Prayer

Silent longings

Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely (Psalm 139:4; NIV).

You know what I long for, Lord (Psalm 38:9; NLT).

 

Lord,
Even when my mind
Is crowded with noisy thoughts,
You hear the silent longings
Of my heart.

 

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Prayer

Trouble

How frail is humanity! How short life is, how full of trouble! (Job 14:1; NLT).

Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (Romans 8:35 NLT).

Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:38; NLT).

Lord,
When trouble strikes,
Does it mean
You no longer love us?

Of course not!

For though we are fragile,
And our lives are full of sorrow,
Nothing can divide us
From your love.

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Governments

Their rulers dearly love shame (Hosea 4:18; ESV).

Be warned, O rulers of the earth (Psalm 2:10; ESV).

He shall trample on rulers as on mortar, as the potter treads on clay (Isaiah 41:25; ESV).

 

Lord,
I pray for an end
To corruption
And cruelty
In governments
Throughout the world,

And for a great outpouring
Of care
And compassion
Towards those
Who have to live
Under their rule.

 

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Temple

We are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; ESV).

The Lord has said that he would dwell in thick darkness (1 Kings 8:12; ESV).

[He] dwells in unapproachable light (1 Timothy 6:16; ESV).

Darkness is as light with you (Psalm 139:12; ESV).

Seek his presence continually (Psalm 105:5; ESV)

 

Lord,
Some days,
When I seek you
In the temple of my soul,
I find it full of darkness,
While other days
I find it full of light.

But, either way,
It doesn’t really matter,
For darkness is as light
With you, my God,
And all that matters
Is that you are there.

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Like Christ

First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye (Matthew 7:5; NLT).

Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ (Ephesians 5:2; NLT).

Lord,
Rather than wanting others
To be as we’d prefer,
Help us to confront
Our own judgemental minds,
Our selfish, unkind hearts,
And loveless souls.

Help us to look squarely
At ourselves,
So we can learn,
And change,
And grow,

Until we’re living a life
That’s filled with love –
Like Christ.

 

 

 

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