More like Jesus

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

1. The more like Jesus we become,
The less we need to say
In prayer,
For, as our minds grow more like his,
We share our thoughts all day.

2. The more like Jesus we become,
The less we need to fear,
Or grieve,
For, as our hearts grow more like his,
We share each dread and tear.

3. The more like Jesus we become,
The less we need to ask
Of him,
For, as our souls grow more like his,
We share his sacred task.

4. The more like Jesus we become,
The less we need to cling
To life,
For here, on earth, and after death,
We’re wholly one with him.

This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ (Ephesians 4:13; NLT).

You …are complete through your union with Christ
(Colossians 2:10; NLT).


References 

1. We are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him (1 John 3:2; NLT). 

When you pray, don’t babble on …for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him (Matthew 6:7-8; NLT).

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

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

Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:4; NIV).

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

2. Do not be afraid, for I am with you (Genesis 26:24; NLT).

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

He knows the secrets of every heart (Psalm 44:21; NLT).

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

3. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him (Philippians 3:9; NLT).

I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace (Acts 20:24; NIV). 

All of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him (2 Corinthians 5:18; NLT). 

My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life (John 10:10; NLT).

4. Whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord (Romans 14:8; NIV).

If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it (Matthew 10:39; NLT). 

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

I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me (John 17:23; NLT). 

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

Close

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

1. You are as close to me as breathing.
You are as close to me as dread.
You are as close, Lord, as my heartbeat –
Closer than words unsaid.

2. You are as close to me as weeping.
You are as close to me as pain.
You are as close to me as anguish –
Closer than guilt, or shame.

3. You are as close to me as living.
You are as close to me as prayer.
You are as close to me as panic –
Closer than my despair.

4. You are as close to me as grieving.
You are as close to me as kin.
You are as close to me as dying –
Closer, by far, than sin.

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


References 

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

2. Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me (Psalm 139:1; NLT).

3. The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; NRSV).

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

4. To all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:11; NLT). 

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

I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-9; NLT). 

Take away my mind

Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away
(John 15:2; NKJV).

Father,
Take away my mind:
You know my thoughts; they’re so unkind.

Take away my withered heart:
You know it’s cold and dark.

Father,
Take away my flesh:
You know my pains and weaknesses.

Take away my troubled life:
You know my inner strife.

Father,
Take away my soul:
Please make it yours, then I’ll be whole.

May there be less and less of me –
Until you set me free.

He must become greater and greater,
and I must become less and less (John 3:30; NLT). 

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

The Father shares our tears

He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.
(Revelation 21:4; NLT).

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour, who daily bears our burdens.
(Psalm 68:19; NIV). 

Beyond our death, all grief will end;
Till then, the Father shares our tears.

After death, all dread will cease;
Till then, he helps us face our fears.

Beyond our death, all pain will end;
Till then, the Saviour shares our cross.

After death, all cares will cease;
Till then, he helps us bear each loss.

Beyond our death, all hate will end;
Till then, the Spirit is our guide.

After death, all hurt will cease;
Till then, he’s always at our side.

Beyond our death, all wrong will end;
Till then, the Lord forgives our sin.

After death, all shame will cease;
Till then, we put our trust in him.

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We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.
(1 John 4:16; NLT). 

 


Avoidance (for R.B.)

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.
But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
(John 16:33; NLT).

1. The more I avoid
The things I fear,
The worse my fears will grow:

Please help me, Lord,
To face my fears
As you did, long ago.

2. The more I confront
Whatever I fear,
The stronger I’ll become:

Please help me, Lord,
To face my fears
Each day, till life is done.

3. The sooner I begin
This task,
The faster I’ll be healed:

Please help me, Lord,
To face my fears,
Be brave, and never yield.

4. The more I make these truths
My guide,
The better I’ll succeed:

Please help me, Lord, 
To face my fears –
Then I’ll be free indeed.

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I have come that they may have life,
and have it to the full.
(John 10:10; NIV).

 


References 

1. My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done (Matthew 26:42; NIV).

2. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand (Isaiah 41:10; NLT).

3. The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you” (Psalm 32:NLT). 

4. I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13; NLT).

If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed (John 8:36; NIV).

You will indeed go out with joy and be peacefully guided; the mountains and the hills will break into singing before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands (Isaiah 55:12; CSB). 


It’s dreadful

It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
(Hebrews 10:31; NIV).

It’s dreadful, Lord,
To fall into your hands,
Although there’s nowhere else
I’d rather be.

It’s terrible
To gaze upon your face,
But there is no one else
I’d rather see.

It’s harrowing
To touch your hands and feet,
And yet there’s nothing else
I’d rather do.

It’s ecstasy
To share your warm embrace –
Because there is no other god
But You.

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There is no other god but me!
(Deuteronomy 32:39; NLT).

 


In birth (for C.)

The eternal God is our hiding place; he carries us in his arms.
(Deuteronomy 33:27; CEV).

In birth,
We have no sense of loss:
You keep us in your warm embrace.
Lord, we are always dear to you,
Safe in your mercy, love and grace.

In life,
Whatever we confront,
You carry us, and share each tear.
Lord, we are always close to you,
Even in sorrow, pain and fear.

In death,
We have no cause for dread:
You hold us, as we quit this flesh.
Lord, we are always part of you,
Despite our sickness and distress.

In bliss,
Our souls will see your face;
Your hands make whole; your presence calms.
Lord, we are always one with you,
Safe in your everlasting arms.

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The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you.
(Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

 


I fix my eyes

Look straight ahead,
and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
(Proverbs 4:25; NLT).

I fix my eyes
Beyond this world –
On Christ,
Who shares my life.

I fix my mind
Beyond this grief –
On Christ,
Who shares my loss.

I fix my heart
Beyond this fear –
On Christ,
Who shares my dread.

I fix my soul
Beyond this pain –
On Christ,
Who shares my cross.

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I focus on this one thing:
Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us 
(Philippians 3:13-14; NLT).


Made of dread

Image: Leigh Heasley, Pixabay


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I’m just a worm, less than human
(Psalm 22:6; CEB).

1. I’m made of dread,
Instead of dust,

2. And cling to you in doubt,
Not trust.

3. I plead through pain,
Instead of prayer,

4. And serve you out of pride,
Not care.

5. I offer sin,
Instead of good,

6. And wait for you with fear,
Not love.

7. I seek the dark,
Instead of light –

8. Lord, may I walk by faith,
Not sight.

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We walk by faith, not by sight
(2 Corinthians 5:7; NIV).

In pain (#2 of 2 linked prayers)

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I am suffering and in pain
(Psalm 69:29; NLT).

Lord,

1. In pain,
I share your dread,
And glimpse your final test.

2. In pain,
I sense your zeal for God,
And see your love expressed.

3. In pain,
I feel your brokenness,
And cry to you anew.

4. In pain,
I grasp the truth, at last,
For here, Lord, I find you.

If we are to share his glory,
we must also share his suffering
(Romans 8:17; NLT).

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References

1. I have a terrible baptism of suffering ahead of me, and I am under a heavy burden until it is accomplished (Luke 12:50; NLT).

He became anguished and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death” (Matthew 27:37-8; NLT).

2. I have come to set the world on fire, and how I wish it were already burning! (Luke 12:49; NLT).

‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ (Luke 10:27; NLT).

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13; NLT).

3. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46; NIV).

O God, listen to my cry! I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed (Psalm 61:2; NLT).

4. The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45; NLT).

You Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you (Ephesians 1:13; NLT).

He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain (Isaiah 53:3; NIV).