Like Christ

And the Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him (1 John 3:2; NIV).

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5; NIV).

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


Lord Jesus,
Thank you that
The purpose of life
Lies not in doing,
But in growing
And in being
More like you.

Please help me
As I learn to be myself –
Honest and authentic,
Just like you.

Prayer

“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you” (Luke 6:27-8; NLT).

“If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them!” (Luke 6:32; NLT).


Father,
Please help me
To seek your Son
In all those I find difficult –

This bitter woman,
This angry man,
This spiteful child,
And this self-centred ‘friend’,
Who only talks about herself,
And never thinks
Of asking how I am.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Different

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

But many were amazed when they saw him. His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human, and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man (Isaiah 52:14; NLT).

But Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head” (Matthew 8:20; NLT).

Some said, “He’s demon-possessed and out of his mind. Why listen to a man like that?” (John 10:20; NLT).

Then Jesus explained his meaning: “I tell you the truth, corrupt tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the Kingdom of God before you do” (Matthew 21:31; 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).


Lord Jesus,
Seeking you
Is quite a challenge –

What with your odd appearance,
And the colour o
f your skin,

Your unfamiliar clothes,
And foreign tongue,

Your unconventional lifestyle,
And your strange religious views –

Yet you are waiting to be found
In everyone we meet,
From all of whom
We have so much to learn.

Contemplation

‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants – men and women alike – and they will prophesy’ (Acts 2:17-18; NLT).

Father,
What will I experience
In contemplation today?

Brightness,
Darkness,
Or emptiness?

Sensations,
Worries,
Or fantasies?

Thoughts,
Emotions,
Or memories?

Dreams,
Visions,
Or inspiration?

Lord,
Whatever I experience
During contemplation today,
May it help me
To understand myself more deeply,
And to draw ever closer
To you.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Contemplation

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness (Luke 4:1; NIV).


Father,
Contemplation
Is a journey
With you
Each day,
During which
I slowly explore
The wilderness
Hidden deep
Within myself.

At peace

Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? (Job 2:10; NIV).

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).

“Submit to God and be at peace with him” (Job 22:21; NIV).


Lord,
Please help me
To be at peace –

With my body,
Just as it is;

With my mind,
Just as it is;

With my heart,
Just as it it;

And with my soul,
Just as it is.

Then,
No matter how I am,
I’ll be at peace with you –
And with myself.

Thanks

“But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence”
(Jeremiah 17:7; NLT).

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NLT).

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today” (Matthew 6:34; NLT).

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).


Lord,
I’m glad that you alone
Know what tomorrow
Will bring.

Please help me
To live one day at a time,
Trusting you,
Thanking you
In all circumstances,
And making the best I can
Of everything that happens –
Good and bad.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Suffering

For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you” (Hebrews 13:5; NLT).

I know the LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me (Psalm 16:8; NLT).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).


Lord,
When we suffer,
You don’t abandon us,
However far from you
We feel.

Rather,
You suffer too,
Beside us –
So we’re never alone,
No matter what we face.

Lord

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


Lord,
You are everything
That’s best in me.

For you are
The light in my mind,
The love in my heart,
And the fire in my soul.

Acceptance

Into your hands I commit my spirit (Psalm 31:5; NIV).


Father,
Contemplation is a time
For self-acceptance.

So I relax my body,
Accepting my aches and pains.

I relax my mind,
Accepting my worries and fears.

I relax my heart,
Accepting my anger and hurt.

Then, I relax my soul,
Entrusting it into your hands,
And accepting that you love me
Just as I am.