Pray

Never stop praying, especially for others.
(Ephesians 6:18; CEV).

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them (1 Timothy 2:1; NLT). 

Pray for those you read about,
And everyone you see;
For those you only hear about,
And people on TV.

Pray for those you pass each day,
And everyone you greet;
For those who stop to chat with you,
And all who never speak.

Pray for those you’re glad to know,
And all you’d rather shun;
For those who want to put you down:
Yes, pray for everyone.

Pray for all your family;
For those you trust as friends;
And pray for all your enemies
Until your life here ends.

Ask the Lord to bless each one
With faith, hope, love, and health;
Then, when you’ve prayed for all the world,
Pray, lastly, for yourself.

🧡

Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last,
and the servant of all (Mark 9:35; NIV).


Open my eyes (#3 of 3)


Open my eyes so that I will observe amazing things from your instruction.
(Psalm 119:18; ISV). 

He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.
(Ecclesiastes 3:11; NLT).

Lord,

Open my eyes, so I can see
The scope of all you give to me:
Genesis; conception; birth;
Your realm within me, here, on earth.

Open my mind, so I can see
The scope of all you do for me:
The gift of Christ, your only Son;
His battle against evil, won.

Open my heart, so I can see
The scope of all you offer me:
Forgiveness, faith; your truth; your way;
Your Spirit, helping me each day.

Open my soul, so I can see
The scope of all you promise me:
Salvation; life with you above
For evermore, in joy and love.

🖤

You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.
(Psalm 16:11; NLT).


Why am I here?

I desire to do your will, my God.
(Psalm 40:8; NIV).

Why am I here, Lord?
What is my task?
How can I do your will?

By turning from sin,
And trusting my Son;
Praying, alone, every day.

Why am I here, Lord?
What is my task?
How can I do your will?

By taking your cross,
And following Christ;
Uniting with us, as one.

Why am I here, Lord?
What is my task?
How can I do your will?

By seeking my face,
And learning to love;
Forgiving both friend and foe.

Why am I here, Lord?
What is my task?
How can I do your will?

By bearing what comes,
And growing in faith;
Accepting both good and ill.

💜

The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
blessed be the name of the Lord.
(Job 1:21; NKJV).


My hands are soiled

From within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you
(Mark 7:20-23; NLT).

My hands are soiled.
My tongue has lied.
My feet have followed
Foolish ways.

My heart is cold;
My judgments, harsh.
My thoughts betray you
All my days.

My faith is weak.
My hope has gone.
My love for you, and all,
Falls short.

Lord, rescue me!
Forgive my sins,
And lead me on
The way you taught. 

Follow the way of love
(1 Corinthians 14:1; NIV).


These are not our mountains (with thanks to A.K.)

The heavens are yours, and the earth is yours;
everything in the world is yours – you created it all
(Psalm 89:11; NLT). 

These are not our mountains, Lord,
But yours.
Creatures, plants, land, sea:
You make them all.

Every speck of dust,
At your command;
Sun, moon, stars:
From genesis to fall.

Food, and drink, and life
Come from your hand.
Faith, hope, love and peace:
Supplied by you.

Help us, Lord, to seek you,
And to find.
Then we will see, hear, taste:
And know it’s true.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.
(Psalm 34:8; NLT).

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things
(1 Chronicles 29:11; NLT).

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Like incense

Accept my prayer
as incense offered to you
(Psalm 141:2; NLT).

May my prayers
Rise like incense,
My faith
Blaze like fire;

My trust
Shine like yours, Lord,
My love
Never tire.

May your light
Rest upon me,
Your heart
Be my shrine;

Your peace
Dwell within me,
Our souls
Intertwine.

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).


Temptation (#1 of 2 linked prayers)

Hear my plea
(Psalm 28:2; NET).

Father God, in weakness,
Jesus, in dismay,
Spirit, in temptation:
Hear my plea.

Father God, in anger,
Jesus, in alarm,
Spirit, in temptation:
Come to me. 

Father God, in sorrow,
Jesus, in distress,
Spirit, in temptation:
You are near.

Father God, in failure,
Jesus, in despair,
Spirit, in temptation:
You are here.

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