Prayer

Seek his face

My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” (Psalm 27:8; NIV).

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the LORD and rely on your God (Isaiah 50:10; NLT).

The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life”
(Psalm 32:8; NLT).

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face
(1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).

The LORD your God will be your everlasting light (Isaiah 60:19; NLT).


Lord,
In order to seek your face,
We must find our way
Through the darkness
That surrounds you.

Sometimes we go astray
In the shadows,
Losing sight of both the world,
And you.

Then we must trust you,
Waiting patiently
Through the dark night of the soul,
Until you show us the path again.

In death, we pass through
The darkness one last time.
Then we will see you face to face,
In everlasting light.

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Contemplation

They will soar high on wings like eagles (Isaiah 40:31; NLT).

“The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven”
(John 6:33; NLT).

He lifts the poor from the dust (Psalm 113:7: NLT).

The LORD lifts up those who are weighed down (Psalm 146:8; NLT).


Sometimes,
In contemplation, Lord,
My soul soars up
To meet you in the air.

At other times,
My soul can’t rise at all, Lord,
For I’m burdened
By anxiety and care.

Then you come down
To meet me in the dust, Lord,
Lifting me up with gentle hands,
To hear my prayer.

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Unity

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit
(1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

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


Lord,
Help me to be at one
With you each day
Until life’s end,
When I will reunite with you
In paradise for evermore.

Help me to be at one
With those I meet each day
Until life’s end,
When we will reunite with you
In paradise for evermore.

And help us to be at one
Throughout the world each day
Until life’s end,
When we will reunite with you
In paradise for evermore.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Love

The LORD took hold of me (Ezekiel 37:1; NLT).

“You are my God” (Psalm 31:14; NLT).

“He will neither fail you nor abandon you”
(Deuteronomy 31:6; NLT).

His faithful love endures forever (Psalm 136:2; NLT).


Lord,
You’ve taken hold of me,
And I of you.

Even if I let go of you,
You won’t let go of me,

For you will never fail me,
Nor abandon me.

Thank you for loving me
So faithfully.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Contemplation

Seek his face always (Psalm 105:4; NIV).

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face
(1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).


Father,
As I seek your face
In contemplation,
My mind drifts off repeatedly.

Every time I realise this has happened,
I gently bring it back,
Seeking your face in silence,
Once again.

I’ve done this
Countless times before,
And will continue, if I can,
Until life’s end.

Then I will see you
Face to face, at last,
With nothing to distract me
From your glory, Lord!

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Suffering

“He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you”
(Deuteronomy 31:8; NLT).

The LORD must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you” (John 14:27; NIV).


Lord,
There’s so much suffering
In our world –
So many who are sick,
Hungry, and thirsty;
So many who are poor,
Lonely, and homeless;

So many prisoners,
Refugees, and slaves;
So much prejudice,
Cruelty, and oppression;
So much hatred,
Violence, and killing.

Yet you are here, Lord,
Waiting in the midst
Of all our troubles,
Until we turn to you,
Asking for your forgiveness
And your help.

Then you open our minds
To your wisdom,
Our hearts
To your love,
And our souls
To your perfect peace.

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Gender

So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:27; NLT).

“Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters” (Matthew 23:8; NLT).

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NIV).


Lord,
You include all that is male
And all that is female,
Transcending gender
Completely.

Please help us
To accept each other
In the same way,
By always taking our lead
From you.

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