


Jesus Intercedes for Me

During the days of Your life on earth, Jesus, You offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save You from death, and You were heard because of Your reverent submission. Therefore, You are able to save me completely as I come to You because You always live to intercede for me. And now as I am praying, I will not hold anything against any person; I forgive so that You, Father in heaven, may forgive me of my sins. Into Your hand I commit my spirit and relinquish my life to You, for You have redeemed me. (Heb. 5:7; 7:25; Mark 11:25; Ps. 31:5 kjv, all paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 99)


His Right Hand

Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not forget me as I am helpless. You, O God, see my trouble and grief; You consider it to take it in hand. I commit myself to You, for You are my helper. Show the wonder of Your great love to me, You who save me by Your right hand, for I take refuge in You from my foes. Lord, You stand at my right hand when I am needy, to save my life from those who condemn me. You hear my desires when I am afflicted; You encourage me and listen to my cry. (Ps. 10:12, 14; 17:7; 109:31; 10:17, all paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 100)


The Way Everlasting

Lord, I relinquish those I love and care about into your hands. Search them, O God, and know their hearts; try them and know their thoughts. And see if there be any wicked way in them and lead them in the way everlasting. In the time of Your favor answer them, and in the day of salvation help them and keep them. Say to those who are captives, "Come out," and to those in darkness, "Be free!" O Shepherd of their souls, have compassion on them, guide them, and lead them beside springs of living water. (Ps. 139:23-24 kjv; Isa. 49:8a, 9a, 10b, all paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 101)


Live by Faith, Not by Sight

Heavenly Father, I am an alien and stranger before You, and a sojourner, as were all my forbearers. For here I do not have an enduring city, but I am looking for the city that is to come. Therefore, I live by faith, not by sight. Now faith is being sure of what I hope for and certain of what I do not see. And without faith it is impossible to please You, God, because when I come to You, I must believe that You exist and that You reward me for earnestly seeking You. (1 Chron. 29:15a kjv; Heb. 13:14; 2 Cor. 5:7; Heb. 11:1, 6, all paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 103)


Credited with Righteousness

Father God, "Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations." Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding Your promise, God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to You, being fully persuaded that You had power to do what You had promised. "This is why Îit was credited to him as righteousness.'" The words "it was credited to him" were written not for him alone, but for me also; You will credit me with righteousnessÛfor I believe in You, who raised Jesus my Lord from the dead. (Rom. 4:18a not paraphrased; Rom. 4:20-21 paraphrased; Rom. 4:22 not paraphrased; Rom. 4:23-24 paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 104)


Here Am I, Send Me

Lord, I hear Your voice saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" I say, "Here am I; send me." I delight to do Your will, O my God; yes, Your law is within my heart. Have You not commanded me? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid; neither be dismayed: for, O Lord my God, You are with me wherever I go. You will be with me; You will not fail me nor forsake me. Therefore, I will be strong and very courageous that I may observe to do according to all the law; I will turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that I may prosper wherever I go. (Isa. 6:8; Ps. 40:8; Josh. 1:9, 5b, 7a, c, all kjv Òparaphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 115)


Speak of His Righteousness

O Counselor and Holy Spirit, sent by the Father in Jesus' name, teach me all things. For I am like a deaf person who cannot hear, like a mute who cannot open his mouth; I have become like a person who does not hear, whose mouth can offer no reply. "O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise." Then I will not hide Your righteousness in my heart; I will speak of Your faithfulness and salvation. I will not conceal Your love and Your truth from the great assembly. "My tongue will speak of your righteousness and of your praises all day long." (John 14:26a; Ps. 38:13-14 paraphrased; Ps. 51:15 not paraphrased; Ps. 40:10 paraphrased; Ps. 35:28 not paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 116)


Take His Words to Heart

"When I learned that your laws are fair, I praised you with an honest heart. I will obey your demands, so please don't ever leave me." "With all my heart I try to obey you. Don't let me break your commands. I have taken your words to heart so I would not sin against you." "My lips will tell about all the laws you have spoken. I enjoy living by your rules as people enjoy great riches." "Lord, I call to you with all my heart. Answer me, and I will keep your demands." (Ps. 119:7-8, 10-11, 13-14, 145 ncv)


Serve Wholeheartedly

O Lord my God, I choose to love You and to obey You and commit myself to You, for You are my life. I will serve You wholeheartedly--serving You, Lord, not people. I will care for Your flock entrusted to me. I will watch over it willingly, not grudginglyÛnot for what I will get out of it, but because I am eager to serve You. I won't lord it over people assigned to my care, but will lead them by my good example. And then, Great Shepherd, when You come, my reward will be a never-ending share in Your glory and honor. (Deut. 30:20a nlt; Eph. 6:7; 1 Peter 5:2-4 nlt, all paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 118)


Seek Good, Not Evil

Lord God Almighty, I will seek good, not evil, that I may live. Then You will be with me. For I know I am loved by You, Lord, that You have chosen me, because the Gospel has come to me not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. Therefore, I will imitate You, Lord, and those who genuinely love and serve You. In spite of severe suffering, I will welcome the message of the Gospel with the joy given me by the Holy Spirit. As a result, may I become an example to all Christians. And now may Your Word, Lord, ring out from me to people everywhere. (Amos 5:14a; 1 Thess. 1:4-5a, 6; 1 Thess. 1:7a, 8a nlt, all paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 119)


Good News About Christ

Lord Jesus, put Your words in my mouth and cover me with the shadow of Your handÛYou who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth. You are on my side; I will not fear: what can people do to me? If I suffer as a Christian, I will not be ashamed, but praise You, Lord, that I bear Your name. "For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believesÛJews first and also Gentiles." "I know very well how foolish the message of the cross sounds to those who are on the road to destruction. But we who are being saved recognize this message as the very power of God." (Isa. 51:16a; Ps. 118:6 kjv; 1 Peter 4:16 paraphrased; Rom. 1:16 nlt; 1 Cor. 1:18 nlt not paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 120)


Obey His Commands

Lord, this is what You told me: "Obey Me, and I will be Your God, and You will be mine. Only do as I say, and all will be well!" I will carefully obey all the commands You give me. I will not add to them nor subtract from them. I will listen to You. For You created me and have cared for me since before I was born. You will be my God throughout my lifetimeÛuntil my hair is white with age. You made me, and You will care for me. You will carry me along and rescue me. I will not be afraid, for You are with me. (Jer. 7:23; Deut. 12:32; Isa. 46:3-4; 43:5a, all nlt paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 121)


Obey His Word

Forgiving Savior, streams of tears flow from my eyes, for I have not obeyed Your Word. Before I was afflicted, I went astray, but now I will obey Your Word. I acknowledge my sin to You; I will not cover up my iniquity. I confess my transgressions to You, so that You will forgive the guilt of my sin. For I have been chosen according to Your foreknowledge, Father, through the sanctifying work of Your Spirit, for obedience to You, Jesus Christ, and sprinkling by Your blood. For it is in You that I have redemption through Your blood and the forgiveness of my sins, in accordance with the riches of Your grace, O God. (Ps. 119:136, 67; 32:5; 1 Peter 1:2a; Eph. 1:7, all paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 131)


Walk in Peace and Uprightness

O God of Truth, deliver me from having a tongue that is a deadly arrow and speaks deceit. May I not speak cordially to my neighbors but in my heart set a trap for them. Deliver me from being false and unfaithful. Help me to return to You truly with all my heart, not just in pretense. Help me to be among the righteous who hate what is false, and not among the wicked who bring shame and disgrace. Then true instruction will be in my mouth, and nothing false will be found on my lips, so that I may walk with You in peace and uprightness and turn many from sin. (Jer. 9:8; 3:10; Prov. 13:5; Mal. 2:6, all paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 132)


His Compassions Never Fail

Lord God, I call to You to deliver ___________________ . Evening, morning, and noon I cry out in distress for them, and You hear my voice. I pray they will cast all their cares on You, for You will sustain them; You never let righteous people fall. Yes, Lord, because of Your great love, they are not consumed, for Your compassions never fail. These are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. I pray, Lord, that You will be their portion as they wait for You. For, Lord, You are good to those whose hope is in You, to those who seek You. (Ps. 55:16-17, 22; Lam. 3:22-25, all paraphrased)


The Enduring Word of God

"Your word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens." And I have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring Word of God. Your Word is quick and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of my soul and spirit, and of my joints and marrow, and is a discerner of my thoughts and intents of my heart. Therefore, I will apply my heart to instruction and my ears to words of knowledge. "Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart." (Ps. 119:89 not paraphrased; 1 Peter 1:23; Heb. 4:12 kjv; Prov. 23:12 paraphrased; Ps. 119:34 not paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 134)


Apart from Jesus I Can Do Nothing

Jesus, You are the vine; I am the branch. If I remain in You and You in me, I will bear much fruit; apart from You I can do nothing. I did not choose You, but You chose me and appointed me to go and bear fruitÛfruit that will last. Then, Father, You will give me whatever I ask in Jesus' name. Lord, this is to Your Father's glory, that I bear much fruit, showing myself to be Your disciple. Therefore, I will be filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through You, Jesus ChristÛto Your glory and praise, O God. (John 15:5, 16, 8; Phil. 1:11, all paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 135)


May Integrity Protect Me

I know, my God, that You test my heart and are pleased with integrity. Therefore, I will give all things to You willingly and with honest intent. May I be upright so that I may be guided by integrity; may I not be found unfaithful; otherwise, I will be destroyed by my duplicity. For if I am a person of integrity, I will walk securely; but if I take crooked paths, I will be found out. "May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in you." (1 Chron. 29:17a; Prov. 11:3; 10:9 paraphrased; Ps. 25:21 not paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 136)


Tell the Nations of His Glory

"Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord and praise his name; every day tell how he saves us. Tell the nations of his glory; tell all peoples the miracles he does, because the Lord is great; he should be praised at all times. He should be honored more than all the gods, because all the gods of the nations are only idols, but the Lord made the heavens. The Lord has glory and majesty; he has power and beauty in his Temple. Praise the Lord, all nations on earth; praise the Lord's glory and power." (Ps. 96:1-7 ncv)


An Undivided Heart

"Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart that I may fear your name." "Show mercy to me according to your great love." "If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you." "Guide me with your counsel." "Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell." (Ps. 86:11; Neh. 13:22; Ex. 33:13a; Ps. 73:24a; 43:3, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 148)


Lead Me on Level Ground

Lord, You are upright; You are my rock. Help me, O God my Savior, for the glory of Your name; deliver me and forgive my sins for Your name's sake. For You sustain the humble but cast the wicked to the ground. "Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong." "Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground." I will praise You, Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart will instruct me. (Ps. 92:15a; 79:9; 147:6 paraphrased; Job 6:24; Ps. 143:10 not paraphrased; Ps. 16:7 paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 149)


My Life Is Not My Own

Who endowed my heart with wisdom or gave understanding to my mind? Your inspiration, Almighty, gives me understanding. "Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands." My heart is in Your hand, Lord, as are the water courses; direct and turn my heart whichever way You will. I know, O Lord, that my life is not my own; it is not for me to direct my steps. "Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul." (Job 38:36; Job 32:8b kjv paraphrased; Ps. 119:73 not paraphrased; Prov. 21:1 amp; Jer. 10:23 paraphrased; Ps. 143:8 not paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 150)


My Inheritance

"Protect me, God, because I trust in you. I said to the Lord, ÎYou are my Lord. Every good thing I have comes from you.' As for the godly people in the world, they are the wonderful ones I enjoy." "Those who chase after other gods will be filled with sorrow. I will not take part in their sacrifices or even speak the names of their gods. Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine. The land you have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance!" (Ps. 16:1-3 ncv; Ps. 16:4-6 nlt)


Teach Me Sound Judgment

To You, O God, belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are Yours. Therefore, I will make plans by seeking advice; I will obtain guidance. Otherwise my plans will fail if I lack counsel, but with many advisers they will succeed. Your testimonies also are my delight and my counselors. Lord, teach me sound judgment and knowledge, for I believe in Your commandments. Instruct me and teach me in the way I should go; counsel me and watch over me. (Job 12:13; Prov. 20:18; 15:22; Ps. 119:24, 66 kjv; Ps. 32:8, all paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 152)


Listen to God's Law

I will hear Your Word, Lord; I will listen to the law of my God! Your Word will be very near me; it will be in my mouth and in my heart so I may obey it. "Teach me what I cannot see; if I have done wrong, I will not do so again." "I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands." I have declared this day, Lord, that You are my God, and I will walk in Your ways; I will keep Your decrees, commands, and laws, and I will obey You. (Isa. 1:10; Deut. 30:14 paraphrased; Job 34:32; Ps. 119:60 not paraphrased; Deut. 26:17 paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 153)


Live a Holy Life

O Holy God, I will not be a false witness who speaks lies and sows discord among Christians. I will not be greedy and bring trouble to my family. I will not be perverse and stir up dissension or be a gossip who separates close friends. For it is Your will, Lord, that I should be sanctified, that I should avoid sexual immorality, that I should learn to control my own body in a way that is holy and honorable, and that in this matter I should not wrong others or take advantage of them. Lord, You will punish me for all such sins. For You did not call me to be impure, but to live a holy life. (Prov. 6:19 kjv; Prov. 15:27a; 16:28;1 Thess. 4:3-4, 6a-7, all paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 154)