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Pray for the Grace Needed to Die Well

Petition 3.37 | NIV

I must pray for grace to deliver me from death* and to carry me well through my dying moments.

Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life and that my days are a mere handbreadth; that each man’s life is but a breath, Psalm 39:4-5(NIV) and my days on earth are like a shadow, without hope. 1 Chronicles 29:15(NIV)

Lord, teach me to number my days aright, that I may gain a heart of wisdom, Psalm 90:12(NIV) and make me to discern what my end will be! Deuteronomy 32:29(NIV)

Lord, make me always ready, dressed ready for service with my lamp kept burning, Luke 12:35(NIV) because the Son of man will come at an hour when I do not expect him. Luke 12:40(NIV)

Keep me all the days of my hard service, waiting for my renewal to come; and then you will call, and I will answer. Job 14:14-15(NIV)

Bring me to the grave like a sheave gathered in season; Job 5:26(NIV) satisfy me with life, whether it be long or short, and show me your salvation. Psalm 91:16(NIV)

And when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, be with me, that I may fear no evil; let your rod and your staff comfort me. Psalm 23:4(NIV)

Let goodness and love follow me all the days of my life, and let me dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23:6(NIV) May kindness and faithfulness be with me. 2 Samuel 15:20(NIV)

Redeem my life from the grave, and take me to yourself; Psalm 49:15(NIV) guide me with your counsel, and afterward take me into glory. Psalm 73:24(NIV)

* We must all die (save those alive when the Lord comes), so the author directs us to ask for deliverance not from the inevitable fact of death, but from the fear and power of death. Editor.

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Pray for Preserving Grace

Petition 3.36 | NIV

I must pray for the effectual support and comfort under all the crosses and afflictions that I meet with in this world.

Lord, rescue me from every evil attack and bring me safely to your heavenly kingdom; 2 Timothy 4:8(NIV) keep me from falling, that I may be presented before your glorious presence without fault and with great joy. Jude 1:24(NIV)

Lord, make my love increase and overflow for your people and for everyone else; strengthen my heart so that I will be blameless and holy in the presence of my God and Father when my Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones. 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13(NIV)

If Satan asks to sift me as wheat, yet let Christ’s intercession prevail for me, that my faith may not fail. Luke 22:31-32(NIV)

Until I am taken out of the world, protect me from the evil one, John 17:15(NIV) and sanctify me by the truth; your word is truth. John 17:17(NIV)

Build me up, I pray, in the most holy faith, and keep me in God’s love as I wait for the mercy of my Lord Jesus Christ to bring me to eternal life. Jude 1:20-21(NIV)

Grant that I may continue to call on you as long as I live; Psalm 116:2(NIV) and until I die, may I not deny my integrity; that I will maintain my righteousness and never let go of it; and that my conscience may not reproach me as long as I live. Job 27:5-6(NIV)

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Pray for the Support and Comfort you Need in your Afflictions

Petition 3.35 | NIV

I must pray for the effectual support and comfort under all the crosses and afflictions that I meet with in this world.

I know that I am born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward; Job 5:7(NIV) but in six calamities be pleased to rescue me, and in seven let no harm befall me. Job 5:19(NIV)

Let the eternal God be my refuge, and underneath be the everlasting arms; Deuteronomy 33:27(NIV) so that the spirit you have made may not grow faint before you, Isaiah 57:16(NIV) nor the soul that you have redeemed. Psalm 71:23(NIV)

Let me be strengthened with all power according to your glorious might so that I may have great endurance and patience and joy. Colossians 1:11(NIV)

Let your decrees be the theme of my song wherever I lodge; Psalm 119:54(NIV) and let your statutes, which are my heritage forever, be always the joy of my heart. Psalm 119:111(NIV)

When I am hard pressed on every side, yet let me not be crushed; and when I am perplexed, let me not be in despair; 2 Corinthians 4:8(NIV) if sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; if having nothing, yet possessing everything. 2 Corinthians 6:10(NIV)

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Pray for Grace to Make you Wiser and Better Every Day

Petition 3.34 | NIV

I must pray for grace to make me wiser and better every day than another.

Lord, give me to grow with God-caused growth; Colossians 2:19(NIV) to grow in the grace and knowledge of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; 2 Peter 3:18(NIV) to hold to my ways; and, having clean hands, to grow stronger. Job 17:9(NIV)

Let my path be like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. Proverbs 4:18(NIV)

I have not yet obtained, nor have I already been made perfect; Lord, grant that therefore, forgetting what is behind, I may strain toward what is ahead, toward the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14(NIV)

Be like the dew to me that I may blossom like a lily and send down my roots like a cedar of Lebanon; that my shoots may grow and my splendor may be like an olive tree. Hosea 14:5-6(NIV) And let the sun of righteousness rise upon me with healing in its wings, so that I may go out and leap like a calf released from the stall.Malachi 4:2(NIV)

Malachi 4:2(NIV)

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Pray for Grace to Assist you that you may be Universally Conscientious

Petition 3.33 | NIV

That I may be universally conscientious.

O that I may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. Colossians 4:12(NIV)

O that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees! Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands. Psalm 119:5-6(NIV)

Teach me, O LORD, to follow your decrees; then I will keep them to the end. Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart. Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Psalm 119:33-36(NIV)

I pray that out of your glorious riches you may strengthen me with power through your Spirit in my inner being, so that Christ may dwell in my heart through faith; and that I, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that I may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God, Ephesians 3:16-20(NIV) and may participate in the divine nature. 2 Peter 1:4(NIV)

And let Christ’s love compel me to no longer live for myself but for him who died for me and was raised again. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15(NIV)

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Pray for Grace to Assist you that you may do your Duty Always and Everywhere

Petition 3.32 | NIV

That I may do the duty of every condition of life, every event of providence, and every relation wherein I stand.

Lord, enable me when times are good to be happy, but when times are bad to consider: for you have made the one as well as the other. Ecclesiastes 7:14(NIV) Enable me to add to my knowledge self-control; and to self-control, perseverance. 2 Peter 1:6(NIV)

Give me grace to remain with you in the situation you called me to, 1 Corinthians 7:24(NIV) and in all my ways to acknowledge you; Proverbs 3:6(NIV) and be pleased to direct my paths. Proverbs 16:9(NIV)

Let those who were slaves when they were called be the Lord’s freemen; and those who were freemen when they were called, be Christ’s slaves. 1 Corinthians 7:22(NIV)

Let all in every relation live together in unity, Psalm 133:1(NIV) that it may be as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. Psalm 133:3(NIV) O that I may live together as a joint-heir of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder my prayers. 1 Peter 3:7(NIV)

Give me grace to show proper respect to everyone, to love the brotherhood of believers, to fear God, 1 Peter 2:17(NIV) and to submit myself to the governing authorities, Romans 13:1(NIV) not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. Romans 13:5(NIV)

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Pray for Grace to Assist you that you may be Cheerful in your Duty

Petition 3.31 | NIV

That I may be pleasant and cheerful in my duty.

Lord, enable me to be joyful always, 1 Thessalonians 5:16(NIV) to rejoice in the Lord always, because he has said it again to me: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4(NIV) That I may go on my way rejoicing, may eat my food with gladness, and drink my wine with a joyful heart, as I shall have reason to do if God now favors what I do. Ecclesiastes 9:7(NIV)

Give me grace to serve you, the LORD my God, joyfully and gladly in the time of prosperity; Deuteronomy 28:47(NIV) and to sing of the ways of the LORD, for the glory of my God is great. Psalm 138:5(NIV)

Let me have that cheerfulness of heart which is good medicine, Proverbs 17:22(NIV) and deliver me from that anxious heart which weighs a man down, Proverbs 12:25(NIV) and that worldly sorrow which brings death. 2 Corinthians 7:10(NIV)

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Pray for Grace to Assist you that you may be Courageous in your Duty

Petition 3.30 | NIV

That I may be resolute and courageous in my duty, as one who knows that though I may be a loser for Christ, I shall not be a loser by him in the end.

Lord, teach me to endure hardship like a good soldier of Christ Jesus, 2 Timothy 2:3(NIV) that I may not fear the reproach of men or their insults, Isaiah 51:7(NIV) nor be ashamed of Christ or his words, Mark 8:38(NIV) knowing whom I have believed, even one who is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day. 2 Timothy 1:12(NIV)

Though prison and hardships may face me, Lord, grant that none of these things may move me, and that I may consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race. Acts 20:23-24(NIV)

Enable me to commend myself to God in every way; 2 Corinthians 6:4(NIV) and then to pass through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report, with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left, 2 Corinthians 6:7-8(NIV) as one who cares very little if he is judged by any human court, for it is the Lord who judges me. 1 Corinthians 4:3-4(NIV)

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Pray for Grace to Assist you that you may be Diligent in your Duty

Petition 3.29 | NIV

That I may be active and diligent in my duty.

Lord, as long as it is day, quicken me to do the work of him who sent me, because night is coming, when no one can work; John 9:4(NIV) and whatever good my hands find to do, to do it with all my might, for in the grave, where I am going, there is neither working nor knowledge. Ecclesiastes 9:10(NIV)

Lord, grant that I may never be lacking in zeal, but full of spiritual fervor, serving the Lord; Romans 12:11(NIV) that I may stand firm and be moved by nothing, always giving myself fully to the work of the Lord, because I know that my labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58(NIV)

Lord, make me zealous for good purposes; Galatians 4:18(NIV) and whatever I do, enable me to work at it with all my heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. Colossians 3:23(NIV)

Lord, enable me to do the work of every day in its day, as the duty of the day requires, Ezra 3:4(KJV) making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil; Ephesians 5:16(NIV) that when my Lord comes, he may find me doing so. Luke 12:43(NIV)

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Pray for Grace to Assist you that you may be Honest in your Duty

Petition 3.28 | NIV

That I may be honest and sincere in my duty.

Let my “wisdom” not be that from below, which is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil; James 3:15(NIV) instead, let it be wisdom that comes from heaven, which is first of all pure, then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. James 3:17(NIV)

O that I may always conduct myself in the world in the holiness and sincerity that are from God, not according to worldly wisdom but according to God’s grace. 2 Corinthians 1:12(NIV)

Lord, uphold me in my integrity, and set me in your presence forever; Psalm 41:12(NIV) may integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in you. Psalm 25:21(NIV)

May my heart be blameless toward your decrees, that I may not be put to shame; Psalm 119:80(NIV) and let my eyes be good, that my whole body may be full of light. Matthew 6:22(NIV)