Today

“Here I am” (1 Samuel:3:4; NIV).

I love you, LORD; you are my strength (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

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

“And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me’ ” (Matthew 25:45; NLT).


Father,
Here I am.
I love you.
I belong to you.
You are my strength.

Please help me today
With everything I think,
And say,
And do,

So I can speak the truth
In love,
And serve you
In everyone I meet.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Keep on seeking

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


Lord,
Whatever happens,
Please help me
To keep on seeking you afresh
Each day.

I’ve looked for you
As a Catholic,
A Methodist,
And a Baptist.

I’ve searched for you
As an Anglican,
A Quaker,
And a Buddhist.

I’ve tried to find you
As a hedge-witch,
A Community novice,
And a contemplative.

Thank you, Lord,
For all the mistakes I’ve made,
And for everything
I’ve learned throughout my life.

Whatever happens,
Please help me
To keep on seeking you afresh
Each day.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Dry

O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water (Psalm 63:1; NLT).

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help? (Psalm 22:1; NLT).

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13; NLT).

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; NRSV).


My God,
Where are you?
Have you abandoned me?

My body is weak,
My mind, distressed.
My heart is empty,
And my soul is dry.

Let me hear your voice,
And feel your presence,
For my life is a desert
Where I cannot even pray.

Father,
Please help me.
May your Son
Give me the strength
To search for you,

And your Sprit
Pray for me,
With sighs
Too deep for words.

Amen.

Freedom

For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17; NLT).

He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins (Ephesians 1:7; NLT).

He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone (1 Timothy 2:6; NLT).


Father,
Thank you for the freedom
To think for myself,
Read what I want,
Speak my mind,
Go where I wish,
Do what I think best,
And worship as I choose.

Please help all those
Throughout the world
Who don’t have
These precious freedoms.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Limitations

For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10; NLT).


Father,
If I were young,
I would have energy
To spare –
As others do.

And if I were tall,
I could reach
High shelves –
As others do.

And if I were strong,
I could carry
Heavy bags –
As others do.

And if I were confident,
I could travel alone
Without stress –
As others do.

But I am old,
And small,
And weak,
And insecure.

Lord,
May I always remember
That when I am weak,
Then I am strong,
Because of you.

Help me to love
And serve you
In everyone I meet,
Despite my limitations.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

GOD

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16; NLT).

Lord,
You are the God
Who gives me breath.

You see me,
Hear me,
Answer my prayers,
And rescue me.

You heal me,
Set me free,
Delight in me,
And love me.

You know me,
Judge me.
Forgive me,
And teach me.

You bless me,
Save me,
And give me
Eternal life.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

SOUL

But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him (1 Corinthians 6:17; NLT).

For then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NLT).


Father,
My soul
Is part of you,
But here on earth
It’s in exile.

When I seek you
In contemplation,
May my soul unite
With yours –
However briefly.

Please help me
To practice your presence
Day and night,
So my soul remains
In touch with yours.

At death,
It will return to you,
To be united
With the One
Who gave it.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.