Life, death, and heaven


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1. Life means stretching thin our eternal oneness with God, in order to be born into a unique and fragile body, here, on earth.

2. Life means longing for our original union with him, and searching everywhere, until we find him at last, waiting within our soul.

3. Life means learning to love everyone, without exception, because God dwells in us all, and loves us all very deeply.

4. Death means leaving our failing, mortal body, to reunite with him for evermore –

5. And this is Heaven.

 


References

1. I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).

2. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him? Psalm 42:2; NLT).

All night long I search for you; in the morning I earnestly seek for God (Isaiah 26:9; NLT).

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

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

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

Love your neighbour as yourself (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Love the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; NKJV).

Show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

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

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

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

4. He knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust. Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. The wind blows, and we are gone – as though we had never been here. But the love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear him (Psalm 103:14-17; NLT).

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

I will live in the house of the Lord forever (Psalm 23:6; NLT).

Today you will be with me in paradise (Luke 23:43; NLT).

Give back

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Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s,
and to God what is God’s
(Luke 20:25; NIV).

1. I give my body back to you:
Lord, we are one in flesh and blood.

2. I give my thinking back to you:
Lord, may we share one humble mind.

3. I give my feelings back to you:
Lord, may we live as one, in love.

4. I give my spirit back to you:
Lord, may our joy be unconfined.

 


References

1. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us (John 1:14; NIV).

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

Have […] a humble mind (1 Peter 3:8; RSV).

We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; NLT).

3. Live in a way that pleases him, and love and serve him with all your heart and soul (Deuteronomy 10:12; NLT).

Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

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

Into your hands I commit my spirit (Psalm 31:5; NIV).

You have been united with Christ (Ephesians 2:13; NLT).

You will live in joy and peace (Isaiah 55:12; NLT).

One day

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The one sitting on the throne said,
“Look, I am making everything new!”
(Revelation 21:5; NLT).

1. One day,
You will give me a new body.
Then, at last,
I’ll walk, and dance, and run.

2. One day,
You will give me a new mind, Lord.
Then, at last,
I’ll grasp all you have done.

3. One day,
You will give me a new spirit.
Then, at last,
I’ll never fear again.

4. One day,
You will give me a new heart, Lord.
Then, at last,
I’ll weep with joy: Amen!

Let God transform you into a new person
(Romans 12:2; NLT).

 


References

1. Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies (1 Corinthians 15:43-4; NLT).

Our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies (1 Corinthians 15:53; NLT).

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint (Isaiah 40:31; NIV).

2. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5; NKJV).

We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; NLT).

I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have the power together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:18-19; NIV).

3. I will […] put a new spirit in you (Ezekiel 36:26; NIV).

At last your troubles will be over, and you will never again fear disaster (Zephaniah 3:15; NLT).

They will eat and sleep in safety, and no one will make them afraid (Zephaniah 3:13; NLT).

4. I will give you a new heart (Ezekiel 36:26; NIV).

Tears of joy will stream down their faces (Jeremiah 31:9; NLT).

Your will be done

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1. I offer my body and mind to you,
I open my heart and soul.

2. Forgive my sins, and heal me, Lord;
I beg you: make me whole.

3. But if it’s your desire
That I should suffer with your Son,

4. Please help me to accept my lot with joy:
Your will be done.


References

1. You and I both belong to God (Job 33:6; NLT).

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

3. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death (Philippians 3:10; NLT).

God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps (1 Peter 2:21; NLT).

4. By God’s power accept your share of suffering for the gospel (2 Timothy 1:8; NET).

I am overflowing with joy in the midst of all our suffering (2 Corinthians 7:4; NET.

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

Darkness (#1 of 2 linked prayers)

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If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light,
trust in the Lord and rely on your God
(Isaiah 50:10; NLT).


1. I seek you in my body,
But find darkness.

2. I seek you in my mind,
But faith has fled.

3. I seek you in my heart,
But love lies broken.

4. I seek you in my soul,
But hope seems dead.


The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it
(John 1:5; NLT).


References

1. Darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88:18; NLT).

2. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? (Psalm 22:1; NLT).

3. My heart is broken (Lamentations 1:20; NLT).

4.  All hope is gone (Ezekiel 37:11; NLT).

Help me, Lord

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Help me, Lord (Psalm 109:26; NLT).

1. Help me, Lord,
To live with my poor body,
So I can bear the damage
Life has done.

2. Help me, Lord,
To catch my careless judgments,
So I can change them,
Growing like your Son.

3. Help me, Lord,
To face my darkest moments,
So I can share them with you
Day by day.

4. Help me, Lord,
To find you in my spirit,
So I may rest with you
Along the way.


References

1. Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested (Hebrews 2:18; NLT).

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

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you (Luke 6:37; NLT).

Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him (Colossians 3:10; NLT).

3. Lord, see my anguish! My heart is broken and my soul despairs (Lamentations 1:20; NLT).

You have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul (Psalm 31:7; NLT).

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

4. You will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all soul (Deuteronomy 4:29; NIV).

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

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

Wholeness

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Be thankful in all circumstances
(1 Thessalonians 5:18; NLT). 

1. Thank you for my body,
And thank you for my mind,
Thank you for my heart, Lord,
And my soul.

2. Thank you for your care, Lord,
And your forgiveness, too,
Your healing, and the faith
Which makes me whole.


References

1. You, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand (Isaiah 64:8; NIV).

He himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else (Acts 17:25; NIV).

2. If God cares so wonderfully for the flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you (Luke 12:28; NLT).

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

It is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8; NIV).

Thy faith hath made thee whole (Luke 8:48; KJV).

We are sinners

Father,

1. We are sinners –
Please forgive us.
Wash away our guilt
And make us whole.

2. Speak to us,
And help us all to listen.
Heal us, Lord,
In body, mind, and soul.

3. We forgive all those
Who sin against us,
Praying for our enemies
And friends.

4. Help us to bear our cross,
And follow Jesus
Through good and ill, Lord God,
Until life ends.


References

1. We are constant sinners (Isaiah 64:5; NLT).

Forgive us our sins (Luke 11:4; NLT).

Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin (Psalm 51:2; NLT).

2. Let me hear your voice (Song of Songs 2:14; NIV).

O Lord, if you heal me, I will be truly healed (Jeremiah 17:14; NLT).

3. We forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).

Love your enemies! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

Pray for those who hurt you (Luke 6:27; NLT).

4. If you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple (Luke 14:27; NLT).

Should we accept only good things from the hand of God, and never anything bad? (Job 2:10; NLT).

Heal us

1. Heal us in body, Lord,
Heal us in mind;
Heal us in heart,
And in soul.

2. Cleanse all our sins, Lord,
And set us all free;
Redeem us,
And make us all whole.


References

1. I am the Lord who heals you (Exodus 15:26; NLT).

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

2. I will cleanse them of their sins (Jeremiah 33:8; NLT).

He sets the prisoners free (Psalm 68:6; NLT).

I will redeem you (Hosea 13:14; NLT).

He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5; RSV).

One body


There will be one flock with one shepherd (John 10:16; NLT).

1. You give us all one body, Lord,
One mind, one heart, one soul.

2. You give us all one Saviour, Lord:
Your Son, who makes us whole.

3. You give us all one love, Lord God,
And answer every plea.

4. You give us all one Spirit, Lord:
Your Truth, which sets us free.


References

1. We have all been baptised into one body (1 Corinthians 12:13; NLT).

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5; NKJV).

I will give them one heart and one purpose (Jeremiah 32:39; NLT).

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

2. 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 was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5; RSV).

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

The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord will answer my prayer (Psalm 6:9; NLT).

4. We all share the same Spirit 1 Corinthians 12:13; NLT).

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32; NLT).

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6, NLT).