Give us this day (for E.)

Give us this day our daily bread.
(Matthew 6:11; KJV).

Lord, 

Give us this day the energy
To do what we must do,
And all the faithfulness we need
To serve and worship you.

Give us this day the honesty
To say what we must say,
And all the inner peace we need
To thank you, praise, and pray.

Give us this day the confidence
To go where we must go,
And all the strength of mind we need
To bless both friend and foe.

Give us this day the fortitude
To face what we must face,
And all the qualities we need
To spread your truth and grace.

Give us this day the constancy
To bear what we must bear,
And all empathy we need
To listen, mourn, and share.

Give us this day the readiness
To follow, as you bid,
And all the love we need, Lord God,
To live as Jesus did.

🖤

It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere.
(Deuteronomy 13:4; NIV). 

As we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world (1 John 4:17; NLT).

 


Whatever I must face

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.
(John 16:33; NLT).

You must grow in the grace and knowledge
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
(2 Peter 3:18; NLT).

Lord,
Whatever I must I face,
I want to grow in truth and grace;
To shine your light in every place:
I love you. 

Lord,
Whatever comes each day,
I want to take your selfless way;
To thank you, praise, rejoice, and say:
I love you.

Lord,
Whatever life may bring,
I want to follow you, my King;
To worship you, exalt, and sing:
I love you.

Lord,
Whatever I must bear,
I want to serve you everywhere;
To bear my cross, and still declare:
I love you. 

🖤

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).

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; 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).


I want to follow you

Jesus called out to them,
“Come, follow me”
(John 8:12; NLT).

Lord,
I want to follow you,
And take your way of love.

Lord,
I want to learn from you,
And choose your path of peace.

Lord,
I want to walk with you,
And share your resting-place.

Lord,
I want to gaze on you,
And see your Father’s face.

💙

Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father!”
(John 14:9; NLT). 


May your way be mine

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). 

Jesus,
May your way
Be mine,
So I can walk with you
Each day,

Jesus,
May your truth
Be mine,
So I can spread your love,
And pray.

Jesus,
May your life
Be mine,
So I can serve you,
Come what may.

Jesus,
May your light
Be mine,
So I can follow,
And obey.

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said,
“I am the light of the world”
(John 8:12; NLT).


Thank you

I will thank the Lord with all my heart 
(Psalm 111:1; NLT). 

Thank you, Lord,
For healing us
In mind and body,
Heart, and soul.

Thank you, Lord,
For waiting all these years
To save,
And make us whole.

Thank you, Lord,
For helping us
To follow you
Through every test.

Thank you, Lord,
For cleansing us,
And promising
Eternal rest.


God’s promise of entering his rest still stands
(Hebrews 4:1; NLT).


May others glimpse your light (#2 of 2 linked prayers)


Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them … “You are the light of the world”
(Matthew 5:1-2,14; NLT).

1. Lord,
May others glimpse your light,

2. Your fire, peace, truth and love
In me,

3. So they will seek you, Lord,
Repent,

4. Take up their cross
And follow thee.

“Come follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men”
(Mark 1:17; BSB).


References

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

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

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

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

God is love (1 John 4:8; NLT).

3. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me (Jeremiah 29:13; NLT).

Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near (Matthew 4:17; NLT).

4. 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).

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The purpose of life

You can make many plans,
but the Lord’s purpose will prevail
(Proverbs 19:21; NLT).

The purpose of life
is to learn from all we experience,
both good and bad;

To take up our cross
and follow Christ,
becoming more like him,

And growing ever closer to God,
until we grasp our oneness with him,
and with all people.

The purpose of life
is to love others,
without exception;

To pray for them, bless them,
and serve them,
however we can,

And to heal those who suffer
in body, or mind,
in heart, or in spirit, or soul.

He sent them out
to tell everyone about the Kingdom of God
and to heal the sick
(Luke 9:2; NLT).

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I’m not fit

I am not fit to stoop down
and untie the thong of his sandals
(Mark 1:7; NASB 1995).

I’m not fit to walk beside you,
Yet I follow, close behind.

I’m not fit to worship you, Lord,
Yet I dare, for you are kind.

I’m not fit to gaze upon you,
Yet I long to see your face.

I’m not fit, Lord, to address  you,
Yet I trust your love and grace.

I’m not fit to touch your sandal,
Yet I dare to kiss your feet.

I’m not fit to be your servant,
Yet I sit with you, and eat.

I’m not fit to ask your help, Lord,
Yet you share my pain and fear.

I’m not fit to have you living in my heart,
Yet you are here.

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


You came to earth

I have come that they may have life,
and have it to the full
(John 10:10; NLT).

You came to earth
To teach us how to live,
And love,
And die.

Your Spirit dwells
Within us, Lord,
And helps us
As we try

To speak the truth with love,
Like you,
And do God’s will
Each day,

By taking up our cross
With joy,
And following
Your way.

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).