Encouraging Prayers and Poems

Study Prayer
Lord and Savior, True and Kind,
Be the Master of my mind.
Bless and guide and strengthen still,
All the powers of thought and will.
While I ply the scholars task.
Jesus Christ be near, I ask.
Help my memory, clear my brain,
Knowledge still to seek and gain.
Calling God’s People To Worship
Up slight man,
Flee for a little while thy occupations
Hide thyself for a time from thy disturbing thoughts.
Pass away now thy toilsome cares and
Put aside thy burdensome business.
Yield room for some little time with God,
And rest a little while in Him.
In the inner chamber,
Shut out all thoughts save those of God, and
Such as can aid thee in worshipping Him.
Speak now to God and say,
“I seek Thy face, Thy face, Lord, do I seek.
by Anselm of Canterbury
He Maketh No Mistake
My Father’s ways may twist and turn,
My heart may throb and ache,
But in my heart I’m glad I know, 
He maketh no mistake.
My cherished plans may go astray,
My hopes may fade away,
But still I’ll trust my Lord to lead,
For He doth know His way.
Though night be dark and it may seem
That day will never break.
I’ll pin my faith, my all in Him,
He maketh no mistake.
There’s so much now I cannot see.
My eyesight’s far too dim,
But come what may, I’ll simply trust,
And leave it all with Him.
For by and by the mist will lift,
And plain it all He’ll make.
Through all the way though dark to me,
He maketh no mistake. 
Unknown Author

May the Mind of Christ My Savior

May the mind of Christ, my Savior,Live in me from day to day,By His love and power controlling All I do and say. May the Word of God dwell richly In my heart from hour to hour, So that all may see I triumph Only through His power. May the peace of God my Father Rule my life in everything, That I may be calm to comfort Sick and sorrowing.May the love of Jesus fill me As the waters fill the sea; Him exalting, self abasing, This is victory. May I run the race before me, Strong and brave to face the foe, Looking only unto Jesus As I onward go. May His beauty rest upon me, As I seek the lost to win, And may they forget the channel, Seeing only Him. (copied)

Lord, you’re the priority and when it comes to me, 
all I ask is that You fulfill Your promise on my behalf 
to sustain my life for Your glory, 
forgive my sin for your glory and
 to protect me from the evil one for Your glory.
  So whatever it is you do about this illness,
 or whatever it is you do about this dilemma,
 whatever it is You do about the suffering and the pain, 
Lord, may it honor You and
 may it manifest the fulfillment of Your promises.
Prayer by Pastor/Teacher John MacArthur
We come to you as our most gracious and loving Father. 
 We do hallow Your name and seek your glory.
We remember the words of our Lord Jesus,”anything you ask in my name, that will I do, in order that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”  It’s really about You and then about us, in so far as what happens to us glorifies You.  May we pray as worshippers, always for your glory.  We thank You for the access, this open door and may we live in this constant communion which you’ve made available to us.  Be glorified, O God, through our lives.  Hear and answer our prayer.  We pray in your Son’s name.  Amen
Prayer by John MacArthur

Prayer In Nehemiah

Ne 9: 5-8


Arise, bless the Lord your God forever and ever!

O, may Your glorious name be blessed,

And exalted above all blessing and praise!

You alone are the Lord.

You have made the heavens,

The heaven of heavens with all their host,

The seas and all that is in them.

You gave life to all of them,

And the heavenly host bows down before You.

You are the Lord God….. for You are righteous.




The Bible


Here is
the spring where waters flow,

To quench our heat of sin:

Here is the tree where truth doth grow,

to lead our lives therein:

Here is the judge that stints the strife,

When men’s devices fail:

Here is the bread that feeds the life

That death cannot assail.

The tidings of salvation dear,

Comes to our ears from hence:

The fortress of our faith is here,

And shield of our defense.

Then be not like the swine that hath

A pearl at his desire, 

And takes more pleasure from the trough

And wallowing in the mire.

Read not his book in any case,

But with a single eye:

Read not but first desire God’s grace,

To understand thereby.

Pray still in faith with this respect,

To bear good fruit therein,

That knowledge may bring this effect,

To mortify your sin.

Then happy you shall be in all your life,

What so to you befalls:

Yes, double happy you shall be,

When God by death you calls.

(From the first Bible printed in Scotland–1576)



of Praise


F.W. Faber

God, how wonderful Thou art,

majesty how bright!
beautiful Thy mercy-seat
depths of burning light!

Everlasting Lord!

dread are Thine eternal years,
prostrate spirits, day and night

sight of Thee must be,

wonderful, how beautiful
endless wisdom, boundless power
awful purity.

deepest, tenderest fears,

how I fear Thee, living God,
worship Thee with trembling heart
penitential tears!

as Thou art,

I may love Thee too, O Lord,
Thou has stooped to ask of me,
love of my poor heart.
earthly father loves like Thee;
mother e’re so mild,
and forbears as Thou hast done,
me, Thy sinful child.


  Whatever My God Ordains Is Right


His love I am abiding
my God ordains is right
will be still in all He does
follow where He is guiding
is my God, though dark my road
holds me that I shall not fall
so to Him I leave it all

my God ordains is right

never will deceive me
leads me by the proper path
know He will not leave me
take content, what He has sent
hand can turn my griefs away
patiently I wait His day

my God ordains is right

shall my stand be taken
sorrow, or need, or death be mine
I am not forsaken
Father’s care circles me there
holds me that I shall not fall
so to Him I leave it all

my God ordains is right

now this cup in drinking
God is true, each morn anew
it seems to my faint heart
take it all unshrinking
pain and sorrow shall depart
comfort yet shall fill my heart



words by Samuel Rodigast (1676), translated by Catherine Winkworth
(1863), music and alternate words by Mark Altrogge 




Have you not known, have you not heard
That firm remains on high
The everlasting throne of Him
Who made the earth and sky?

Are you afraid His pow’r shall fail
When comes your evil day?
And can an all-creating arm
Grow weary or decay?

Supreme in wisdom as in pow’r
The Rock of ages stands,
Though Him you cannot see, nor trace
The working of His hands.

Mere human pow’r shall fast decay,
And youthful vigor cease;
But they who wait upon the Lord
In strength shall still increase.
–Isaac Watts, 1707


the Judgement Seat of Christ

I stand at the judgement seat of Christ,

He shows me His plan for me;

plan of my life as it might have been,

He had His way, and I see

I blocked Him here and checked Him there,

would not yield my will,

I see grief in my Savior’s eyes;

though He loves me still?

He’d have me rich, and I stand there poor,

of all but His grace,

my memory runs like a hunted thing,

the paths I can’t retrace.

my desolate heart will well-nigh break,

tears that I cannot shed.

cover my face with my empty hands

bow my uncrowned head.

Lord of the years that are left to me,

yield them to Thy hand.

me, make me, mold me,

the pattern Thou hast planned.



Maclaren, 1826-1910

“Lord help me live from day to day

In such a self-forgetful way
That even when I kneel to pray
My prayer shall be for – Others.

Help me in all the work I do
To ever be sincere and true
And know that all I do for you
Must needs be done for – Others.

Let “Self” be crucified and slain
And buried deep; and all in vain
May efforts be to rise again
Unless to live for – Others.

And when my work on earth is done
And my new work in heaven’s begun
May I forget the crown I’ve won
While thinking still of – Others.

Others, Lord, yes others
Let this my motto be
Help me to live for others
That I may live like Thee.”


Flame Of God
Give me love that leads the way,
The faith that nothing can dismay,
The hope no disappointments tire,
The passion that will burn like fire.
Let me not sink to be a clod;
Make me thou fuel, Flame of God.
by Amy Carmichael


About Gail Slawson

I am a 74 year old wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. After 54 years of marriage, my husband and I have been richly blessed with 4 wonderful children and their wonderful mates and 19 precious grandchildren, five of whom are already with the Lord and 5 great-grandchildren. My husband and I are busy retirees and reside in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where we serve the Lord Jesus Christ through Bible Studies, as mentors in our church and telling others about Him "as we go." Mark 16:15
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1 Response to Encouraging Prayers and Poems

  1. Beth says:

    I’ve been wanting to tell you how wonderful it is that you started a blog and had the Power of Words booklet listed by nancy demoss. Because of your willingness and obedience 18 women are now reading and discussing this booklet and have all said they are being blessed! Isn’t that amazing how the Lord works things out. Love you, beth


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