Anxiety

God is light (1 John 1:5; NLT).

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you (1 Peter 5:7; NLT).

The Lord your God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

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

I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid (John 14:27; NLT).

 

Lord,
Please shine your light
On my anxiety,
And consume it
With your fire,
Till nothing remains
But your love,
And your peace.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Patience

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).

Lord,
Because of ill-heath
And getting old,
I can no longer do
So many of the things
I used to love.

Please help me
To be patient
And accepting,
Making the best I can
Of life each day,
Within my limitations.

God’s image

So God created human beings in his own image (Genesis 1:27; NLT).

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NIV).

The LORD looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one (Psalm 14:2-4; NIV).

You are the God who sees me (Genesis 16:13; NIV).


Heavenly Father,
You made us
In your image,
To be perfect –
Just like you.

Yet with every passing day
We choose to be
More selfish,
Coarse,
And brutish;

More ignorant,
Exploitative,
And greedy;

More sinful,
Violent,
And corrupt.

How must you feel, Lord,
As you watch us
Growing ever less like you?

Tough love

When the crowds came to John for baptism, he said, “You brood of snakes! Who warned you to flee God’s coming wrath?” (Luke 3:7; NLT).

“Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him (Matthew 9:9; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; NLT).

But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you (Luke 6:27-8; NLT).


God’s love is tough –
He tells us straight,
And warns us
Of his wrath to come.

We need to listen
To his voice,
And try to follow
His dear Son;

To say we’re sorry,
And to change,
Love friends and neighbours
As our own;

Love those who hate us,
Those who harm –
Then he will save,
And lead us home.

Wisdom

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

The wisdom of this world is foolishness to God (1 Corinthians 3:19; NLT).

We can’t even imagine the greatness of his power (Job 37:5; NLT).

How great is God – beyond our understanding! (Job 36:26; NIV).

Lord,
Please bless us all
With wisdom
And insight,
As we seek you
In our foolish
And shortsighted ways.

We ask this
Through Jesus’ precious name.

Amen.

Sharing

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows (Isaiah 53:4; ESV).

 

Lord,
Whatever hardships
I experience –

Pain, distress,
Anxiety, or fear –

I don’t ask you
To take them all away.

Instead, help me to face them
Unreservedly,

Sharing each experience
With you.

Self-control

Think clearly and exercise self-control (1 Peter 1:13; NLT).

No one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison (James 3:8; NLT).

If we could control our tongues, we would be perfect (James 3:2; NLT).

A gossip goes around telling secrets (Proverbs 11:13; NLT).

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged (Matthew 7:1-2; NLT).

Like a city that is broken down and without wall, so is a person who cannot control his temper (Proverbs 25:28; NET).

 

Lord,
Please help me
To be aware
Of every thought,
So I can control my tongue –

Rather than gossiping,
Criticising others,
Or losing my temper.

 

 

Silence

For God alone my soul waits in silence (Psalm 62:1; ESV).

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

He has given us the holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love (Romans 5:5; NLT).

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

Lord,
As I wait on you in silence
Day by day,
Please forgive my sins,
And heal all my diseases.
Fill me with your love,
And unite my soul with yours
For evermore.

I ask all this
Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.