Love and dust

Lord,

1. You make us all from love
And dust.

2. Help us to follow Christ,
And learn to trust

3. That his forgiveness
Cleanses all our sins –

4. Then we will know the peace
Salvation brings.

Lord,

5. You make us all for love
And loss.

6. Help us to face our lives,
Take up our cross,

7. Serve you in all we meet,
And spread your grace –

8. Then we will share your joy,
And see your face.

References

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

The Lord God formed man of dust from the ground (Genesis 2:7; RSV).

2. Take up your cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

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

4. He will be the source of peace (Micah 5:5; NLT).

5. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).

6. Take up your cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

7. Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; NIV).

8. Come and share your master’s happiness! (Matthew 25:23; NIV).

They will see his face (Revelation 22:4; NLT).

Live in Christ


In him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28; NIV).

1. Live in Christ,
And in his peace,
Then you will share his joy.

2. Live in Christ,
And in his light,
Then you will share his path.

3. Live in Christ,
And in his truth,
Then you will share his faith.

4. Live in Christ,
And in his love,
Then you will share his grace.

References

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

Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone (Romans 12:18; NLT).

Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit (Luke 10:21; NLT).

2. I am the light of the world (John 8:12; NLT).

He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light (Colossians 1:12; NLT). 

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

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

Grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ – the Son of the Father – will continue to be with us who live in truth and love (2 John 1:3; NLT).

Jesus said to his disciples, “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22; NLT).

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

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

Help me to face this fear (#2 of 2 linked prayers)

Today’s prayer is similar to yesterday’s. It can be said before facing feared situations,
or repeated whilst experiencing fear or panic.

A child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
(Isaiah 9:6; NLT).

1. Jesus,
Wondrous Counsellor,
You know the cross I bear.

2. Jesus,
Mighty God and King,
You understand, and care.

3. Jesus,
Everlasting Father,
You are always here.

4. Jesus,
Prince of Peace, my Lord:
Please help me face this fear.

References

1. If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

2. He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do (Psalm 33:15; NLT).

He cares for those who trust in him (Nahum 1:7; NIV).

3. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NKJV).

Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20; NLT).

4. Then I called on the name of the Lord, “Please, Lord, save me!” (Psalm 116:4; NLT).

Come quickly to help me, O Lord, my saviour (Psalm 38:22; NLT).

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

He helps me (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

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).

Help me to face this task (#1 of 2 linked prayers)

Today’s prayer can be said repeatedly both before, and whilst, facing any task we find hard.

A child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
(Isaiah 9:6; NLT).

1. Jesus,
Wondrous Counsellor,
You care for me each day.

2. Jesus,
Mighty God and King,
You hear me when I pray.

3. Jesus,
Everlasting Father,
Grant me what I ask:

4. Jesus,
Prince of Peace, my Lord,
Please help me face this task.

References

1. He cares for those who trust in him (Nahum 1:7; NIV).

2. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us (1 John 5:14; NIV).

3. Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for (Matthew 7:7; NLT).

Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours (Mark 11:24; NIV).

4. “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28; NLT).

Come quickly to help me, O Lord, my saviour (Psalm 38:22; NLT).

He helps me (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

The Word of God

His title was the Word of God (Revelation 19:13; NLT).

1. Christ is the spoken Word of God,
Through whom all things are made.

2. Christ is the holy Word of God,
Who comes to heal and save.

3. Christ is the living Word of God,
Born of the Virgin’s womb.

4. Christ is the silenced Word of God,
Laid in a borrowed tomb.

5. Christ is the resurrected Word of God,
Eternally.

6. Christ is the universal Word of God,
Who sets us free.

7. Christ is the ever-present Word of God,
Who makes us whole.

8. Christ is the everlasting Word of God,
Within each soul.

References

1. In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1; NLT).

God created everything through him (John 1:3; NLT).

2. He healed every kind of disease and illness (Matthew 4:23; NLT).

God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:9; NLT).

3. The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35; NLT).

The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel [God with us] (Isaiah 7:15; NIV).

4. He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter (Isaiah 53:7; NLT).

When the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” (Mark 15:39; NIV).

Joseph took the body and […] placed it in his own new tomb (Matthew 27:59-60; NLT).

5. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25; NIV).

6. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released (Luke 4:18; NLT).

7. Be sure of this: I am with you always (Matthew 28:20; 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).

He wounds, but his hands make whole (Job 5:18; NKJV).

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

We share your beating heart

1. We share your beating heart, Lord God,
Although we may forget;

2. We share, with you, Christ’s mind,
Although we may not grasp this yet.

3. We share his mother’s flesh and blood;
Yet still we may not see:

4. We share your Spirit’s life and breath,
For all are one with Thee.

References

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

Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the Lord your God (Deuteronomy 8:11; NLT).

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

3. Here is your mother (John 19:27; NLT).

I heard what he said, but I did not understand what he meant (Daniel 12:8; NLT).

4. The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life (Job 33:4; NLT).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

Everything happens for a reason

1. Everything, Lord,
Happens for a reason,
Although I cannot guess
What it might be.

2. Everything, Lord,
Happens for a reason,
So I’m content:
You know what’s best for me.

3. Everything, Lord,
Happens for a reason,
And I trust that from bad
Good things can come.

4. Everything, Lord,
Happens for a reason,
So I can say, with Christ:
Your will be done.

References

1. How great is God – beyond our understanding! (Job 36:26; NIV).

2. “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).

3. We know that in all things God works for good of those who love him (Romans 8:28; NIV).

4. Your will be done (Matthew 6:10; NLT).