Sorry

Sorry

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

Remember him (Ecclesiastes 12:6; NIV).

Father,
I’m sorry
I forget you
For long periods
Every day.

I’m sorry
For the weakness
Of my prayers,
My love,
And my service:
Please forgive me.

Help me to remember you
Constantly,
Always praising you,
Thanking you,
And praying for others
In my heart.

I ask this through the name
Of your dear Son,
Amen.

Sin and service

Sin and service

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9; NIV).

Father,
I’m so sorry
For all my sins –
Please forgive me.

Help me not to sin today
In thought,
Word or deed,
But to serve you,
By offering love
To everyone I meet.

I ask this in Jesus’ holy name,
Amen.

 

Reaching out

Reaching out

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

Come near to God and he will come near to you (James 4:8; NIV).

Slowly,
I leave behind
The bright morning light
Filling my room,
And the incessant chatter
Of my thoughts,
As I reach out to you,
My Father,
My Dear One,
My Lord,
And my God.
How great you are!

Small

Small

Though the LORD is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly; though lofty, he sees them from afar (Psalm 138:6; NIV).

Almighty God,
Creator of the universe,
Of time and space –
Thank you for allowing me
To worship you,
Though I am so small.

Today

Today

Isaac said, “I am an old man and don’t know the day of my death” (Genesis 27:2; NIV).

“The LORD brings death and makes alive” (1 Samuel 2:6; NIV).

As no one has power over the wind to contain it, so no one has power over the time of their death (Ecclesiastes 8:8; NIV).

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour” (Matthew 25:13; NIV).

Father,
Thank you for
All my yesterdays,
Both good
And bad.

Only you
Know how many
Tomorrows
I have to come –
So all I have
Is now.

Lord,

Please help me
To love and serve you –
Today,
Tomorrow,
And every day.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Care and share

Care and share 

“Is this not the kind of fasting I have chosen: […] to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” (Isaiah 58:7-7; NIV).

John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same (Luke 3:11; NIV).

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased (Hebrews 13:16; NIV).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Luke 10:27; NIV).

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

Lord,
Please help us all
To care for one another,
Regardless of colour,
Race,
Or creed,
And to share
The world’s resources
More fairly
With those who have
Less than ourselves.

We ask this
In Jesus’ holy name,
Amen.

Instant prayers

Instant prayers 

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests (Ephesians 6:18; NIV).

1. Forgive,
Help,
Heal
And bless me,
Lord.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

2. I love,
Worship
And praise you,
My Lord and my God.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.