Finding God

“…seek and you will find” (Matthew 7:7; NIV).

Be silent before the Lord, all humanity (Zechariah 2:13; NIV).

…the kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; KJV).


Lord,
In order to find you,
We don’t need theologians,
Or text-books,
Or rituals,
Or special words,
Or music,
Or buildings
.

We only need
To seek you –
In silent contemplation,
In the world around us,
In everyone we meet,
And deep within ourselves.

Sharing

There I will go to the altar of God, to God – the source of all my joy (Psalm 43:4; NLT).

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

And he will be the source of peace (Micah 5:5; NLT).

“Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:23; NIV).

Lord,
Please help me
To open my mind to you,
So I may share your joy.

Please help me
To open my heart to you,
So I may share your love.

And please help me
To open my soul to you,
So I may share your peace.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Healing

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

He restores my soul (Psalm 23:3; NKJV).

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10; NLT).

…he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy (Psalm 68:6; NLT).

Lord,
How amazing
You are!

Slowly, slowly,
You heal me
In body and mind,
In heart, and soul.

And slowly, slowly,
You give me life
To the full,
And set me free.

Lord,
How amazing
You are!

Living to the full

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

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

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10; NLT).

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


Lord,
Help us to face life joyfully,
Not just when all is going well,
But also when trouble strikes.

May we experience everything
To the full,
Praying continually,
And thanking you
In all circumstances –
Whatever life brings.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Security

May there be no enemy breaking through our walls, no going into captivity, no cries of alarm in our town squares (Psalm 144:14; NLT).


Lord,
Thank you so much
For the precious, hard-won boundaries
You’ve helped me to develop
As an adult.

May no enemy
Ever break through my walls.

May I never go back
Into captivity.

May no alarm bell
Shatter my peace of mind.

But, Lord, if my security
Should come under threat,
Please help me to defend it boldly,
And immediately.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Anger

“…and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us” (Matthew 6:12; NLT).

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone (Romans 12:18; NIV).


Father,
Help me when I am quick
To take offence;

When I am overwhelmed
By rage;

When I blame others,
Though I am the one at fault;

And when I lose control of my tongue,
Damaging others with my cruel words.

Help me to apologise
When I am wrong,

And to forgive,
When others make mistakes;

So that,
As far as it depends on me,
I can live at peace with you,
With other people,
And even with myself.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Contemplation

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you
(Isaiah 26:3; NLT).


Lord,
In contemplation,
I watch my memories, worries,
Thoughts, and feelings
Drifting by –
Until they’re out of sight.

I needn’t add to them,
Or go with them,
Or try to block them from awareness,
Or hurry them away.

I just observe them, one by one,
As they drift by,
Until they’re out of sight,
Leaving me in perfect peace,
With you.

Waves

Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me (Psalm 42:7; NIV).

Save me, O God, for the floodwaters are up to my neck. Deep and deeper I sink into the mire; I can’t find a foothold. I am in deep water, and the floods overwhelm me (Psalm 69:1-2; NLT).

“My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” (Matthew 26:38; NIV).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

I am overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God! (Isaiah 61:10; NLT).


Lord,
Just as grief
Overwhelms us
In waves,
So does your love,
In contemplation.

Alarm

“At this my heart pounds and leaps from its place” (Job 37:1; NIV).

Anxiety weighs down the heart (Proverbs 12:25; NIV).

The churning inside me never stops; days of suffering confront me (Job 30:27; NIV).

You will live in constant suspense, filled with dread both night and day (Deuteronomy 28:66; NIV).

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10; NLT).

Lord,
My alarm system
Is hypersensitive.

It goes off
At the slightest sign of threat,
Generating months of anxiety and dread
That wear me down.

But I’m an adult now –
I don’t need to be
So hyper-vigilant
Any more.

I can speak out
To defend myself,
Or simply stay away
From toxic people.

Lord,
Please heal me,
So I can have life to the full at last,
With you.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.