Prayer

Prayer

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him (Romans 15:13; NLT).

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NLT).


Lord,
You fill my mind
With hope.

May it stay with me
Day and night,
To help me praise you.

Lord,
You fill my heart
With joy.

May it stay with me
Day and night,
To help me thank you.

Lord,
You fill my soul
With peace.

May it stay with me
Day and night,
To help me worship you.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Up and down

Up and down

The Sovereign LORD is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread on the heights (Habakkuk 3:19; NLT).

From the depths of despair, O LORD, I call for your help (Psalm 130:1; NLT).

If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there
(Psalm 139:8; NLT).

 

Lord,
When my soul climbs up
To the heights,
You are there;

And when it goes down
To the depths,
You are there.

Wherever I go,
You are always there
To meet me.

How wonderful you are,
My Lord,
And my God!

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Tough love

Tough love

When the crowds came to John for baptism, he said, “You brood of snakes! Who warned you to flee God’s coming wrath?” (Luke 3:7; NLT).

“Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him (Matthew 9:9; NLT).

‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ ” (Mark 12:31; NLT).

“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you” (Luke 6:27-8; NLT).


God’s love is tough,
He tells us straight,
And warns us of
His wrath to come.

We need to listen
To his voice,
And try to follow
His dear Son;

To say we’re sorry,
And to change,
Love friends and neighbours
As our own;

Love those who hate us,
Those who harm;
Then he will save,
And lead us home.

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Surfing

Surfing

Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me (Psalm 42:7; NIV).

The mighty waters engulfed me; I was buried beneath your wild and stormy waves (Jonah 2:3; NLT).

But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore – the LORD above is mightier than these (Psalm 93:4; NLT).

Kings will stand speechless in his presence (Isaiah 52:15; NLT).


Lord,
In contemplation,
I surf my breathing.

Again and again,
I try to catch a wave
And ride it towards you;
But a sea of problems
Swamps me,
Dragging me down
Into the depths.

Yet,
From time to time,
The surge lifts me up,
Sweeping me effortlessly
Into your presence,
And dropping me at your feet,
Where I am lost for words.

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Sorry

Sorry

“Can a person do anything to help God? Can even a wise person be helpful to him?”  (Job 22:2; NLT).

“I am God, your God! […] If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for all the world is mine and everything in it” (Psalm 50:7,12; NLT).


Lord,
I’m sorry I’m no use to you.

I can only be me -
Battered and bruised by life,
With a damaged body
And mind.

Thank you for loving me
Just as I am.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Contemplation

Contemplation

Now seek the LORD your God with all your heart and soul (1 Chronicles 22:19; NLT).

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

The Lord your God is a devouring fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NLT).

Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the LORD your God and serve him only’ ” (Luke 4:8; NLT).


Lord,
Please help me
To put everything aside,
As I step into the clouds,
To seek you alone.

Lord,
Please help me
To put everything aside,
As I step into the darkness,
To spend time with you alone.

Lord,
Please help me
To put everything aside,
As I step into the fire,
To worship you alone.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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