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At your pleasure

 

Lord,

We  live entirely at your pleasure,
Whether we believe in you, or not.

You make us, you watch over us, and love us,
As you wait for us to come to you, our God.

When you take our breath away we turn to dust, Lord,
And our souls return to you in heaven above.

So, help us all to seek you while we’re here, Lord, 
Our Maker, our Sustainer, and our Judge.

 

References

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

The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

When you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust (Psalm 104:29; NIV). 

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

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT). 

The Lord is the Sustainer of my life (Psalm 54:4; CSB). 

God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad (Ecclesiastes 12:14; NLT).

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Wilderness

 

When we are in a wilderness
Of sorrow,

Of sickness, anger, grief, despair,                       
Or fear,

Remind us you’ve experienced 
This too, Lord, 

And that you suffer with us,
Always near.

 

References

Some wandered in the wilderness, lost and homeless (Psalm 107; 4; NLT).

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted (Matthew 4:1; NLT).

How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day?(Psalm 13:2; NLT).

Sickness: Then Pilate had Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip (John 19:1; NLT).

Anger: Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor,  and turned over their tables (John 2:15; NLT).

Grief: Then Jesus wept. The people who were standing nearby said, “See how much he loved him!” (John 11:35-6; NLT).

Despair: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).

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

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

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

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff – they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NRSV).

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Will there be knives in heaven?

 

Will there be knives in heaven?
I’m sure, Lord, that there won’t,
For none there can ignore
The Father’s will; 

And you, Lord, taught us clearly,
Throughout your time on earth:
Don’t lie, deceive, or steal –
And do not kill. 

Will there be guns in heaven?  
I’m confident there won’t,
For none there can dismiss
The Father’s will; 

And you, Lord, taught us clearly,
Throughout your time on earth:
Don’t mock, condemn, or judge –
And do not kill.

Will there be bombs in heaven?
I’m certain that there won’t,
For none there can refuse
The Father’s will; 

And you, Lord, taught us clearly,
Throughout your time on earth:
Don’t hate, despise, or harm –
And do not kill.

So how, Lord, could we ever want 
To end another’s life, 
When such deeds mean rejecting 
All that’s good?

For you, Lord, taught us clearly, 
Throughout your time on earth,
That we must build your kingdom here, 
With love. 

 

References

He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more (Isaiah 2:4; KJV).

May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10; NLT).

Do not kill (Mark 10:19; KJV).

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged (Luke 6:37; NLT). 

The Kingdom of God is already among you (Luke 17:21; NLT).

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

Go and spread the good news of the kingdom of God (Luke 9:60; CSB).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

Love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you (Luke 6:27-8; NLT).

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In myself, I’m nothing

 

Hello everyone, just a quick update: I’m slowly recovering from my surgery at home, and have started to write again. This prayer is fresh from yesterday morning, with further work to complete it today XXXXX

 

In myself, I’m nothing, Lord,
For I am but a dream;

Yet I can love you, Father God, 
The One who rules supreme. 

In myself, I’m nothing, Lord, 
For I am less than dust;

Yet I can honour Mary, Lord,
Who gave you all her trust. 

In myself, I’m nothing, Lord,
And few will mourn my loss;

Yet I can serve your only Son,  
Who died upon the cross.

In myself, I’m nothing, Lord,
For I am very weak;

Yet I can host your Spirit, Lord, 
For blessed are the meek. 

 

References

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

You sweep people away like dreams that disappear (Psalm 90:5; NLT).

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

You, O Lord, are supreme over all the earth (Psalm 83:18; NLT). 

The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us’ (Matthew 1:23; NLT).

He took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed (Luke 1:48; NLT).

Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true” (Luke 1:38; NLT). 

He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him (1 Timothy 1:12; NLT).

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT).

He humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross (Philippians 2:8; NLT). 

He knows how weak we are (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

You have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you (1 John 2:27; NLT).

Blessed are the meek (Matthew 5:5; NIV).

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In silent prayer

 

In silent prayer,
I face my inner wasteland.

In silent prayer,
I face temptation, too.

In silent prayer,
I face my fears and failures.

In silent prayer,
I face my self, like you. 

 

References 

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

Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer (Luke 5:16; NLT).

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted (Matthew 4:1; NLT).

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I’m an outpost

 

I’m an outpost for the Father, 
Here, in exile, on the earth.

I’m a cattle-stall for Mary,
Crying out, as I give birth.

I’m a lodging-place for Jesus,
Slowly growing like God’s Son.  

I’m a temple for the Spirit,
Thanking him for all he’s done.

 

References

I will be a sanctuary to you during your time in exile (Ezekiel 11:16; NLT). 

She brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn (Luke 2:7; NKJV).

Now, like a woman in labour, I will cry and groan and pant (Isaiah 42:14; NLT).

Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head (Luke 9:58; NKJV).

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

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

The Holy Spirit […] lives in us (2 Timothy 1:14; NIV).

In everything give thanks (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NKJV). 

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Close your eyes

 

Close your eyes
In contemplation –

Let God’s light
Flow into you.

Then relax
In contemplation –

Let God’s peace
Flow into you.

Wait for God
In contemplation –

Let his fire
Flow into you.

Merge with God
In contemplation –

Let his love
Flow into you.

 

References 

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

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

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

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

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

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

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