Prayer

Prayer 

“If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the LORD (Jeremiah 29:13-14; NLT).

“ ‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’  And, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ ” (Luke 10:27; NLT).


Lord,
May your Holy Spirit
Help me –

To seek you
With all my mind,

Love you
With all my heart,

Praise you
With all my soul,

And serve you
With all my strength.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Meaning

Meaning

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).

“If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the LORD (Jeremiah 29:13-14; NLT).

“ ‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’  And, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ ” (Luke 10:27; NLT).


Lord,
Luxuries and treats
Can’t lift our state of mind
For long;

Shopping and consumer goods
Can’t make our lives
Worthwhile;

For meaning comes
Through seeking you
Wholeheartedly –

And loving
Other people
As ourselves.

Illness

Illness

“If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23; NLT).

Lord,
Please help us
To face illness
Without denial,
Self-pity,
Or bitterness.

May we embrace it
As a valued part of life –
Our training-ground,
Our discipline,
Our cross.

May we accept it,
And adapt to it,
Learning all we can,
Then helping others
To do the same.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

God who sees me

God who sees me

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

I love the LORD because he hears my voice (Psalm 116:1; NLT).

O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me
(Psalm 139:1; NLT).

LORD, you are the God who saves me (Psalm 88:1; NIV).

“I am the LORD, who heals you” (Exodus 15:27; NIV).

For he loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

He ransoms me and keeps me safe (Psalm 55:18; NLT).

Send out your light and your truth; let them guide me. Let them lead me to your holy mountain, to the place where you live
(Psalm 43:3; NLT).


God who sees me,
And who hears me,

God who knows me,
And who saves me,

God who heals me,
And who loves me –

Keep me safe,
And guide me home.

Paradise

Paradise

He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain (Revelation 21:4; NLT).


No more tears,
Or suffering,
Or pain;

No more hurt,
Or loneliness,
Or hate;

No more rage,
Or cruelty,
Or death –

Ah –
This must be paradise,
At last!

Hand in hand

Hand in hand

For I hold you by your right hand – I, the LORD your God. And I say to you, “Don’t be afraid, I am here to help you” (Isaiah 41:13; NLT).

Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding (Hebrews 6:1; NLT).

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


Lord,
You know
Exactly how tight
To hold my hand,
As I grow
Towards maturity
In understanding you.

How wonderful you are!
How kind!

Contemplation

Contemplation

Now seek the LORD your God with all your heart and soul
(1 Chronicles 22:19; NLT).


Lord,
When I seek you in contemplation,
I never know what lies ahead…

It can be bliss,
Humility,
Or love;

Space,
Radiance,
Or darkness;

Unity,
Nothingness,
Or presence;

Reverence,
Ecstasy,
Or overwhelming awe.

Lord,
When I seek you in contemplation,
I never know what lies ahead…

Torture

Torture 

He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman Soldiers to be crucified (Mark 15:15; NLT).

They spit on him and took the staff and struck him on the head with it again and again (Matthew 27:30; NLT).

Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross (Mark 15:24; NLT).

My enemies surround me like a pack of dogs; an evil gang closes in on me. They have pierced my hands and feet (Psalm 22:16; NLT).

Everyone who sees me mocks me. They sneer and shake their heads, saying, “Is this the one who relies on the LORD? Then let the LORD save him!” (Psalm 22:7-8; NLT).

Look! The LORD is coming from far away, burning with anger, surrounded by thick, rising smoke. His lips are filled with fury; his words consume like fire (Isaiah 30:27; NLT).


Almighty God,
We, your people,
Are beneath contempt
When we inflict pain,
Fear,
And degradation
On those in our power.

May our souls
Be overwhelmed
By shame,
Until we fall to our knees,
Begging for your forgiveness –
And for theirs.

Contemplation

Contemplation

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD (Jeremiah 29:13-14; NIV).

Then the Lord you are seeking will suddenly come to his temple (Malachi 3:1; NLT).


Lord,
How is it
That sometimes
I can seek you
In contemplation
So fruitlessly,
Then,
Just as I’m about
To stop trying,
Suddenly
You appear?

Seeking God

Seeking God

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

“If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me”
(Jeremiah 29:13; NLT).


Lord,
I seek you
With all my heart.

Please help me to find you
In everyone I meet today.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.