Faith, hope, love, God, Prayer, presence, suffering

Constant prayer

With many thanks to Peter Johnston
for his inspirational words. 

 

May I live in you
Through constant prayer:
Resting, waking, working, Lord,
With you.

May I live in you
Through constant prayer:
Listening, speaking, serving, Lord, 
With you.

May I live in you
Through constant prayer:
Trying, struggling, failing, Lord, 
With you. 

May I live in you
Through constant prayer:
Suffering, fretting, waiting, Lord,
With you.

May I live in you
Through constant prayer:
Forever reuniting, Lord, 
With you. 

 

References

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

Pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17; CSB).

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

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We’re one

Lord,
You make us all to be like you:
You live in us, you’re part of us,
We’re one.

Lord,
May we respond to this great gift:
We live in you, we’re part of you,
We’re one.

Lord,
May we love everyone alive:
You live in us, you’re part of us,
We’re one.

Lord,
May we rejoice with all the world:
We live in you, we’re part of you,
We’re one.

 

References

Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our own image, to be like us” (Genesis 1:26; NLT).

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

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one (John 17:22; NLT).

Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep” (John 21:17; NLT).

Rejoice forever in my creation! (Isaiah 65:18; NLT).

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one (John 17:22; NLT).

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Grace before food, drink, or medication

I pray for those, Lord God,  
Who have sufficient.

I pray for those, Lord God, 
Whose means are small.

I pray for those, Lord God,
With very little;

And I pray for those 
With nothing, Lord, at all. 

 

References

He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me” (Luke 22:19; NLT). 

He took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them […] And he said to them, “This is my blood” (Mark 14:23-4; NLT).

 

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Abba, Father

Abba, Father, 
I love you;
And, to my amazement, 
You love me. 

Abba, Father,
I love you;
And, to my delight,
You set me free. 

Abba, Father,
I love you;
And, to my relief,
You heal my soul.

Abba, Father,
I love you;
And, to my great joy, 
You make me whole. 

 

References

Because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father” (Galatians 4:6; NLT).

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

I have paid the price to set you free (Isaiah 44:22; NLT).

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

He was beaten so we could be whole (Isaiah 53:5; NLT).

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Yet another chance

Lord,

You give me
Yet another chance:

It’s not too late to join 
Your ceaseless dance;

For when I eat your flesh,
And drink your blood,   

You make me fit to share 
Your dance of love.

 

References

The gardener answered, “Sir, give it one more chance”
(Luke 13:8; NLT).

Praise his name with dancing (Psalm 149:3; NLT).

I am not worthy even to come and meet you (Luke 7:7; NLT).

Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you (John 6:53; NLT).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

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I cling to you

Lord, 
I cling to you who made me, 
You who know me,
And sustain me. 

Lord, 
I cling to you who sees me,
You who hear me,
And forgive me.

Lord, 
I cling to you who loves me,
You who guide me,
And defend me. 

Lord,
I cling to you who saves me, 
You who heal me,
And redeem me.

 

References

He himself gives life and breath to everything (Acts 17:25; NLT).

You are the God who sees me (Genesis 16:13; NLT).

He hears us (1 John 5:14; NIV).

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

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

He redeems my soul in safety from the battle that I wage (Psalm 55:18; ESV).

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In good and ill

Many thanks to Corrin Leavey, 
who painted this beautiful artwork,
and allowed me to use it.

In good and ill
I long for you,
And you, Lord,
Long for me.

In good and ill
I seek you, Lord, 
And you, Lord God,
Seek me.

In good and ill
I talk to you,
And you, Lord,
Talk to me.

In good and ill
I love you, Lord,
And you, Lord God,
Love me.

 

References

I long for you, O God (Psalm 42:1; NLT).

The Lord longs to be gracious to you (Isaiah 30:18; NIV).

I earnestly seek for God (Isaiah 26:9; NLT).

The Son of Man came to seek […] those who are lost (Luke 19:10; NLT).

Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning (Psalm 5:1; NLT). 

As soon as I pray, you answer me (Psalm 138:3; NLT).

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

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

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