Context: When I was praying this morning, with my little olive-wood holding cross clasped between the palms of my hands, I saw that heaven was between them. Today’s prayer then flowed straight into my mind. After writing it, I discovered, to my great delight, that I was able to say it whilst moving smoothly between the actions described in each verse.
Pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17; TIV).
1. When I clasp my hands together,
Heaven is between them.
2. When I lift my hands in prayer,
Yahweh, you are near.
3. When I fold my arms across my breast,
Christ, you embrace me,
4. And when I breathe your name,
Beloved Spirit, you are here.
Don’t you realise that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit,
who lives in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; NLT).
In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on servants –
men and women alike (Joel 2:29; NLT).
1. Jesus summoned the crowd and the disciples and said, “If you wish to come after me, you must deny your very self, take up your cross and follow in my footsteps” (Mark 8:34; TIV).
2. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless YHWH! (Psalm 134:2; TIV).
You are near, Yahweh (Psalm 119:151; WEB).
3. While he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NLT).
4. Yahweh God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7; WEB).
When the Paraclete comes – the Spirit of Truth who comes from Abba God, whom I myself will send from my Abba – she will bear witness on my behalf (John 15:26; TIV).
He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:22; NIV).
Don’t you realise that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; NLT).