Prayer

Prayer

“Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you” (Mark 14:36; NLT).

And the Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus
(Philippians 2:5; NIV).

 

Father,
Everything is possible for you.

By the power of your Holy Spirit,
Please help me to grow
More like your dear Son
In thought, word and deed,
With every day that passes.

Through his most precious name,
Amen.

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Restoration

Restoration 

You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth (Psalm 71:20; NLT).

“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind” (Luke 10:27; NLT).

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength (Isaiah 40:31; NLT).

I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore I will hope in him” (Lamentations 3:24; NLT).

He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them
(1 John 4:16; NLT).


Lord,
Restore me to life again,
And lift me up
From the depths of the earth.

My body is weak -
Help me to find strength
In your power.

My mind is sad -
Help me to find hope
In your Word.

My heart is lonely -
Help me to find joy
In your presence.

My soul is empty -
Help me to find fulfilment
In your love.

Lord,
Restore me to life again,
And lift me up
From the depths of the earth,
I pray.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Convalescent

Convalescent

Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion (Psalm 103: 2-4; NIV).


Lord,
I’m sixty-two,
And convalescent
At last!

All my life
You’ve been helping me
To overcome my childhood.

All my life
You’ve been healing me
Step by step.

Thank you
For redeeming my life
From the pit.

Thank you
For crowning me
With your love and compassion.

Lord,
I’m making progress -
I’m sixty-two,
And convalescent
At last!

In Jesus’ precious name,
Amen.

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The curtain

The curtain

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine” (Isaiah 55:8; NLT).

And the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom (Mark 15:38; NLT).

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face
(1 Corinthians 13:12; NIV).

Lord,
We can’t describe you,
Nor can we understand
Your thoughts,
For you are far beyond us
In every way.

But we know
You are love,
And light,
And fire;
And we know
You are near.

Help us to fix our hearts
On you,
Seeking you
Throughout our lives,
Until we pass through
The torn curtain of death,
And see you face to face
At last.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
Amen.

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Change

Change

So God created human beings in his own image (Genesis 1:27; NLT).

So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him (1 John 3:2; NLT).

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus
(Philippians 2:5; NIV).

Lord,
You created us
In your own image,
But we deface your glory
With our sins.

Teach us,
And train us,
We beg you.

Help us to grow
More like your dear Son,
So we reflect his glory
To everyone we meet.

We ask this for his name’s sake,
Amen.

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Into your hands

 Into your hands

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you
(Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

You have shown me the way of life, and you will fill me with the joy of your presence
(Acts 2:28; NLT).

Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence (Ephesians 3:12; NLT).

I entrust my spirit into your hand (Psalm 31:5; NLT).

Lord,
I’ve said my prayers;

Now I can relax
In your arms.

Thank you for loving me
Just as I am,

And for welcoming me
Into your presence.

I entrust my spirit
Into your hand.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Speaking the truth

Today’s blog is a completely unexpected development from yesterday’s…


Speaking the truth 

…speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart
(Proverbs 3:3; NLT).

Pray for those who hurt you (Luke 6:28; NLT).

…forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).


Father,
Thank goodness
I’m not a helpless child
Any more!

Thank you for showing me
That I no longer have to feel
Silenced, trapped and scared
When someone starts hectoring me,
Raising their voice,
Trying to impose their opinions on me
And to dominate me.

Thank you for giving me
The words I need to use:

Sorry to interrupt you,
But I’m feeling trapped and scared,
So I’m going to end
This conversation now.

Then I will walk away,
Or put down the phone,
Or end our correspondence.

Lord, please tie these words
Around my neck as a reminder,
And write them deep within my heart.

Help me to speak the truth with love
To those who scare me,
Then to withdraw from them
Without delay.

Afterwards,
Please help me to forgive them,
To pray for them,
And to get some healthy boundaries
In place with them!

I ask all this in Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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