You are my soul

1. You are my soul, Lord God,
So we are one.

2. One in my mortal flesh,
And damaged mind;

3. One in my fragile heart,
And at my core;

4. One in you, Lord, my God,
For evermore.

References

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

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

4. Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:38; NLT).

Weak and mortal

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

1. My flesh is weak
And mortal, Lord;
It will return to dust.

2. My mind is full
Of anguish, Lord,
Making it hard to trust.

3. My heart is sad
And lonely, Lord,
Full of despair and sin,

4. But my soul is at peace
Forever, Lord,
Because it is you, within.

References

1. He knows how weak we are (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

He remembered that they were merely mortal (Psalm 78:39; NLT).

You were made from dust, and to dust you will return (Genesis 3:19; NLT).

2. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? (Psalm 22:1; NIV).

3. My soul is downcast within me (Psalm 42:5; NIV).

Darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88:18; NLT).

From the depths of despair, O Lord, I call for your help (Psalm 130:1; NLT).

In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful mature I am a slave to sin (Romans 7:25; NLT).

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

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

God lives in us (# 2 of 2 linked prayers)

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

Lord,

1. You live
Within our bones.

2. In our minds
We hear your call,

3. For you, Lord, dwell
Within our hearts

4. And souls –
In, through, and over, all.

References

1. 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).

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

3. You are the temple of the living God (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

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

He lives within you (1 John 2:27; NLT).

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

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

God knows that we are mortal

We now have this light shining in our hearts,
but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.
This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves
(2 Corinthians 4:7; NLT).

1. God knows that we are mortal,
For he fashions us from clay.

2. He knows that we are fragile,
So his Spirit helps us pray.

3. He knows our lives are fleeting,
Then our flesh returns to dust.

4. He knows that we are fearful,
So his Son helps us to trust.

References

1. He remembered that they were merely mortal (Psalm 78:39; NLT).

We are the clay, and you are the potter. We are all formed by your hand (Isaiah 64:8; NLT).

2. He knows how weak we are (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

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

3. Our days on earth are as fleeting as a shadow (Job 8:9; NLT).

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

4. When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you (Psalm 56:3; NLT).

Trust in God, and trust also in me [Jesus] (John 14:1-2; NLT).

Ever deeper

1. Jesus,
Draw me ever deeper –
Deep into your flesh,
So I may share your sorrow
And your reign.

2. Mary,
Draw me ever deeper –
Deep into your mind,
So I may share your gladness
And your pain.

3. Father,
Draw me ever deeper –
Deep into your heart,
So I may share your kingdom
And your feast.

4. Spirit,
Draw me ever deeper –
Deep into your soul,
So I may share your sighing
Without cease.

References

1. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe! (John 20:27; NLT).

My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death (Mark 14:34; NIV).

If we endure hardship, we will reign with him (2 Timothy 2:12; NLT).

2. Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often (Luke 2:19; NLT).

How my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour! (Luke 1:47; NLT).

A sword will pierce your very soul (Luke 2:35; NLT).

3. The unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart (John 1:18; NLT).

He called you to share in his Kingdom (1 Thessalonians 2:12; NLT).

You prepare a feast for me (Psalm 23:5; NLT).

4. God is Spirit (John 4:24; NLT).

We do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; RSV).

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

We share your beating heart

1. We share your beating heart, Lord God,
Although we may forget;

2. We share, with you, Christ’s mind,
Although we may not grasp this yet.

3. We share his mother’s flesh and blood;
Yet still we may not see:

4. We share your Spirit’s life and breath,
For all are one with Thee.

References

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

Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the Lord your God (Deuteronomy 8:11; NLT).

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

3. Here is your mother (John 19:27; NLT).

I heard what he said, but I did not understand what he meant (Daniel 12:8; NLT).

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

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

The sacred arts

Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples (Luke 11:1; NLT).

1. Teach us, Lord, to pray like you,
Who walked on Jordan’s banks,
So we can practice constantly
The sacred art of thanks.

2. Guide us all to pray like you,
Who saved all those who strayed,
So we can practice constantly
The sacred art of praise.

3. Show us how to pray like you,
Who raised the lifeless boy,
So we can practice constantly
The sacred art of joy.

4. Help us, Lord, to pray like you,
Who gave your flesh and blood,
So we can practice constantly
The sacred art of love.

References

1. Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people
(John 6:11; NLT).

Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NIV).

2. Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth” (Matthew 11:25; NIV).

O God, we […] constantly praise your name (Psalm 44:8; NLT).

3. Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit (Luke 10:21; NLT).

Rejoice always (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

4. Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’” (Matthew 22:37-39; NLT).

Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).