Toxic

Toxic 

Their tongues sting like a snake (Psalm 140:3; NLT).

Like lions they open their jaws against me, roaring and tearing into their prey (Psalm 22:13; NLT).

The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my saviour; my God is my rock in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety (Psalm 18:2; NLT).

It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built (Luke 6:48; NLT).


Lord,
Please help me to recognise
Toxic people –

The selfish ones
Who drain me,
Giving nothing in return;

The angry ones
Who make me anxious
And afraid.

Help me to stand firm with you,
So I can protect my boundaries,
And stay away from toxic relationships.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

A journey

A journey

He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him (Daniel 2:22; NIV).

He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings utter darkness into the light (Job 12:22; NIV).

God is light; in him there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5; NIV).

Lord,
In silent prayer,
You take my hand,
And lead me on a journey
Into the darkness
Of my soul,
And the radiance
Of yours.

Darkness

Darkness

To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you (Psalm 139:12; NLT).

O LORD my God, how great you are! (Psalm 104;1; NLT).

“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28; NLT).


Father,
Today, for the very first time,
I found you in darkness.

There was neither light,
Nor any need of light –
For you were present
In the darkness,
And I was overjoyed
To meet you there.

How great you are,
My Lord and my God!

Far away

Far away

O LORD, why do you stand so far away? (Psalm 10:1; NLT).

We look for light, but all is darkness; for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows (Isaiah 59:9; NLT).

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life” (John 8:12; NLT).

 

Father,
You seem so very far away.

I seek you
Again and again
In contemplation,

But I can’t see your light,
Or hear your voice,
Or reach your hand.

Please help me to follow your Son,
On this dark and lonely stretch
Of the path.

In his precious name,
Amen.

Christmas

Christmas

Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord (Luke 2:11; NIV).


Father,
I’ve just watched
Some pre-Christmas adverts
On TV.

Their only purpose
Is to make money,
By persuading us
To indulge in excess food,
Alcohol,
And ‘gifts’
We don’t need.

They want us to believe
These things will make us happy,
Rather than corrupting us
In body,
Mind,
And soul.

Lord,
How have we moved
From a simple celebration
Of your birth,
To this appalling orgy
Of over-consumption
And materialistic waste?

Overdraft

Overdraft

Now I will expose your so-called good deeds. None of them will help you (Isaiah 57:12; NLT).


Lord,
It’s a relief that
We don’t have to
Earn your love
By our good deeds –
For if we did,
I would have
A massive overdraft!

Sin

Sin

Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin (Psalm 51:2; NLT).

So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:27; NLT).

“Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him  (Matthew 9:9; NLT).


Lord,
Please strip away
My sins,
Faults,
And weaknesses.

Wash away my guilt,
Restore me to your image,
And help me to follow
Your dear Son.

In his most precious name,
Amen.