Boundaries

Boundaries

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

I speak with all sincerity; I speak the truth (Job 33:3; NLT).

Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth (Ephesians 6:14; NLT).


Lord,
It can take me several hours
To realise I need to get
Some boundaries in place
With those who scare me.

Please help me
To recognise my fear more quickly,
And to take swift action,
By standing my ground,
And speaking the truth with love.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Prayer

Prayer

I lift my hands to you in prayer (Psalm 143:6; NLT).

I lift my eyes to you, O God (Psalm 123:1; NLT).

Let us lift our hearts and hands to God in heaven (Lamentations 3:41; NLT).

Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul (Psalm 25:1; KJV).


Lord,
I lift my hands to you
In prayer;

I lift my eyes to you
In faith;

I lift my heart to you
In love;

And I lift my soul to you
In awe.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Waste

Waste

These wicked people are born sinners; even from birth they have lied and gone their own way (Psalm 58:3; NLT).

“A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living” (Luke 15:13; NLT).

“So he returned to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him” (Luke 15:20; NLT).


Father,
When we turn our backs on you
And go our own way,
We waste our lives
In sin and selfishness.

Yet you wait for us
With arms outstretched,
Always ready to forgive,
And longing to welcome us
With a kiss.

Light

Light

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

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me, will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12; NIV).

God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil (John 3:19; NLT).

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love (Ephesians 5:1-2; NIV).


Father,
Your light streams out
Into the darkness
Of our world,
But we close our eyes to it,
And turn our backs on you,
Choosing sin and evil,
Rather than your way of love.

Prayer

Prayer

“Keep on seeking, and you will find” (Matthew 7:7; NLT).

And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him (Hebrews 10:21-2; NLT).

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


Father,
Thank you for giving us prayer –
So we can seek your presence
In our souls,
Day and night,
For as long as we live.

Through your Son’s name,
Amen.

Happiness

Happiness

Life is not measured by how much you own” (Luke 12:15; NLT).

People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7; NLT).

The LORD gave me what I had, and the LORD has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD!” (Job 1:21; NLT).

“Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God” (Luke 12:21; NLT).

Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found (Psalm 119:35; NLT).


Lord,
Please help me
Not be fooled
Into believing
That happiness depends
On my relationships,
Appearance,
Clothes,
Possessions,
Money,
Home,
Holidays,
Intellect,
Career,
Abilities,
Achievements,
Or state of health;

For sooner or later
Everything I think is mine
Will be taken from me,
Except my soul –
And you.

Kingdom

Kingdom 

May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10; NLT).

I tell you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation that will produce the proper fruit (Matthew 21:43; NLT).

For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17; NLT).

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22; NLT).


Father,
May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
As it is in heaven.

I pray for peace in every nation,
Self-control in every leader,
Goodness in every person;

Faithfulness in every partnership,
Kindness in every family,
Gentleness in every parent;

Patience in every mind,
Joy in every heart,
And love in every soul.

I ask this in the name of  your dear Son,
Amen.

Contentment

Contentment

“Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” (Job 2:10; NLT).

I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation (Philippians 4:12; NLT).

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NLT).


Lord,

Please help me
To be content
With what I can do –
And to thank you for it;
Rather than feeling
Sorry for myself
About what I can’t do –
And complaining!

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Waste

Waste

These wicked people are born sinners; even from birth they have lied and gone their own way (Psalm 58:3; NLT).

“A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living” (Luke 15:13; NLT).

So he returned to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him” (Luke 15:20; NLT).


Father,
We turn our backs on you
And go our own way,
Wasting our lives
In sin and selfishness.

Yet you wait for us
With arms outstretched,
Ready to forgive,
And longing to welcome us
With a kiss.