Prayer

Hide and seek

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

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

Let my words fall like rain on tender grass (Deuteronomy 32:2; NLT).

God shines in glorious radiance (Psalm 50:2; NLT).

All your waves and breakers have swept over me (Psalm 42:7; NIV).

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

Now you comfort me (Isaiah 12:1; NLT).

Before you gave birth to the earth […] you are God (Psalm 90:2; NLT).

 

Lord,
Looking for you
Is like playing
Hide and seek
In darkness,

Or leaping
Into a raging fire,
Or dancing
In gentle rain.

It’s like being dazzled
By the sun,
Or overwhelmed
By waves of love,

Or soothed
By the peace
And comfort
Of your womb.

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May I praise you

Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! (Psalm 63:3; NLT).

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

 

Lord,
As swallows praise you
When they fly,

And as fir-trees praise you
When they sigh,

And as babies praise you
When they cry,

So, Lord, may I praise you,
When I die.

 

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You show yourself

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known (Psalm 19:1-2; NLT).

God speaks again and again, though people do not recognise it (Job 33:14; NLT).

Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times (Matthew 26:75; RSV).

In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1; NLT).

 

Lord,
You show yourself
In every flower,
And you speak to us
In every tree.

Lord, you show yourself
In every creature,
And you speak to us
In sky and sea.

Yet, no matter
What you show to us,
Or how you speak to us
In this, your world,

Even as the cock crows,
We deny you,
Rejecting your creation,
And your Word.

 

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Fire

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

Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled (2 Samuel 22:13; KJV).

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength (Mark 12:30; NLT).

 

Lord,
Please ignite a spark
Within my heart,
To light a fire,
And set my soul ablaze
With love for you.

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Faith, hope, and love

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

Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need (Psalm 23:1; NLT).

 

Lord,
I don’t mind how dark it is
In contemplation,

How far away you seem,
Or how mysterious you are;

For you have given me
Faith, hope, and love –

So there is nothing else
I want or need.

 

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Love one another

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another (1 John 4:11; NIV).

Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss (1 Thessalonians 5:26; NIV).

 

Lord,
Although you’re with me,
I can’t hug you;

But I can hug your people,
Here, instead.

And,
Although you’re with me,
I can’t kiss you;

But I can kiss your people,
Here, instead.

 

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In silent prayer

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

We shall see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NIV).

After the fire [there was] a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; KJV).

Come into his presence (1 Chronicles 16:29; NLT).

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

 

In silent prayer,
We see your hidden face, Lord.

In silent prayer
We hear your still, small voice.

In silent prayer
We feel your unseen presence.

In silent prayer
We know your endless love.

 

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