Love

Love

Follow the way of love
(1 Corinthians 14:1; NIV).

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

And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow
(1 Thessalonians 3:12; NIV).


Father,
We, your people,
Cause so much suffering
In the world.

Please help me
To be part of the solution,
Rather than part of the problem,

By offering love to others
Every day,
And everywhere I go.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Alive

Alive

Depression haunts my days (Job 30:16; NLT).

“Is it your wisdom that makes the hawk soar and spread its wings toward the south?” (Job 39:26; NLT).

The wind blows and we are gone – as though we had never been here
(Psalm 103:16; NLT).

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


Father,
Today, I felt alive!

I was having a great bike ride,
And then I crashed,
And a kind woman
Stopped to help me;

And I saw a sparrow-hawk,
Sitting on a step
Not ten feet away,
And we gazed at each other
For a long moment,
Until it spread its wings
And flew away;

And a friend put my chain back on,
And bandaged my knee,
And got me some water,
And gave me a hug;

And I cycled home
Against the untethered wind,
Soaring through wide blue skies
And streaming clouds
Towards your infinite, shining sea –

And for the first time ever,
I knew I was truly alive.

Saying sorry

Saying sorry

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard
(Romans 3:22-4; NLT).

“So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God” (Matthew 5:23-4; NLT).

…forgive us our sins (Luke 11:4; NLT).


You know what?

God doesn’t expect us
To be perfect!

He just expects us
To be sorry
And to apologise,
Every single time
We hurt someone.

Faith

Faith 

For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end
(Psalm 48:14; NIV).

Not a single person on earth is always good and never sins (Ecclesiastes 7:20; NLT).

God is faithful (1 Corinthians 10:13; NIV).

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


Father,
Please help me
Never to let my faith
Depend on how others
Behave towards me,
Or I will constantly
Be at risk
Of losing it –
And may the faith of others
Never depend on me!

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Thanks

Thanks

…our God gives light to our eyes (Ezra 9:8; NIV).

O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth they praise (Psalm 51:15; KJV).


Father,
Thank you for filling
My eyes with light,
My ears with sound,
My mouth with praise,
My heart with love,
And my soul with faith.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Miracle

Miracle

“You are the God who sees me” (Genesis 16:13; NLT).

Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely (Psalm 139:4; NIV).

But as for me, LORD, you know my heart. You see me and test my thoughts
(Jeremiah 12:3; NLT).

You know everything I do (Psalm 139:3; NLT).

We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love (1 John 4:16; NLT).


Father,
I bow down before you
In shame.

You know my every thought,
Word and deed.

Yet still, by a miracle,
You love me.

Lord,
Thank you for loving me.

I put my trust In you,
Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Children

Children

But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children” (Matthew 19:14; NLT).

“But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone hung around your neck” (Mark 9:42; NLT).


Father,
I pray for children everywhere
Who are abused,
Neglected,
Bullied,
Exploited,
And victimised.

Please heal the hearts
Of all who
Dominate and despoil
Young lives.

Protect these children’s 
Minds and bodies,
So they will have a better future,
Despite the damaging long-term effects
Of all they experience.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Healing and forgiveness

Healing and forgiveness

Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others (Colossians 3:13; NLT).

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone (Romans 12:18; NIV).


Father,
Please heal
All the hurt,
Anger and anxiety
I have caused to others,
And all the hurt,
Anger and anxiety
Others have caused to me.

Forgive me,
As I forgive them,
And help me to live at peace
With everyone.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

From war to peace

From war to peace

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

Follow the way of love (1 Corinthians 14.1; NIV).

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34; NIV).

For God is not a God of disorder but of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33; NLT).


Father,
Why do we hate and fear
Each other so much?

Why do we want to drive out
And destroy
Those whose faith, colour,
Or customs
Are different from our own?

Lord,
You are love,
And your way
Is the way of love.

Anything else
Is a tragic misunderstanding
Of your nature
And commandments.

Help us to move
From war to peace –
With you,
Within ourselves,
And with our brothers and sisters
All around the world.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Overwhelmed

Overwhelmed

“But I will show you whom you should fear: fear him [God] who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him”
(Luke 12:58; NIV).

“I am nothing” (Job 40:4; NLT).

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy! I look to you for protection (Psalm 57:1; NLT).

Hide me in the shadow of your wings (Psalm 17:8; NLT).

And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish (Matthew 8:25; KJV).


Father,
I’m afraid!

You are too great
For me.

Too strong
And overwhelming.

Too powerful
And awesome.

I am nothing before you,
My Lord and my God.

Have mercy on me –
Hide me in the shadow
Of your wings.

Save me,
Or I perish!