Lord, I want to be close to you. You are so precious to me, and I want to be so close to you that my heart becomes like your own. Protect me and give me strength in all the spiritual battles I will fight today. Hold me in your arms. Shelter me in your peace and your rest.
Lord, I want to be close to you, but I have nothing to give that you lack. You have all that I need, and I have only a sinful heart to offer in return. My heart is broken for my sin, and I bring it to you to be cleansed of all desire for selfishness and evil. I beg with the greatest of humility: “Wash me in your blood and make me clean.”
Lord, I want to be close to you, and in fact, I want to belong to you. I will gladly leave behind any and all of my foolish, selfish desires if it means I can belong to you! I don’t want pleasure, pomp, or circumstance, God. Give me only my crucified and risen Savior, and let me be closer to Him every single day.
Lord, I want to be close to you every day of my earthly life. I want to serve you here with all that I am until I can be with you in your glory! And Lord, even when I am in your presence, I know I will have the same desire—and in fact, even greater desire—to be close to you. I pray, Lord, that you will bring me closer and closer to you through all eternity.
“Nearer, still nearer, close to Thy heart;
Draw me, my Savior, so precious Thou art.
Fold me, oh, fold me close to Thy breast.
Shelter me safe in that ‘Heaven of Rest.'”
“Nearer, still nearer, nothing I bring;
Naught as an offering to Jesus, my King.
Only my sinful, now contrite heart…
Grant me the cleansing Thy blood doth impart.”
“Nearer, still nearer, Lord, to be Thine,
Sin, with its follies, I gladly resign!
All of its pleasures, pomp, and its pride…
Give me but Jesus, my Lord, crucified!”
“Nearer, still nearer, while life shall last;
Til safe in glory my anchor is cast!
Through endless ages, ever to be
Nearer, my Savior, still nearer to Thee!”
hymn (Nearer, Still Nearer) by: Leila Naylor Morris
prayer by: Dan Lankford