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Living to the full

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10; NLT).

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).

I have learned how to be content with whatever I have […] I have learned the secret of living in every situation (Philippians 4:11-12; NLT).

Be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NLT).

Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).


Lord,
Living to the full
Doesn’t mean celebrity,
Or getting what we want,
Or having fun.

It means experiencing
Each present moment vividly,
And thanking you in every situation,
Good or bad.

For this is how we grow
In wisdom, in acceptance,
And maturity –
Becoming more and more like you.

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Feeling ill

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

But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content (Psalm 131:2; NIV).


Lord,
I’m feeling ill.

If I can’t serve you today,
Please help me to pray for others.

And if I can’t pray for others,
Please help me to seek you in contemplation.

And if I can’t seek you in contemplation,
Please help me to rest quietly in your arms,
Like a little child.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Freedom

Instead, we will speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

I will say to the prisoners, ‘Come out in freedom’ (Isaiah 49:9; NLT).

In my distress I prayed to the LORD, and the LORD answered me and set me free (Psalm 118:5; NLT).

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10; NLT).
Lord,
You teach, guide,
And inspire me.

You give me courage
To speak the truth with love.

You set me free from fear,
And give me life to the full.

Thank you for your healing,
And your love.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Silent prayer

But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door, and pray to your Father in private (Matthew 6:6; NLT).

…I have calmed and quieted myself (Psalm 131:2; NLT).

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

If only you would listen to his voice today! (Psalm 95:7; NLT).

…the kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; KJV).


Lord,
I’m alone, at last.

I have closed my door,
Then calmed and quieted myself
Before you.

Silent and still,
I wait patiently,
Listening for your voice
Within my soul.

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Lord of creation

Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice! Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise! Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy! Let the trees of the forest rustle with praise before the LORD, for he is coming! (Psalm 96:11-13; NLT).

I love you, LORD (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; NLT).

All the nations you made will come and bow before you, Lord; they will praise your holy name (Psalm 86:9; NLT).

Lord of the cornfields,
Lord of woods
And hills –
I love you.

Lord of the mountains,
Lord of moors
And streams –
I worship you.

Lord of the islands,
Lord of seas
And skies –
I bless you.

Lord of creation,
Lord of life
And death –
I praise your holy name.

Amen.

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Everything I need

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).

For the LORD your God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

The LORD is near (Philippians 4:5; NIV).

I am yours (Psalm 119:94; NLT).

Lord, you are mine! (Psalm 119:57; NLT).

The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need (Psalm 23:1; NLT).

For he loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

Lord,
You are light,
And fire,
And love –
And you are near.

I am yours,
And you are mine –
So I have everything
I need.

Thank you
For your unfailing love.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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