Presence

Be still in the presence of the LORD (Psalm 37:7; NLT).

Stand in silence in the presence of the Sovereign LORD (Zephaniah 1:7; NLT).

“How can someone like me, your servant, talk to you, my lord? My strength is gone, and I can hardly breathe” (Daniel 10:17; NLT).


Lord,
You are here.

I’m still,
I’m silent,
And I hardly dare to breathe –
In case I spoil the moment.

Thank you for your presence,
And your love.

Speaking the truth

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


Lord,
When someone
Speaks to me aggressively,
Please help me to protect
My frozen, terrified,
Helpless inner child –
By speaking the truth with love,
Like your dear Son.

Live patiently

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience (Colossians 3:12; NLT).

…be satisfied with what you have (Hebrews 13:5; NLT).


Lord,
Please help me
To live patiently
Within my limitations,
Satisfied with what I have,
And always remembering
The futility of comparing my situation
To that of anyone else.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Failing

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NLT).

I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember you (Psalm 42:6; NLT).

“He will not fail you, or forsake you” (1 Chronicles 28:20; NLT).

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


Father,
Even as I ask you
To help me rejoice
Throughout the day,
I know I’ll fail.

Even as I ask you
To help me pray
Unceasingly,
I know I’ll fail.

And even as I ask you
To help me be thankful
In all circumstances,
I know I’ll fail.

Yet, despite all this,
I also know
That you will never fail me,
Nor forsake me –

For you are love.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Love

“…he is not far from any one of us” (Acts 17:27; NLT).

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


Lord,
Whether you seem far or near,
You love me,
And I love you.

Whether I am well or ill,
You love me,
And I love you.

Whether I am up or down,
You love me,
And I love you.

Thank you for being with me,
And loving me,
No matter how I am.

End

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it (John 1:5; NLT).

In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and turns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away! (Luke 15:7; NLT).

The LORD looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one. Will those who do evil never learn? They eat up my people like bread and wouldn’t think of praying to the LORD (Psalm 14:2-4; NLT).

The end of the world is coming soon (1 Peter 4:7; NLT).


Lord,
You are beyond stillness,
Silence,
And darkness –

Shining,
Sparkling,
Dancing with joy
When we repent
And turn to you;

Weeping over our selfishness,
Prejudice,
Hatred,
Cruelty,
And violence;

And watching us indulge
Our darkest impulses unchecked,
As we bring our fragile planet
Ever closer to its end.

Beyond

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

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine” (Isaiah 55:8; NLT).

My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28; NLT).

Beyond prayers for self
And others,

Beyond sickness
And healing,

Beyond praise
And worship,

Beyond stillness
And silence,

Beyond words, thoughts,
And understanding,

Beyond land, sea
And sky,

Beyond darkness
And light,

Beyond life
And death,

Beyond everything –

There, we find you,
Our Lord and our God.