Look for the Father

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1. Look for the Father
Who dwells deep within,
Stirring our hearts
To repent of our sin.

2. Seek the Messiah
Who comes from above,
Sharing our anguish,
Outpouring his love.

3. Search for the Spirit
Who falls from on high,
Comforting everyone,
Hearing each sigh.

4. Turn to the Godhead
Who lives in us all –
Ask his forgiveness,
And welcome his call.

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References

1. You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

Repent of your sins (Matthew 4:17; NLT).

2. I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me (John 6:38; NLT).

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

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

3. The Holy Spirit fell upon them (Acts 11:15; NKJV).

He will give you another Comforter, that he may be with you for ever (John 14:16; DBY).

Don’t you realise that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; NLT).

4. Turn to God (Matthew 4:17; NLT).

In him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead (Colossians 2:9; ASV).

We will come and make our home with each of them (John 14:23; NLT).

Perhaps even yet they will turn from their evil ways and ask the Lord’s forgiveness before it is too late (Jeremiah 36:7; NLT).

He calls people (Romans 9:12; NLT).

Your will

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

1. Father,
Please remove from me
All foolish pride and vanity;
All judging of my fellows, Lord:

Your will, my mind –
In full accord.

2. Father,
Please remove from me
All selfishness and jealousy;
All quarrelling, and hatred, Lord:

Your will, my heart –
In true accord.

3. Father,
Please remove from me
All arrogance and gluttony;
All callousness, and slander, Lord:

Your will, my soul –
In one accord.

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References

1. I will not endure conceit and pride (Psalm 101:5; NLT).

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged (Luke 6:37; NLT).

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5; NKJV).

2. When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarrelling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties and other sins like these (Galatians 5:19-21; NLT).

He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love (Romans 5:5; NLT).

I will give them one heart and one purpose: to worship me forever (Jeremiah 32:39; NLT).

3. 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 7:21-22; NLT).

I hate pride and arrogance (Proverbs 8:13; NLT).

I will not tolerate people who slander their neighbours (Psalm 101:5; NLT).

He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him (1 Corinthians 6:17; NKJV).

I walk by faith

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1. Lord,
I walk by faith,
Not sight.
I hear no voice;
I see no light.

Please help me, Father –
Take my hand,
And lead me
To your Promised Land.

2. Lord,
I live by faith,
Not sight.
I walk, alone,
Through endless night.

Please help me, Father –
Guide my feet,
And lead me to
Your Mercy Seat.

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References

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

Help me, O Lord (Psalm 30:10; NLT).

I will take you by the hand and guard you (Isaiah 42:6; NLT).

I will lead you to a land flowing with milk and honey (Exodus 3:17; NLT).

When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land (Exodus 13:17; NLT).

2. We live by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7; NET).

If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord and rely on your God (Isaiah 50:10; NLT).

Come quickly, Lord, and help me (Psalm 40:13; NLT).

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path (Psalm 119:105; NLT).

God publicly displayed him [Jesus] at his death as the mercy seat accessible through faith (Romans 3:25; NET).

I belong to you (#2 of 2 linked prayers)

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1. Father,
May I praise your name,
Serving in all I do;
Then I will see your face, at last,
For I belong to you.

2. Jesus,
May I face each day
Bearing my cross anew;
Then I will share your joy, at last,
For I am part of you.

3. Spirit,
May I hear your voice
Teaching me all that’s true;
Then we will reunite, at last,
For I am one with you.

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References

1. You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him (Luke 4:8; NLT).

Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).

You and I both belong to God (Job 33:6; NLT).

2. 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).

Share your master’s joy (Matthew 25:21; CSB).

Don’t you know that your bodies are a part of Christ’s body? (1 Corinthians 6:15; CSB).

3. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth (John 14:17; NLT).

Then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NLT).

I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one (John 17:21; NLT).

The person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him (1 Corinthians 6:17; NLT).

I belong to you (#1 of 2 linked prayers)

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1. Father,
May I praise your name,
Serving in all I do;
Then we will share my exile here,
For I belong to you.

2. Jesus,
May I face each day
Bearing my cross anew;
Then we will share each heavy load,
For I am part of you.

3. Spirit,
May I hear your voice
Teaching me all that’s true;
Then we will always live in love,
For I am one with you.

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References

1. You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him (Luke 4:8; NLT).

You and I both belong to God (Job 33:6; NLT).

2. 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).

Don’t you know that your bodies are a part of Christ’s body? (1 Corinthians 6:15; CSB).

3. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth (John 14:17; NLT).

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

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 3:8; NLT).

The person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him (1 Corinthians 6:17; NLT).

May I walk

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In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth
(Genesis 1:1; NLT).

Father,

1. May I walk with care,
For all the earth is sacred.

2. May I walk with tears of joy,
For I am heaven-bound.

3. May I walk with deep respect,
For you, Lord, live in all you make.

4. May I walk with humble love,
For I’m on holy ground.

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References

1. The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it (Genesis 2:15; NIV).

The whole earth is filled with his glory! (Isaiah 6:3; NLT).

2. Tears of joy will stream down their faces, and I will lead them home with great care (Jeremiah 31:9; NLT).

The dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NLT).

3. I am the Lord, who made all things (Isaiah 44:24; NLT).

God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good (Genesis 1:31; NLT).

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

4. Walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8; NLT).

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children, and walk in the way of love (Ephesians 5:2; NIV).

“Do not come any closer,” the Lord warned. “Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground” (Exodus 3:5; NLT).

May I love

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There is […] one God and Father,
who is over all and in all and living through all

(Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

1. May I love each child, Lord God,
Because they are your cradle.

2. May I love each neighbour, Lord,
Because they are your home.

3. May I love each stranger, Lord,
Because they are your temple.

4. May I love each enemy,
Because they are your throne.

5. May I love you, Father God,
Because you make and keep me.

6. May I love you, Jesus Christ,
Because you cleanse my sin.

7. May I love you, Holy Ghost,
Because you never leave me;

8. And may I even love my self –
Because you dwell within.

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love
(Galatians 5:6; NIV).

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References

1. Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me (Matthew 18:5; NLT).

Jesus, […] though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men (Philippians 2:5-7; ESV).

2. Love your neighbour (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them” (John 14:23; NLT).

3. Love the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; NKJV).

Show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

4. Love your enemies! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

He loves all his people (Deuteronomy 33:3; NLT).

5. You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength,
and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Your hands shaped me and made me (Job 10:8; NIV).

The Lord keeps me alive! (Psalm 54:4; NLT).

6. Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you (John 21:17; NLT).

I will cleanse them of their sins (Jeremiah 33:8; NLT).

7. He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love (Romans 5:5; NLT).

I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, [Comforter, Encourager, Counsellor] who will never leave you (John 14:16; NLT).

8. Love your neighbour as yourself (Luke 10:27; NLT).

All who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

Love

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

1. God, our Father,
You are love,
Living in all you make.

2. Christ, our Saviour,
You are love,
Suffering for our sake.

3. Holy Spirit,
You are love,
Waiting in every soul.

4. Lord,
You are unfailing love,
Longing to make us whole.

His hands make whole (Job 5:18; NKJV).

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References

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

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

I am the Lord, who made all things (Isaiah 44:24; NLT).

2. We are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Saviour (Philippians 3:20; NLT).

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10; NIV).

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

Though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor (2 Corinthians 8:9; NIV).

3. You have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you (1 John 2:27; NLT).

The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

4. The Lord our God is one Lord (Deuteronomy 6:4; RSV).

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

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

Upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5; RSV).

Instant friend

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Love the stranger
(Deuteronomy 10:19; NKJV).

1. Be an instant friend
For strangers –
Everyone whose path you cross.

2. Be an instant friend
For strangers –
Those in trouble, need, or loss.

3. Be an instant friend
For strangers –
Helping is our sacred task.

4. Be an instant friend
For strangers –
Love is all our Father asks.

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References

1. See the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37; NLT).

2. Which of these three would you say was a neighbour to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same” (Luke 10:36-7; NLT).

3. I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me (Matthew 25:35-6; NLT).

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

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).

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

In due season God will judge everyone, both good and bad, for all their deeds (Ecclesiastes 3:17; NLT).


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Reflections


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Now we see things imperfectly,
like puzzling reflections…

1. Light on water,
Fire from heaven.
Living presence:
Jesus Christ.

2. Peace rains down
On earth, forever.
Love for all,
His sacrifice.

3. Truth streams out
To every mortal.
Faith is offered:
Make your choice!

4. Hope floods down
To all the nations:
Seek God’s Kingdom!
Hear his voice!

5. Ask the Father
To forgive you.
Welcome him
Into your soul,

6. Then, take your cross,
And follow Christ,
For he, alone,
Can make you whole.

…but then we will see everything with perfect clarity
(1 Corinthians 13:12; NLT).

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References

1. God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).

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

Rivers of living water will flow from his heart (John 7:38; NLT).

God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV). 

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

God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17; NLT).

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

He made peace with everything in heaven and earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross (Colossians 1:20; NLT).

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you (John 14:27; NKJV).

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT).

He took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many” (Matthew 26:27-8; NLT).

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

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

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes (Romans 1:16; NLT).

The promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift (Romans 4:16; NLT).

Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make (Deuteronomy 13:19; NLT).

4. I pray that God, the source of all hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13; NLT).

My strong arm will bring justice to the nations. All distant lands will look to me and wait in hope for my powerful arm (Isaiah 51:5; NLT).

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously (Matthew 6:33; NLT).

Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts (Hebrews 4:7; NLT).

5. Perhaps even yet they will turn from their evil ways and ask the Lord’s forgiveness before it is too late (Jeremiah 36:7; NLT).

To all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12; NIV).

God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

6. Then he said to the crowd, “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).

 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me”(John 14:6; NLT).

He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole (Isaiah 53:5; RSV).

I am the Lord, who heals you (Exodus 15:27; NIV).