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Jesus Bore Our Iniquities

O my suffering Savior, by oppression and judgment You were taken away. And who can speak of Your descendants? For You were cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of Your people You were stricken. You were assigned a grave with the wicked and with the rich in Your death, though You had done no violence, nor was any deceit in Your mouth. Yet it was God's will to crush You and to cause You to suffer, and though the Lord God made Your life a guilt offering, You will see Your offspring and prolong Your days, and Your will, O Lord God, will prosper in Your hand. After the suffering of Your soul, Jesus, You saw the light of life and were satisfied; by Your knowledge, righteous Servant of God, You justified many and bore our iniquities. (Isa. 53:8-11 paraphrased)

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Crucified with Jesus

Jesus, I have been crucified with You, and I no longer live, but You live in me. The life I live in my body, I live by faith in You, Son of God, who loved me and gave Yourself for me. For if I died with You, I will also live with You; if I endure, I will also reign with You. If I suffer for doing right and I endure it, this is well pleasing to You, Lord. For even to this I was calledÛit is inseparable from my vocation. For You also suffered for me, leaving me Your personal example that I should follow in Your footsteps. Now may I never boast except in Your cross, Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world. (Gal. 2:20; 2 Tim. 2:11a-12a; 1 Peter 2:20b-21 amp; Gal. 6:14, all paraphrased, A Woman's Walk with God, 213)

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The Nature of a Servant

O Lord, help me to do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility to consider others better than myself. For I should look not only to my own interests, but also to the interests of others. My attitude should be the same as Yours, Christ Jesus--who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Yourself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, You humbled Yourself and became obedient to death-- even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted You to the highest place and gave You the name that is above every name, that at Your name, Jesus, every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that You are Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phil. 2:3-11 paraphrased)

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Power of Christ's Resurrection

Whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for Your sake, Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing You, Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish that I may gain You, O Christ, and be found in You, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in YouÛthe righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know You, Christ, and the power of Your resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in Your sufferings, becoming like You in Your death, and so somehow to attain to the resurrection from the dead. For if I am united with You in Your death, I will certainly be united with You in Your resurrection. (Phil. 3:7-11 kjv; Rom. 6:5, all paraphrased)

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Jesus Is Life

Jesus, You are the resurrection and the life; I pray that ___________________ will believe in You and have life, even if they die. For if they live and believe in You, they will never die. Yes, Lord, may they believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, the one coming to the world. May they have the same hope in You, GodÛthe hope that all people, good and bad, will surely be raised from the dead. "It is the same with the dead who are raised to life. The body that is Îplanted' will ruin and decay, but it is raised to a life that cannot be destroyed." Praise be to You, God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Your great mercy cause them to be born again into a living hope, because Jesus Christ rose from the dead. (John 11:25-26a, 27; Acts 24:15 paraphrased; 1 Cor. 15:42 not paraphrased; 1 Peter 1:3 paraphrased, all ncv)

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On God's Right Hand

Yes, Jesus, after You had offered one sacrifice for all my sins for all eternity, You sat down at God's right hand. Now, since I am surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to my life of faith, I will strip off every weight that slows me down, especially the sin that so easily hinders my progress. And I will run with endurance the race that You, O God, have set before me. I will do this by keeping my eyes on You, Jesus, on whom my faith depends from start to finish. For You were willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy You knew would be Yours afterward. Now You are seated in the place of highest honor beside God's throne in heaven. (Heb. 10:12 kjv; Heb. 12:1-2 nlt, all paraphrased)

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Full Redemption

Almighty God, You have rescued me from the dominion of darkness and brought me into the kingdom of the Son You love, in whom I have redemption, the forgiveness of my sins. Yes, God, I am already Your child, and I can't even imagine what I will be like when You return, Jesus Christ my Savior. But I do know that when You come, I will be like You, for I will see You as You really are. I put my hope in You, for with You is unfailing love, and with You is full redemption. (Col. 1:13-14; 1 John 3:2 nlt; Ps. 130:7, all paraphrased, A Woman's Pilgrimage of Faith, 200)

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Worship the Lamb of God

Yes, Jesus, one day I will be among the great multitude that no one can number, of all nations and kindreds and peoples and languages, before the throne and before You. Clothed with white robes and with palms in our hands, we will cry with a loud voice, "Salvation to our God who sits upon the throne and to You, Jesus the Lamb." And all the angels will be standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They will fall before the throne on their faces and worship You, O God, saying, "Amen! Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving, honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever. Amen!" (Rev. 7:9-12, all kjv paraphrased)

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Rock of Protection

Lord, let______________ trust in You; let them never be disgraced. Save them because You do what is right. Listen to them and save them quickly. Be their rock of protection, a strong city to save them. For You are their rock and their protection. For the good of Your name, lead them and guide them. Show Your kindness to them, Your servants. Save them because of Your love. "Those who go to God Most High for safety will be protected by the Almighty." You are their hiding place; O Lord, protect them from troubles and surround them with songs of deliverance. Let them be glad and rejoice in Your love, because You saw their suffering; You knew their troubles. (Ps. 31:1-3, 16 ncv paraphrased; Ps. 91:1 ncv not paraphrased; Ps. 32:7 paraphrased; Ps. 31:7 ncv paraphrased)

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Pure Hearts

Your ways, O holy God, are without fault. Your words are pure. You are a shield to those who trust You. Therefore, I pray ___________________ will be pure, for to the pure all things are pure, but if they are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. . . . Keep them from the sins of pride; don't let pride rule them. Then they can be pure and innocent of the greatest of sins. May they have clean hands and pure hearts and not lift up their souls to idols or swear by what is false. O God, create pure hearts in them and make their spirits right again. For blessed are they who are pure in their hearts; they will see You, O God. (Ps. 18:30 ncv; Titus 1:15a; Ps. 19:13 ncv; Ps. 24:4; Ps. 51:10 ncv; Matt. 5:8, all paraphrased)

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Great Gain

O Lord, deliver me from all that corrupts my mind, robs me of the truth, and causes me to think that godliness is a means to financial gain. For godliness with contentment is great gain. I brought nothing into the world, and I can take nothing out of it. As Your servant, I will flee from all this and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. I will fight the good fight of the faith. (1 Tim. 6:5b -7, 11-12a paraphrased, A Woman's Walk with God, 139)

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Be Kind and Loving

May ___________________ be kind and loving to others, and may they forgive others just as You, O God, forgave them in Christ. They are Your children whom You love, so I pray they will try to be like You. This is how they know what real love is: Jesus, You gave Your life for them. So they should give their lives for their brothers and sisters. I pray ___________________ will love other people not only with words and talk, but by their actions and true caring. Help them have lives of love just as You, Christ, loved us and gave Yourself for us as a sweet-smelling offering and sacrifice to God. (Eph. 4:32; 5:1; 1 John 3:16, 18; Eph. 5:2, all ncv paraphrased)

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Strong in Faith

Jesus, enable ___________________ to be alert and continue strong in their faith. Help them to have courage and be strong. Empower them to live by what they believe, not by what they can see. May they look closely at themselves and test themselves to see if they are living in the faith. For in You, Christ, they can come before God with freedom and without fear. They can do this through faith in You. O Lord, only one thing concerns me: That they are sure to live in ways that bring honor to the Good News of Christ. And I will hear that they are standing strong with one purpose and working together with other Christians as one for the faith of the Good News. (1 Cor. 16:13; 2 Cor. 5:7; 13:5a; Eph. 3:12; Phil. 1:27a, all ncv paraphrased)

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Hold On to God's Testimonies

Ever-caring Lord, my soul feels dry; quicken me according to Your Word. I declared all my ways to You, and You heard me; now teach me Your statutes. Make me understand the way of Your precepts so I can talk of Your wondrous works. Deliver me from lying as a way of life, and graciously help me to know Your law. For I have chosen the way of truth; I have laid Your judgments before me. I hold on to Your testimonies; Lord, do not put me to shame. Enlarge my heart that I may run in the way of Your commands. (Ps. 119:25-32 kjv paraphrased)

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Follow Hard After God

O God, You are our God. I pray ___________________ will search for You and thirst for You like someone in a dry, empty land where there is no water. Then they will be content as if they had eaten the best foods. Their lips will sing, and their mouths will praise You. Cause them to remember You while they're lying in bed and think about You through the night. Quicken them to look to You, Lord, and to Your strength and seek Your face always. May their souls follow hard after You, Lord God, for Your right hand will uphold them. (Ps. 63:1, 5, 6 ncv; 1 Chron. 16:11; Ps. 63:8 kjv, all paraphrased)

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Power of His Resurrection

Savior, whatever has been gain for me, I will count as loss for Your sake. Indeed I will count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing You, Lord. For Your sake, even if I suffer the loss of all things, I will count them as refuse, in order that I may gain You and be found in You. O that I may know You, Jesus, and the power of Your resurrection and the fellowship of Your sufferings, being made conformable to Your death; if by any means I might attain to the resurrection from the dead. For if I am united with You in Your death, I will certainly be united with You in Your resurrection. (Phil. 3:7-9a, 10-11 kjv and rsv; Rom. 6:5, all paraphrased, A Woman's Walk with God, 123)

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Worthy of His Calling

Spirit of God, may I always keep in mind and constantly pray that You may count me worthy of Your calling and that by Your power You may fulfill every good purpose of Yours and every act prompted by faith. I will continue to pray this so that Your name, Lord Jesus, may be glorified in me, and I in You, according to Your grace. For who among the gods is like You, O Lord? Who is like YouÛmajestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders? By Your unfailing love You will lead me, for You have redeemed me. By Your strength You will guide me to Your holy dwelling. (2 Thess. 1:11-12; Ex. 15:11, 13, all paraphrased, A Woman's Walk with God, 141)

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Pierced for My Transgressions

O my Savior, You were pierced for my transgressions; You were crushed for my iniquities; the punishment that brings me peace was laid upon You, and by Your wounds I am healed. You were oppressed and afflicted; yet You did not open Your mouth. You were led like a lamb to the slaughter; as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so You did not open Your mouth. You poured out Your life unto death and were numbered with the transgressors. You bore the sins of many and made intercession for the transgressors. Lord Jesus, You gave yourself for my sins to rescue me from the present evil age, according to Your will, God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Isa. 53:5, 7, 12b; Gal. 1:4-5, all paraphrased, A Woman's Walk with God, 184)

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Everlasting Life

Father God, You showed Your love toward me, in that, while I was still a sinner, Jesus died on the cross for me. I acknowledge my sin to You and will not hide my iniquity. I confess my transgressions to You, Lord, for You will forgive my guilt and the iniquity of my sin. I confess my sins, believing You are faithful and just to forgive my sins and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness. For, God, You so loved me that You gave Your only Son for me, Jesus. I believe in You, Jesus, and trust that I will not perish but have everlasting life. I confess with my mouth, Jesus, that You are my Lord and Savior. I believe in my heart that God raised You from the dead, and I am saved. Now I will hold fast to the profession of my faith without wavering, for, Lord, You are faithful to Your promises. (Rom. 5:8; Ps. 32:5; 1 John 1:9; John 3:16; Rom. 10:9; Heb. 10:23, all kjv paraphrased)

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Delight in God's Commands

Teach ____________, O Lord, the way of Your statutes. I pray they will keep Your way to the end. Make them go in the path of Your commands and delight in these. Give them an eagerness for Your decrees; let them not be afflicted with love for money! Turn away their eyes from vanity and quicken them to follow Your ways. Reassure them of Your promises, which are for those who honor You. Help them abandon their shameful ways; may Your laws be all they want in life. May they long to obey Your commandments! O Lord, renew their lives with Your goodness. (Ps. 119:33, 35 kjv; Ps. 119:36 nlt; Ps. 119:37 kjv; Ps. 119:38-40 nlt, all paraphrased)

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Garden Tomb

Gaze Upon God's Beauty I love the house where You live, O Lord, the place where Your glory dwells. One thing I ask of You--this is what I seek: that I may dwell in Your house all the days of my life, to gaze upon Your beauty and to seek You in the place where I worship You. "I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you." (Ps. 26:8; 27:4 paraphrased; Ps. 63:2-5 not paraphrased, A Woman's Walk with God, 67)

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Every Good Deed

O God, ___________________ were saved through the sanctifying work of Your Spirit and through belief in the truth. You called them to this through the Gospel that they might share in Your glory, Jesus. So then I pray they will stand firm and hold to the teachings passed on to them. Lord Jesus, may You and God our Father, who love them and by Your grace give them eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage their hearts and strengthen them in every good deed and word. (2 Thess. 2:13b-17 paraphrased)

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Serve and Love the Lord

Son of Man, You came not to be served but to serve and to give Your life a ransom for many. I pray that ______________ will be very careful to keep Your commandments--to love You, walk in all Your ways, obey Your commands, hold fast to You, and serve You with all their hearts and all their souls. Since they were called to be free, may they not use their freedom to be selfish and indulge their sinful natures; rather, may they serve others in love. (Matt. 20:28; Josh. 22:5; Gal. 5:13, all paraphrased)

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An Ever-Present Help in Trouble

Lord, You are my refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, I will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. I will be still and know that You are God. For You are with me, Lord Almighty; You are my fortress, God of Jacob. Surely You will be with me always to the very end of the age. (Ps. 46:1-3, 10a, 11; Matt. 28:20b, all paraphrased, A Woman's Walk with God, 155)

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God's Infinite Understanding

Great are You, Lord, and of great power; Your understanding is infinite. Your eyes, O Lord, are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. For Your eyes are upon ___________________ ways, and You see all their comings and goings. For their ways are before Your eyes, Lord, and You ponder all they do. Instruct them and teach them in the way they should go; guide them with Your eyes. Teach them to do Your will, for You are our God; Your spirit is good; lead them into the land of uprightness. (Ps. 147:5; Prov. 15:3; Job 34:21; Prov. 5:21; Ps. 32:8; Ps. 143:10, all kjv paraphrased)

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He Is Always with Me

O Holy God, You redeemed me in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to me through You, so that by faith I might receive the promise of the Spirit. Lord God, I know that I live in You, and You live in me, because You have given me Your Spirit. I know that I am Your temple and that Your Spirit lives in me. You are always with me; You hold me by my right hand. You guide me with Your counsel. Now help me to speak, not in words taught to me by human wisdom, but in words taught by You, Holy Spirit, so that I may express spiritual truths in spiritual words. (Gal. 3:14; 1 John 4:13; 1 Cor. 3:16; Ps. 73:23-24a; 1 Cor. 2:13, all paraphrased, A Woman's Walk with God, 151)

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A Lamp for Their Feet

Lord God, open ____________ eyes that they may behold wondrous truths in Your law. Do not hide Your commands from them. Inspire their souls to long for Your laws at all times. Remove reproach and contempt from them so they will keep Your testimonies. May they meditate on Your statutes; let Your testimonies be their delight and counselor. Through Your precepts give them understanding so they will hate every false way. Let Your Word be a lamp for their feet and a light for their path. (Ps. 119:18-19b, 20, 22, 23b-24; 104-105, all kjv paraphrased)

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Trumpet Call

Jesus, I am filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy. For I believe You died and rose again, so I am certain that God will bring with You those who have fallen asleep having faith in You. For Lord, You Yourself will come down from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead who are believers will rise first. After that, if I am still alive and left, I will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet You, Lord, in the air. And so I will be with You forever. (1 Peter 1:8b; 1 Thess. 4:14, 16-17, all paraphrased, A Woman's Journey Toward Holiness, 88)

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May They Rest Securely

O our Comforter, give ______________ rest from times of trouble. Then they will not turn away from You; revive them so they will call on Your name. Restore them, O Lord God Almighty; make Your face shine upon them that they may be saved. Then they will find rest in You, Lord, for only You can give them hope. They will feel safe because there is hope; they will look around and rest in safety. As Your beloved children, let them rest securely in You, for You shield them all day long, and because of Your love for them, may they rest between Your shoulders. (Ps. 94:13a ncv; Ps. 80:18-19; Ps. 62:5 ncv; Job 11:18 ncv; Deut. 33:12b, all paraphrased)

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Radiant Commands

Lord, Your precepts are right, giving joy to my heart. Your commands are radiant, giving light to my eyes. Your ordinances are sure and altogether righteous. By them I, Your servant, am warned; in keeping them there is great reward. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. May I never be lacking in zeal, but help me keep my spiritual fervor, always serving You. (Ps. 19:8, 9b, 11, 14; Rom. 12:11, all paraphrased, A Woman's Walk with God, 167)

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