THE ROCK

The rock

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand (Psalm 40:2; NLT).

“The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my saviour” (2 Samuel 22:2; NLT).


Lord,
Thank you
For loving me,
Saving me,
And setting my feet securely
On the rock
Of your presence.

I can never
Repay you –
Only love you in return,
With all my heart.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

TEMPTATION

Temptation

And “don’t sin by letting anger control you” (Ephesians 4: 26; NLT).

People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison (James 3:7-8; NLT).

And don’t let us yield to temptation (Matthew 6:13; NLT).

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


Lord,
When we’re angry,
We can so easily
Hurt others
With our silence,
Words,
Or actions –

So please help us
To resist temptation,
And to speak the truth
In love.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

FREE

Free

You will free the captives from prison, releasing those who sit in dark dungeons (Isaiah 42:7; NLT).

“And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength” (Luke 10:27; NLT).

“Love your neighbour as yourself” (Matthew 19:19; NLT).


Lord,
By the power
Of your Holy Spirit,
Please set us free
In body,
Mind,
Heart,
And soul,
To love you,
Others,
And even ourselves.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Paradox

Paradox

“If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me” (Jeremiah 29:13-14; NLT).

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


Lord,
In darkness,
We find your light;

In silence,
We hear your voice;

In emptiness,
We find your presence;

And in solitude,
We find your love.

My goal

My goal

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14; NIV).

Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant (Galatians 1:10; NLT).


Lord,
You are my goal.

Please help me
To leave behind
All that proves unhelpful
As I press on through life
Towards you –
Even if other people
Disapprove!

CONTEMPLATION

Contemplation

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).

In your presence there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11; NRSV).

But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

You satisfy me more than the richest feast (Psalm 63:5; NLT).

Silence.
Stillness.
Waiting.

Darkness.
Emptiness.
Space.

Light.
Presence.
Worship.

Praise.
Joy.
Peace.

Love.
Union.
Fulfilment.

Daily prayer

Daily prayer

“If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me” (Jeremiah 29:13-14; NLT).

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


Father,
I seek you
With all my heart.

May I find you
At all times,
In all places,
And in all people.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

EVERYTHING I NEED

Everything I need

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance (Romans 5:3; NLT).

As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength (Psalm 138:3; NLT).

“To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given” (Matthew 13:12; NLT).

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


Lord,
Thank you for giving me
Everything I need in life –

All the trials I need,
All the strength I need,
All the lessons I need,
And all the love I need.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Always and everywhere

Always and everywhere

“If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me” (Jeremiah 29:13-14; NIV).

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


Father,
I seek you with all my heart.

May I find you
Always and everywhere –

In town
And country,

In sound
And silence,

In movement
And stillness,

In darkness
And light,

In company
And solitude,

In joy
And grief,

In life,
And in death.

Lord,
May I find you
Always and everywhere –

In the name
Of your dear Son.

Amen.

SILENCE

Silence

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

Be silent before the LORD, all humanity (Zechariah 2:13; NLT).

Obey his commands, listen to his voice and cling to him (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation (Galatians 6:15; NLT).

Lord,
Waiting for you in silence
Is different every time…

Relaxing,
Restorative,
Or blissful;

Challenging,
Alarming,
Disturbing;

Inspiring,
Awesome –
Even revelatory;

For when you speak,
Our hearts
Are transformed,

And our lives
Turned
Upside down.