Always before me

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You go before me (Psalm 139:5; NLT).

1. Lord,
May your pattern
Be always before me,
Helping me face
All my tears.

2. Lord,
May your courage
Be always before me,
Helping me face
All my fears.

3. Lord,
May your patience
Be always before me,
Helping me face
All my pain.

4. Lord,
May your Spirit
Be always before me,
Lighting my way
With your flame.

 


References

1. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps (1 Peter 2:21; NLT).

While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death (Hebrews 5:7; NLT).

2. Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39; NIV).

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 me and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

3. May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ (2 Thessalonians 3:5; NKJV).

Since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too (1 Peter 4:1; NLT).

4. I will pour out my Spirit upon all people (Joel 2:28; NLT).

The Holy One will be a flame (Isaiah 10:17; NLT).

He lit up the way before me and I walked safely through the darkness (Job 29:3; NLT).

Creation exalts you (#2 of 2 linked prayers)

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I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth
(Joel 2:30; NIV).

1. Father,
Creation exalts you:
Rocks break
When your hurricanes blow.

2. Jesus,
The wild waves obey you;
Earth quakes,
And your living springs flow.

3. Spirit,
The universe serves you:
Flames leap,
And your great waters flood.

4. Threefold God,
Reigning in heaven:
You speak –
And we bow down, in love.

 


References

1. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together (Colossians 1:17; NLT).

The Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind (1 Kings 19:11; NLT).

2. When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him! (Luke 8:25; NLT).

After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake (1 Kings 19:11; NLT).

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

He will lead them to springs of life-giving water (Revelation 7:17; NLT).

3. After the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire (1 Kings 19:12; NLT).

Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:3; NLT).

If he releases the waters, they flood the earth (Job 12:15; NLT).

4. All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations (Psalm 22:27-8; NIV).

God speaks again and again, though people do not recognise it (Job 33:14; NLT).

After the fire [came] a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; KJV).

Bow down and worship the Lord (Ezekiel 46:3; NLT).

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

Creation exalts you (#1 of 2 linked prayers)

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I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth
(Joel 2:30; NIV). 

1. Father,
Creation exalts you:
Rocks break
When your hurricanes blow.

2. Jesus,
The wild waves obey you;
Earth quakes,
And your living springs flow.

3. Spirit,
The universe serves you:
Flames leap,
And your visions outpour.

4. Threefold God,
Reigning in heaven:
You speak —
And we bow down, in awe.

 


References

1. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together (Colossians 1:17; NLT).

The Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind (1 Kings 19:11; NLT).

2. When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him! (Luke 8:25; NLT).

After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake (1 Kings 19:11; NLT).

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

He will lead them to springs of life-giving water (Revelation 7:17; NLT).

3. After the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire (1 Kings 19:12; NLT).

Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:3; NLT).

I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days (Joel 2:28-9; NIV).

4. All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations (Psalm 22:27-8; NIV).

God speaks again and again, though people do not recognise it (Job 33:14; NLT).

After the fire [came] a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; KJV).

I bow down toward your holy temple in reverential awe (Psalm 5:7; CSB).

Gifts

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Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love
(1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

1. Lord,
You give us all the gift of faith:
A little seed –
But we must do our best
To help it grow, through prayer, thanks, and rejoicing,
So it becomes a tree
Where others rest

2. Lord,
You give us all the gift of hope:
A touch of yeast –
But we must make it spread,
And help it grow, through prayer, thanks, and rejoicing,
So many more can eat
Your living bread.

3. Lord,
You give us all the gift of love:
A tiny spark –
But we must fan its flame,
And help it grow, through prayer, thanks, and rejoicing,
So others burn
To praise your holy name.

Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame
(Song of Songs 8:6; NLT).


References

1. The promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it (Romans 4:16; NLT).

Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? How can I illustrate it? It is like a tiny mustard seed that a man planted in a garden; it grows and becomes a tree, and the birds make nests in its branches” (Luke 13:18-19; NLT).

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15; NIV).

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

2. This letter is from Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, appointed by the command of God our Saviour and Christ Jesus, who gives us hope (1 Timothy 1:1; NLT).

He also asked, “What else is the Kingdom of God like? It is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough” (Luke 13:20-21; NLT).

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh (John 6:51; NLT).

3. 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).

Fan into flame the gift of God, [for] the Spirit of God does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:6-7; NIV).

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

Let them all praise the name of the Lord (Psalm 148:13; NLT).

All the nations you made will come and bow before you, Lord; they will praise your holy name (Psalm 86:9; NLT).

Safe place

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You have not handed me over to my enemies
but have set me in a safe place

(Psalm 31:8; NLT).

1. Breathe in Christ’s peace.

2. Bask in his light.

3. Drink in his truth.

4. Rest in his might.

5. Dance in his flames.

6. Wash in his blood.

7. Feast on his bread.

8. Live in his love.

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 8:39; NLT).


References

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

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

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

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

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

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6; NLT).

4. The Lord your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed (Deuteronomy 10:17; NLT).

The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command (Hebrews 1:3; NLT).

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

I have come to set the world on fire (Luke 12:49; NLT).

6. “Go,” [Jesus] told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam.” So the man went and washed, and came home seeing (John 9:7; NIV).

The blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins ( Hebrews 9:14; NLT).

7. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! (Luke 12:24; NIV).

I am the living bread (John 6:51; NLT).

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

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

The Way of Love

Lord,

1. Thank you for your Way of Love,
And for the gift
Of your dear Son.

2. Thank you for your Way of Truth,
And all the victories
He won.

3. Thank you for your Way of Peace,
The humble path
His parents knew.

4. Thank you for your Way of Faith,
Which always leads us
Back to you.

5. Thank you for your Way of Fire,
Made visible
In tongues of flame.

6. Thank you for your Way of Life –
May we, like Jesus,
Praise your name.


References

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

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).

2. I have chosen the way of truth (Psalm 119:30; NKJV).

No one could answer him. And after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions (Matthew 22:46; NLT).

3. The Dayspring from on high has visited us […] to guide our feet into the way of peace (Luke 1:78-9; NKJV).

He has regarded the lowly state of his maidservant (Luke 1:48; NKJV).

4. This way of faith is very different from the way of law (Galatians 3:12; NLT).

“My wayward children,” says the Lord, “come back to me, and I will heal your wayward hearts” (Jeremiah 3:22; NLT).

5. The pillar of fire showed them the way through the night (Nehemiah 9:19; NLT).

Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:3-4; NLT).

6. You have shown me the way of life, and you will fill me with the joy of your presence (Acts 2:28; NLT).

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name (Matthew 6:9; NIV).

Taking your right hand

God will redeem me from the realm of the dead;
he will surely take me to himself

(Psalm 49:15; NIV).

1. I revel in your presence, Lord,
So tender, and so kind,
Taking your right hand
As I leave flesh and blood behind.

2. I revel in your brightness, Lord,
And praise your boundless might,
Taking your right hand
As you transform my mind with light.

3. I revel in your power, Lord,
And bless your holy name,
Taking your right hand
As you transmute my heart with flame.

4. I revel in your welcome, Lord,
For you make all things new,
Taking your right hand
To reunite, at last, with you.


References

1. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me (Psalm 23:4; NKJV).

He felt the hand of the Lord take hold of him (Ezekiel 1:3; NLT).

Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us (Luke 1:78; NLT).

2. Our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies (1 Corinthians 15:53; NLT).

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

3. The Lord’s hand is powerful (Joshua 4:24; NLT).

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

4. While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NIV).

He who sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new” (Revelation 21:5; RSV).

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