I return to you

 

Father,
I return to you;
I love you.

Lord,
You run to welcome me;
You love me.

Lord,
You take me in your arms;
You love me. 

Lord,
You kiss and hold me tight;
You love me.

 

Father,
You forgive my sins;
You love me.

Lord,
You heal me through and through;  
You love me.

Lord,
You crown me with your grace;
You love me.

Lord,
I am in paradise: 
You love me.

 

References

“Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty (Malachi 3:7; NIV).

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NLT).

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

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and  crowns me with love and tender mercies (Psalm 103:3-4; NLT).

He gives us grace and glory (Psalm 84:11; NLT).

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43; NLT).

When we suffer

 

Father,

When we suffer 
You suffer with us, too.

May we recognise 
Your presence,

Feel your love, 
And turn to you.

 

References

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it! (Genesis 28:16; NLT).

Though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

Let us turn back to the Lord (Lamentations 3:40; NLT).

I know nothing

 

I know nothing of you, Lord,
Except that you are light;

Please shine upon me every day, 
So I can see your might.

I know nothing of you, Lord,
Except that you are fire;

Consume my sins incessantly,
But shield me from your ire.

I know nothing of you, Lord,
Except that you are peace;

Comfort me in all my woes,
Until my life must cease. 

I know nothing of you, Lord,
Except that you are grace;

Forgive and save me, Father God,
So I may see your face.

 

References 

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

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power (Ephesians 1:19; NLT).

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

The Lord your God is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you (Deuteronomy 6:15; NIV).

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

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT).

God saved you by his grace when you believed (Ephesians 2:8; NLT).

Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).

Constant prayer

 

Lord,

May this be
My constant, eager prayer,

With every breath,
And every step I take,

With every heartbeat,
For your dear Son’s sake:

Father, 
I return to you.
I love you.

 

References

Pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

This is my dearly loved Son (Matthew 3:17; NLT).

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

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

Help me to be honest

 

Lord, 

Help me to be honest 
With myself about my thoughts, 
And with our Heavenly Father,
Just as you always taught.

Help me to be honest
In everything I say
To everyone I contact,
As I follow you each day.

Help me to be honest
In everything I do,
No matter who I’m with, Lord,  
So I may grow like you.

 

References

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me […] You perceive my thoughts from afar […] You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:1-4; NIV).

If you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities (Luke 16:10; NLT).

We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

Your children

 

May we, your children,
Shine with radiant light.   

May we, your children,
Praise you day and night.

May we, your children,
Bear our cross each day.

May we, your children,
Tread your narrow way.

May we, your children,
Thank you that we live.

May we, your children,
Work hard to forgive.

May we, your children,
Serve you, Lord, with grace. 

May we, your children,
One day see your face.

 

References

The righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom (Matthew 13:43; NLT).

She never left the temple but stayed there day and night, worshipping God with fasting and prayer (Luke 2:37; NLT).

Take up your cross and follow me (Matthew 16:24; NLT).

Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it (Matthew 7:14; NIV).

Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NIV).

If you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you (Matthew 6:14; NIV). 

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace (1 Peter 4:10; NIV).

Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).

I’m a broken reed

 

Lord, 

I’m a broken reed,
A smoking flame,

But you won’t crush me,
Snuff me out, or maim.

Please show me the place 
Where sparrows build their nests,

Close to your altar, Lord,
Where I may rest.
 

References

God […] knows the secrets of every heart (Psalm 44:21; NLT).

O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me (Psalm 139:1; NLT).

He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle (Isaiah 42:3; NLT).

A bruised reed he will not break, and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out (Isaiah 42:3; NIV). 

Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young at a place near your altar (Psalm 84:3; NLT).

Then Jesus said, “Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

Pray honestly

 

Pray honestly,
Unceasingly –

Say all 
You want to say.

Then listen 
In the silence,

As God speaks to you
Today.

 

References

Lord, you are searching for honesty (Jeremiah 5:3; NLT).

You desire honesty from the womb (Psalm 51:6; NLT).

Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

Pray about everything. Tell God what you need (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

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

Listen to his voice (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

There is no healing

 

Lord, 
There is no healing
In dogmas, rules and creeds –

For only a relationship with you  
Can meet my needs. 

Lord,
There’s no forgiveness
In formal prayers of shame –  

For only a relationship with you  
Will clear my blame.

Lord,
There’s no salvation,
In attending church each week –

For only a relationship with you
Gives what I seek. 

Lord,
There is no kingdom 
To be found beyond my soul –

For only a relationship with you
Can make me whole. 

 

References

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

Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit (Romans 7:6; NLT).

They will receive the Lord’s blessing and have a right relationship with God their saviour (Psalm 24:5; NLT).

Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness (Matthew 23:28; NLT).

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

Give me a church

 

Lord, 

Give me a church 
I can, at last, belong to –

A place where people 
Want to grow like you;

Where people love, fall out, 
Make up, say sorry;

Where everyone who fails 
Can start anew. 

None of this ever happened 
With my mother –

She never said sorry
For how she treated me.

So, give me a church 
Where I can find a home, Lord,

Where all can share your love,
Which sets us free.

 

References

We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back (Matthew 18:15; NRSV).

Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young at a place near your altar (Psalm 84:3; NLT).

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6; NIV). 

The oppressed will be set free (Luke 4:18; NLT).