Unveil

We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory,
are being transformed into his image
(2 Colossians 3:18; NIV).

1. Unveil your eyes
And all your sins,
Then wait on me in silence.

2. Unveil your mind
And all your thoughts,
Then wait upon my grace.

3. Unveil your heart
And all your words,
Then wait for my forgiveness.

4. Unveil your soul
And all your deeds,
Then you will see my face.

References

1. Wait on the Lord (Psalm 27:14; NKJV).

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

2. We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5; NIV).

My grace is all you need (2 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

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

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

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

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We can’t claim any credit

When you obey me you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have only done our duty’ (Luke 17:10; NLT).

We can’t claim any credit, Lord,
For following your Son,
Because you give us faith
From heaven above.

We can’t claim any credit, Lord,
For holding him so dear,
Because you give our hearts
The gift of love.

We can’t claim any credit, Lord,
For spreading his Good News,
Because you fill our souls
With joy and peace.

We can’t claim any credit, Lord,
For serving you each day,
Because you make us all
Your holy priests.

References

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all (1 Corinthians 12:4; NLT).

The […] Spirit gives great faith (1 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

May God give you more and more mercy, peace and love (Jude 1:2; NLT).

You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God (1 Peter 2:9; NLT).

Great is the Lord, who delights in blessing his servant with peace! (Psalm 35:27; NLT).

You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him (Luke 4:8; NLT).

You are his [God’s] holy priests (1 Peter 2:5; NLT).

When I’m with a neighbour (3)

 

Working on the linked prayers blogged on 6.5.19. and 7.5.19. showed me that seeing God in others, and others seeing God in us, is one and the same, for we are all one in God, and God is one in us.

 

When I’m with a neighbour
May I recognise
Your presence in us both,
For we are one, Lord, in your eyes.

When I greet a stranger
May I seek and find
Your presence in us both,
For we are one, Lord, in your mind.

When I meet a foreigner
May I understand
Your presence in us both,
For we are one, Lord, in your hand.

When somebody hurts me
May I grasp anew
Your presence in us both,
For we are one, Lord God, in you.

 

References

You are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NLT).

I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one – as you are in me, Father, and I am in you (John 17:21; NLT).

There is one Lord […] who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

Nothing without you

 

Father,

We are nothing without you.
You make us, and you give us life and breath.

You send us joy and sorrow, guilt and shame;
Sickness, health, forgiveness, loss, grief, death.

And, beyond all price, you send your Son
To die for us; you give your Spirit, too,

So we can unite at last, as one,
For truly, we are nothing without you.

 

References

I am nothing but dust and ashes (Genesis 18:27; NIV).

He himself gives life and breath to everything (Acts 17:25; NLT).

In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind (Job 12:10; NIV).

Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? (Job 2:10; NIV).

The Lord gives both death and life (1 Samuel 2:6; NLT).

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

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10; NIV).


You will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; NLT).

I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one – as you are in me, Father, and I am in you (John 17:21; NLT).

Forgive our sins

 

Father,
Please forgive our sins,
For we are all imperfect.

Father,
Seek and find us all,
For we all go astray.

Father,
Heal and strengthen us,
For we are all so fragile.

Father,
Please restore our souls,
And help us through each day.

 

References

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

We have all sinned against you (Jeremiah 14:20; NLT).

If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? (Luke 15:4; NLT).

They have stubbornly followed their own desires (Jeremiah 9:14; NLT).

We are sick and helpless (Isaiah 33:24; NLT).

How frail is humanity! How short life is! How full of trouble! (Job 14:1; NLT).

He restores my soul (Psalm 23:3; NKJV).

He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

Every worry falls away

 

Every worry falls away
Before the cross of Christ,
For as we gaze upon his wounds
We grasp his sacrifice.

Guilt and enmity dissolve
In his life-giving blood,
For as we listen to his words
We recognise his love.

Sickness, sin, and sorrow fade
Upon his final breath,
For as we contemplate his pain
We understand his death.

Then doubt and fear are banished
By the shining of his face,
For when we see the risen Lord
We know, and share, his grace.

 

References

This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many (Matthew 26:28; NLT).

When they came to the place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross […] Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:33-4; NLT).

Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last (Luke 23:46; NLT).

All of you share in God’s grace (Philippians 1:7; NIV).

Your kingdom

 

When love reigns, Lord, instead of hate,
And trust, instead of fear;
When peace prevails instead of war,
Your kingdom will be near.

When kindness dwells in every heart,
And we care every day
For people, creatures, and this world,
Your rule, Lord, will hold sway.

When your light shines from every soul
And brings an end to sin;
When hope dries every bitter tear,
Your realm will be within.

Lord, when we share more equally,
And all of us are one
With you, and with the earth, our home,
Your kingdom will have come.

 

References

They will hammer their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war any more (Isaiah 2:4; NLT)

Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near (Matthew 3:2; NLT).

Show mercy and kindness to one another (Zechariah 7:9; NLT).

He will rule with fairness and justice (Isaiah 9:7; NLT).

Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness (Isaiah 58:10; NLT).

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

Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help (Isaiah 58:7; NLT).

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one (John 17:22; NLT).

There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10; NIV).