Prayer

Jesus

Jesus 

* For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NIV).

* Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6; NIV).

* The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being (Hebrews 1:3; NIV).

Father,
You have revealed yourself
To the world
Through your beloved Son,
Yet many still reject him.

Help us to recognise
And turn to him,
For he alone is the way,
The truth and the life,
And he alone
Can lead us
To your presence.

 

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Night prayer

Night prayer 

* In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety (Psalm 4:8; NIV).
* On my bed I remember you (Psalm 63:6; NIV).
* For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8; NIV).
* This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10; NIV).
* Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12; NIV).

Father God,
Thank you for today –

For every breath I’ve taken,
And each beat of my heart;

For my senses and emotions,
The ability to think, speak and act.

For my water, food and medication,
My clothes, and everything I’ve used;

For my family and home,
Friends, neighbours and church;

But most of all,
Thank you for your gift of faith,
And for sending your dear Son
To live and die for me,
So my sins can be forgiven
And I can belong to you.

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Gifts

Gifts

* This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10; NIV).

* In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross! (Philippians; 2:5-8; NIV).

*Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13; NIV).

Lord Jesus Christ,
Son of the Living God,
The Magi brought you gifts of
Gold, frankincense and myrrh.

We too bow down before you,
Acknowledging your divinity,
High priesthood
And obedience to death.

For you made yourself the servant of all,
Laying down your life
So our sins can be forgiven,
And opening the very gates of heaven to us.

Thank you for giving us yourself,
Our Lord and our God.

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Circumcision

Circumcision

* A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit , not by the written code (Romans 2:28-9; NIV).

*Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only’ ” 
(Luke 4:8; NIV).

* Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28; NIV).

Father,
By the power of your Holy Spirit,
Please circumcise my mind,
My heart,
And my soul.

Mark me for life,
So everyone will know
I belong to you,
My Lord and my God,
And you only will I worship and serve.

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A breathing meditation

Today’s prayer is a very practical exercise. If you haven’t done any Christian contemplation before, and want to try it, go to a quiet place where will not be interrupted for 10-20 minutes (don’t take a phone). Sit comfortably, and make sure you are warm enough – a soft blanket can be very comforting. Relax, be still, and allow yourself to become aware of your breathing. Then slowly pray the first line of the first couplet (either in a whisper, or silently in your head), whilst breathing in, and the second line whilst breathing out. There is no hurry. Breathe in and out slowly between each verse, enjoying the quietness. Then do the same with the next couplet, and so on. Thoughts, feelings and memories will probably come into your mind, distracting you from the exercise. Just quietly be aware of them, but give them no attention. Gently let them go, and continue to pray. You might want to say the whole prayer two or three times, allowing the silence and stillness within you to deepen. Continue to sit quietly for a minute or two after finishing, experiencing the moment. Then wriggle your fingers and toes, and start moving your arms and legs, to prepare your body for standing up. Get up slowly, taking a couple of breaths, before moving on gently to continue with your day. See if you can take some of that inner peace with you, as you leave your solitary place.

A breathing meditation

* Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed (Mark 1:35; NIV).
* But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen (Matthew 6:6; NIV).
* Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).
* He says, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10; NIV).
* Be silent before the Sovereign LORD (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

Lord, in this solitary place,
I let go of everything but you.

Lord, in this patient waiting,
I let go of everything but you.

Lord, in this peaceful stillness,
I let go of everything but you.

Lord, in this deepening silence,
I let go of everything but you.

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Love

Today’s prayer is based on some of the most important words in the New Testament:
“The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love” (Galatians 5:6; NIV). 
In other words: if a thought, word or deed isn’t loving, it isn’t Christian!

Love

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6; NIV).

Father,
I love you.

Please help me
To reflect your love
To others
In all my thoughts,
Words and deeds.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Contemplation

Contemplation 

*Samuel answered, “Here I am” (1 Samuel 3:4; NIV).
*My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek (Psalm 27;8; NIV).
*Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).
*He says, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10; NIV).
* Be silent before the Sovereign LORD (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).
* None can compare with you (Psalm 40:5; NIV).
* How great is God – beyond our understanding (Job 36:26; NIV).

Father,
Here I am,
Ready to seek your face.

Each time I breathe in,
I draw a little nearer
To your presence;

And each time I breathe out,
I set aside the thoughts distracting me 

From you alone.

Slowly,
My body becomes still,
And my mind falls silent.

Then my heart worships without words,
While my soul overflows with love.

Lord, none can compare with you.
How great you are –
Beyond my understanding.

 

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