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.

HEALING

I am the LORD who heals you (Exodus 15:26; NLT).

He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds (Psalm 147:3; NLT).

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NLT).


Lord,
Thank you
For healing
My mind,
Heart,
And soul
Day after day –
Even as my body
Moves closer
To death!

Honesty

But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there (Psalm 51:6; NLT).

LORD, you are searching for honesty (Jeremiah 5:3; NLT).

Pay attention to my prayer, for it comes from honest lips (Psalm 17:1; NLT).

An honest answer is like a kiss of friendship (Proverbs 24:26; NLT).

But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities (Luke 16:10; NLT).

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

Father,
If we can’t be honest
With ourselves,
We can’t be honest
In our prayers.

And if we can’t be honest
In our prayers,
We can’t be honest
With you.

And if we can’t be honest
With you,
Well –
When can we be honest?

Lord,
Please help us
To speak the truth with love,
So we grow more and more
Like your dear Son.

We ask this in his precious name,
Amen.

COME BACK

We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” (2 Corinthians 5:20; NLT).

Come close to God, and he will come close to you (James 4:8; NLT).

“If you return to him, he will not continue to turn his face from you” (2 Corinthians 30:9; NLT).

Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NLT).

“…the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26; NIV).


Come back to God,
And he will come back to you.

Come close to God,
And he will come close to you.

Then he will turn his face
Towards you,
Welcome you with open arms,
And give you peace.

GOD’S PRESENCE

God’s presence

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord (Psalm 114:7; NLT).

As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the poplar trees, move quickly, because that will mean the LORD has gone out in front of you (2 Samuel 5:24; NIV).

For I am the LORD your God, who stirs up the sea, causing its waves to roar (Isaiah 51:15; NLT).

The heavens proclaim the glory of God (Psalm 19:1; NLT).

God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).


Lord,
Your presence fills the earth –
How great you are!

We hear your footsteps
In restless tree-tops,
And glimpse your splendour
In high mountains.

We sense your power
In roaring waves,
And feel your touch
In gentle rain.

We see your glory
In the heavens,
And breathe your perfume
In wild flowers.

We taste your sweetness
In contemplation,
And experience your love
Within our hearts.

Lord,
Your presence fills the earth –
How great you are!

PRAYER

Prayer

“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 19:18; NLT).


Lord,
Please give me strength of mind,
So I can seek you;

Energy,
So I can follow you;

A loving heart,
So I can serve you;

And a humble soul,
So I can worship you.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

SOUL

Soul

He is your life and the length of your days (Deuteronomy 30:20; NKJV).

He will sit like a refiner of silver, burning away the dross (Malachi 3:3; NLT).

…the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).


Lord,
You are my maker
And my life.

You determine
The length of my days.

Your love creates
And fills my soul.

Though my body will be
Destroyed by death,

My spirit will return to you,
The One w
ho gave it.