When they came to the place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross [and] Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:33-4; NLT).
When someone hurts me,
Please help me to forgive,
To love, and bless, and pray for them,
However long they live.
When someone harms me,
Please help me to be glad,
Thanking you for what they did,
For you bring good from bad.
When someone wounds me,
Please help me to hold on,
For you bring hope from everything,
Although my hope is gone.
When someone grieves me,
Please help me to rejoice;
Then peace will be my watchword,
And your way of love, my choice.
To him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! (Ephesians 3:20-21; NIV).
1. If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you (Matthew 6:14; NLT).
Love your enemies! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).
Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you (Luke 6:27; NLT).
2. I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, prosecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10; NLT).
Should we accept only good from the hand of God, and never anything bad? (Job 2:10; NLT).
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God (Philippians 4:6; NIV).
Be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NLT).
In all things God works for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28; NIV).
3. Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise (Hebrews 10:23; NLT).
“I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11; NLT).
The terrible storm raged for many days, blotting out the sun and the stars, until at last all hope was gone (Acts 27:20; NLT).
4. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us to develop endurance (Romans 5:3; NLT).
Let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts (Colossians 3:15; NLT).
This short dialogue is the starting-point for today’s prayer:
Moses:Show me your glorious presence.
God: I will make all my goodness pass before you. But you may not look directly at my face, for no one may see me and live. Look, stand near me on this rock. As my glorious presence passes by, I will hide you in the crevice of the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by (Exodus 33:18-22; NLT).
1. With thick clouds, Lord, you shield me
From your glory,
While you dwell within my flesh,
To give me life.
2. With shadows, you protect me
From your brilliance,
While you dwell within my mind,
To give me light.
3. With darkness, you preserve me
From your power,
While you dwell within my heart,
To give me rest;
4. And though my anguish
Blinds me to your presence,
You dwell within my soul,
So I am blest.
1. Thick clouds swirl about him (Job 22:14; NIV).
God is my shield (Psalm 7:10; NLT).
There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).
He himself gives life and breath to everything (Acts 17:25; NLT).
2. He has hidden me in the shadow of his hand (Isaiah 49:2; NLT).
He […] protects those who suffer (Job:11; NLT).
His face was like the sun in all its brilliance (Revelation 1:16; NLT).
The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness (Psalm 18:28; NLT).
3. He shrouded himself in darkness (2 Samuel 22:12; NLT).
The Lord preserves the simple (Psalm 116:6; RSV).
All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his (Jude 1:25; NLT).
I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).
4. How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? (Psalm 13:2; NLT).
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? (Psalm 22:1; NLT).
My eyes are blinded by my tears (Psalm 88:9; NLT).
You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).
God blesses those who are poor in spirit, and realise their need for him (Matthew 5:3; NLT).
God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation (James 1:12; NLT).
I look to you for help, O Sovereign Lord
(Psalm 141:8; NLT).
1. Help me, Lord,
To worship you today,
To praise you
As I walk your Narrow Way,
2. To see you, Lord,
In everyone I greet,
And serve you willingly
In all I meet.
3. Help me, Lord,
To pray throughout today,
To follow you
Along your Little Way,
4. To bless you, Lord,
And thank you without cease –
For then I’ll live in love,
And joy, and peace.
1. Worship the Lord with gladness (Psalm 100:2; NLT).
Praise the Lord! (Psalm 150:1; NLT).
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it (Matthew 7:13-14; NIV).
2. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).
Be kind to everyone (2 Timothy 2:24; NLT).
Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).
Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all” (Mark 9:35; NIV).
3. Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).
Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24; NLT).
4. I will bless the Lord who guides me (Psalm 16:7; NLT).
Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NIV).
Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16).
You will live in joy and peace (Isaiah 55:12; NLT).
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self […];
to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self,
created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
(Ephesians 4:22-4; NIV).
1. Father God,
May constant prayer
Become our way of life.
May the search for peace and truth
Be our delight.
May our simple acts of care
Set hearts aflame.
May we spread your love,
So others bless your name.
1. Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).
You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence (Psalm 16:11; NLT).
2. Search for peace, and work to maintain it (Psalm 34:14; NLT).
Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone (Romans 12:18; NLT).
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6; NLT).
The meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace (Psalm 37:11; NKJV).
3. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love (Hebrews 10:24; NLT).
4. Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; NLT).
Love the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; NKJV).
Show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).
Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NIV).
May everyone on earth bless his holy name forever and ever (Psalm 145:21; NLT).