Prayer

We are one

My beloved is mine and I am his (Song of Songs 2:16; NIV).

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

Your eyes saw my unformed body (Psalm 139:16; NIV).

Whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord (Romans 14:8; NIV).

The spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

 

Lord,
I am yours,
For I am part of you;

And you are mine,
For you are part of me.

You live in me,
And I in you,
Each day.

So we are one –
From long before my birth,
Throughout my life,
And then for evermore,
Beyond my death.

 

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Unseen God

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

Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening (1 Samuel 3:9; NIV).

Truly, O God of Israel, our Saviour, you work in mysterious ways (Isaiah 45:15; NLT).

The eternal God is your refuge (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

 

Unseen God,
We long to glimpse your face.

Silent God,
We long to hear your voice.

Mysterious God,
We long to know your ways.

Eternal God,
We long to share your peace.

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Peace and justice

All their activity is filled with sin, and violence is their trademark (Isaiah 59; 6; NLT).

Their feet run to evil, and they rush to shed innocent blood (Isaiah 59:7; NRSV).

The way of peace they do not know, and there is no justice in their paths (Isaiah 59:8; NRSV).

Follow the way of love (1 Corinthians 14:1; NIV).

 

Lord,
I pray for those
Who want to bomb their way
To peace and justice –

For all the people,
Groups,
And governments
Who imagine this approach
Can ever work.

Please heal their minds,
And hearts,
And souls,
So they can understand
That the only way
To establish peace and justice
In this world
Is to follow the way of love.

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Suffering

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:2; NLT).

He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless (Isaiah 40:29; NLT).

She had suffered a great deal for many years (Mark 5:26; NLT).

One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years (John 5:5; NLT).

 

Father,
Please comfort,
Strengthen,
And heal
Those who are new to suffering,
And those who have been ill
For many years.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

 

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Undeserved kindness

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

The fruit of the Spirit is… kindness (Galatians 5:22; ESV).

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do (Ephesians 5:1; NLT).

 

Lord,
You’re very kind to me,
Although I don’t deserve your love
In any way.

But that makes no difference
To you –
For you are love,
Living within us all.

Please help me to be
As kind as you
To everyone –
In thought, and word, and deed.

I ask this
For your dear Son’s sake.
Amen.

 

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Heart and soul

If you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him (Deuteronomy 4:29; NLT).

If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in (Rev 3:20; NLT).

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

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

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

 

Lord,
As I search for you
In contemplation,
You’re already here;

As I open the door
To let you in,
You’re already here;

And as I welcome you
Into your temple,
You’re already here –

For your kingdom
Is within my heart
And soul.

 

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Union

He is right beside me (Psalm 16:8; NLT).

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

Stretch out your hands to him (Job 11:13; NLT).

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

 

Lord,
You walk beside us all,
Stretching out your hand
To offer union with you.

But we’re too busy with our lives
To notice you;
So we never see you waiting patiently,
Nor do we seek your company.

Instead, we complain
That you seem far away,
Insist you’re dead,
Or claim you don’t exist.

But if we reach out
To join our hands with yours,
You will guide us towards union
With you.

 

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