Candle

He blows on them and they wither (Isaiah 40:24; NLT).

He will not extinguish a smouldering wick (Matthew 12:20; NET).

The Lord will not cast off his people (Psalm 94:14; NKJV).

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

 

Lord
You don’t blow me out,
Like a trembling candle-flame.

You don’t extinguish me,
Like a smoking wick.

You don’t snuff me out,
Despite my many failures.

You don’t cast me off,
Despite my many sins.

 

 

Sacred flame

Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame (Song of Songs 8:6; NLT).

Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us? (Luke 24:32; NLT).

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

 

Lord,
The sacred flame
Of your love
Burns in our hearts,
As we wait in silence,
Longing to become
Much more like you.

 

Open our eyes

He will open the eyes of the blind (Isaiah 35:5; NLT).

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

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

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

 

Lord,
Open our eyes,
To see you
All around us.

Open our eyes
To see you
In those we meet.

Open our eyes
To see you
In the darkness.

Open our eyes
To your love,
And truth,
And peace.

Pray continually

Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

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

I will pray in the Spirit and I will also pray in words I understand (1 Corinthians 14:15; NLT).

 

Lord,
You ask us to pray
Continually –

So when we can’t pray
In silence,
Please help us
To pray with words;

And when we can’t pray
With words,
Please help us
To pray in silence.

In prayer

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

When you pray, don’t babble on and on (Matthew 6:7; NLT).

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

 

Father,
In prayer –

With fewer words,
We have more room
For silence;

With fewer words,
We have more room
For honesty;

With fewer words,
We have more room
For listening;

With fewer words,
We have more room
For worship;

With fewer words,
We have more room
For love;

And with fewer words,
We have more room
For you.

 

Hidden

He is clothed in dazzling splendour (Job 37:22; NLT).

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

He will be called: Wonderful Counsellor (Isaiah 9:6; NLT).

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

 

Whether hidden
From our eyes
By dazzling light,

Or concealed from us
By clouds
And deepest darkness,

Lord,
You are wonderful
Indeed –

Beyond all words,
Beyond our
Understanding.