Communion

 

Father,
May this sacred Host
Stay on my tongue today,
Then I will grow more like your Son
In everything I say.

Father,
May this precious Host
Become part of my mind,
Then I will grow more like your Son,
For my thoughts will be kind.

Father,
May this blessed Host
Be drawn into my heart,
Then I will grow more like your Son,
And choose the better part.

Father,
May this perfect Host
Remain within my soul,
Then all I think, and say, and do
Will help make others whole.

 

References

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

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

We will be like him (1 John 3:2; NLT).

Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her (Luke 10:41-2; NRSV).

Remain in me, and I will remain in you (John 15:4; NLT).

We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord (Romans 15:2; NLT).

Six words

 

Six words are sufficient
When we pray to God each day:
Lord, I praise your holy name –
That’s all we need to say.

Five words are sufficient
When we pray to God each day:
I rejoice in you, Lord –
And that’s all we need to say.

Four words are sufficient
When we pray to God each day:
I forgive my enemies –
That’s all we need to say.

Three words are sufficient
When we pray to God each day:
Forgive my sins; forgive my sins –
That’s all we need to say.

Two words are sufficient
When we pray to God each day:
Thank you; thank you; thank you –
And that’s all we need to say.

One word is sufficient
When we pray to God each day:
Father; Father; Father –
And that’s all we need to say.

No words are sufficient
When we pray to God each day,
So let us kneel in silence –
He knows all we need to say.

 

References

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

Praise his holy name (Psalm 30:4; NLT).

His name is the Lord – rejoice in his presence! (Psalm 68:4; NLT).

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).

Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

All glory to God our Father forever and ever! (Philippians 4:20; NLT).

The Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words (Romans 8:26; NLT).

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

Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:1-4; NIV).

The Son of God

 

The Son of God came down to earth
In flesh and bones and blood,
And now his Spirit lives in us
To show us all his love.

He struggled to survive this world
Of hunger, thirst, and cold,
And now his Spirit lives in us
To make us strong and bold.

He came to set the world on fire
With faith, and hope, and care,
And now his Spirit lives in us
To comfort, and to share.

He drained the dregs from sorrow’s cup
Of anguish, pain, and tears,
And now his Spirit lives in us
To help us face our fears.

Our Saviour suffered life and death,
Humble, poor, roughshod;
And now his Spirit lives in us
To guide us back to God.

 

References

When the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law (Galatians 4:4; NLT).

The Spirit of God lives in you (1 Corinthians 3:16; NLT).

Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head (Luke 9:58; NLT).

He will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit (Ephesians 3:16; NLT).

I have come to set the world on fire (Luke 12:49; NLT).

He will give you another Advocate [Comforter, Encourager, Counsellor], who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth (John 14:16-17; NLT).

Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me? (John 18:11; NLT).

He was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9; NLT).

We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” (2 Corinthians 5:20; NLT).

 

Dying

 

Lord,
My flesh is dying:
Please make my spirit new.
Then I will constantly rejoice,
Although my days are few.

Lord,
My mind is dying:
Please make my spirit strong.
Then I will pray unceasingly,
And worship all night long.

Lord,
My heart is dying:
Please make my spirit clean.
Then I will thank you constantly,
Although you are unseen.

Lord,
My life is ending:
Please make my spirit whole.
Then I will see your face at last,
As you receive my soul.

 

References

Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day (2 Corinthians 4:16; NLT).

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up (Luke 18:1; NLT).

Create in me a clean heart (Psalm 51:10; NLT).

No one has ever seen God (John 1:18; NLT).

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

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

God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me (Psalm 49:15; NLT).

 

King of kings

 

Lord,
In contemplation,
May I forget my cares,
So I can lose myself in you,
For you know all my prayers.

Lord,
In contemplation,
May I forget to plead,
So I can lose myself in you,
For you know what I need.

Lord,
In contemplation,
May I forget each friend,
So I can lose myself in you
As words come to an end.

Lord,
In contemplation,
May I forget each foe,
So I can lose myself in you,
And leave behind all woe.

Lord,
In contemplation,
May I forget to pray,
So I can lose myself in you
And leave life far away.

Lord,
In contemplation,
May I forget all things,
Until, at last, there’s only you,
Lord God, the King of kings.

 

References

God has made me forget all my troubles (Genesis 41:51; NLT).

You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord (Psalm 139:4; NIV).

Your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him (Matthew 6:8; NLT).

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

He is Lord of all lords, and King of all kings (Revelation 17:14; NLT).

 

Rejoice, give thanks and pray

 

The Lord our God is over all,
For he makes all there is.
He dwells in all; he lives through all;
And everything is his.

All things are one with you, Lord God,
You give us life each day,
So may we constantly rejoice,
Give thanks to you, and pray.

The Lord our God is water, air,
Mountains, skies and seas;
The plants that grow to feed his flocks,
All creatures, crops, and trees.

All things are one with you, Lord God,
You give us life each day,
So may we constantly rejoice,
Give thanks to you, and pray.

The Lord our God is earth and fire,
Flesh, and bones, and blood;
He dwells in us, and shares our pain
With deep, unfailing love.

All things are one with you, Lord God,
You give us life each day,
So may we constantly rejoice,
Give thanks to you, and pray.

In every thought, in every word,
In everything we do,
May we grow more like Christ, his Son,
Who lives within us, too.

All things are one with you, Lord God,
You give us life each day,
So may we constantly rejoice,
Give thanks to you and pray.

 

References

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

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

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

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

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

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

Your temple

When Jesus said, “this temple,” he meant his own body
(John 2:21; NLT).

We are the temple of the living God
(2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

 

Lord,
You seem a long way off,
But you’re not far at all,
For our bodies are your courtyard,
So you hear us when we call.

Lord,
You seem reserved, remote,
But you’re not far away,
For our minds are your house of prayer,
Where we can talk each day.

Lord,
You seem withdrawn, removed,
But you’re not very far,
For our hearts are your temple,
And the door remains ajar.

Lord,
You seem concealed, cut off,
But we are not alone,
For our souls are your sanctuary,
And you, the cornerstone.

 

References

O Lord, why do you stand so far away? (Psalm 10:1; NLT).

He is not far from any one of us (Acts 17:27; NLT).

Don’t you realise that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you? (1 Corinthians 3:19; NLT). 

Praise him, you who serve the Lord, you who serve in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God (Psalm 135:1; NLT).

He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears (Psalm 18:6; NLT).

My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations (Isaiah 56:7; NLT).

God talks with man (Deuteronomy 5:24; DBY).

You are the temple of the living God (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

I saw a door standing open in heaven (Revelation 4:1; NLT).

Take this seriously. The Lord has chosen you to build a Temple as his sanctuary (1 Chronicles 28:10; NLT).

You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple (1 Peter 2:4; NLT).

Life brings suffering (2)

 

Today’s prayer links back to yesterday’s. Whilst the previous one was about sharing the sufferings of Christ, today’s focuses on sharing the sufferings of others.

 

Father,

Life brings suffering
And pain.

May we bear it, learn from it,
And gain

In empathy and love,
So we can share

The suffering of all,
And show we care.

 

References

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

When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).

Mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15; NRSV).

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

Life brings suffering (1)

Today and tomorrow I will again post two linked prayers. The first is about sharing Christ’s suffering. The second will be about sharing the sufferings of others.

 

Father,

Life brings suffering
And pain.

Christ himself knew anguish,
And was slain.

May I share his trials,
Learn, and grow,

Just as he did, Lord,
So long ago.

 

References

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

Being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground (Luke 22:44; NIV).

If we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering (Romans 8:17; NLT).

When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).

Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favour with God and all the people (Luke 2:52; NLT).

God our Father

 

God our Father,
Holy One,
You love us all
And sent your Son.

Mary, Mother,
Holy Maid,
You heard God’s message
And obeyed.

Jesus, Saviour,
Holy Child,
Through you all things
Are reconciled.

Spirit, Helper,
Holy Dove,
You unify us
In God’s love.

 

References

This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins (1 John 4:40; NLT).

Mary said, Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word (Luke 1:38; RSV).

God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself (Colossians 1:19-20; NLT).

We have all been baptised into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13; NLT).