Jesus Draw Me Ever Nearer

Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Our songs and prayers include honesty before God in which we express the pain we experience over our own sins and failures, the difficulties in both our lives and others’ lives, and our laments at the suffering and brokenness that marks our world and our lives. We have assurance, says Belgic Confession, Article 26, that Christ, our intercessor, will hear us, “since he suffered, being tempted, he is also able to help those who are tempted.”


We are encouraged to approach the throne with boldness so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Belgic Confession, Article 26, based on Hebrews 4). “We grieve that the church…has become a broken communion in a broken world” (Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 40).

We also “lament that our abuse of creation has brought lasting damage to the world we have been given...” (Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 51). And we cry to God for those who suffer in our world, knowing “that God…is in a special way the God of the destitute, the poor and the wronged...” (Belhar Confession, Section 4).


Jesus Draw Me Ever Nearer

Additional Prayers

A Prayer for Perseverance in a Time of Trial
With you, O Lord Jesus Christ, I journey in difficult times. I confess that I have no resources of my own to get me through. I am not strong enough, not wise enough, never pure enough to make my way. But I am with you, so that I am no longer a wanderer, but now a pilgrim on the way to my true home. May this journey bring a blessing; may I rise on wings of faith, all because I do not journey alone. Amen.
— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

Jesus Draw Me Ever Nearer

Author and Composer Information

Margaret Becker (b. July 17, 1959) is an acclaimed writer, musician, and speaker. She has had twenty-one No. 1 Christian radio hits, been nominated for four Grammys, and won four Dove awards. Born and raised in the state of New York, she graduated from James Madison University with a degree in communication and moved to Nashville, Tennessee. She signed on to Sparrow Records as a songwriter, and was soon travelling as a backup singer before landing her own record deal. She has now appeared on twenty-two albums and has produced albums for other artists. She is the author of three books including Coming Up For Air: Simple Acts to Redefine Your Life, and is a regular columnist and speaker. Becker is also an active volunteer and spokesperson for humanitarian efforts such as Habitat for Humanity and Compassion.
Keith Getty (b. December 16, 1974) developed a passion for writing good songs for the church in his twenties, and began writing for his small Baptist church. He is passionate about writing theologically astute lyrics and tunes that are easy to sing. Growing up in Ireland, he now lives with his wife Kristyn and daughter Eliza Joy in Nashville. Getty writes and performs predominantly with Kristyn, and the couple regularly tour the United States and the United Kingdom.
— Laura de Jong

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