May we all repent

Each of you must repent and turn to God, and be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; NLT).

Father,
May we all repent,
And turn to you, our Lord;
Then be baptised
In Jesus’ name,
As he forgives our sin.

Father,
May we all receive
Your gift: the Holy Ghost;
Take up our cross,
And follow Christ,
And try to grow like him.

Father,
May we all give up
Our hateful, selfish ways;
Put others first,
Accept your will,
And serve you all our days.

🖤

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).

My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done (Matthew 26:42; NIV).

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


Fear God (#2 of 2)

Fear him alone (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

Fear God’s awesome fire and strength:
Worship him alone.

Praise God’s gracious mind and heart:
Honour him alone.

Seek God’s faithful love and truth:
Dwell in him alone.

Search God’s endless height and depth:
Trust in him alone.

Share God’s blissful light and peace:
Rest in him alone.

Choose God’s perfect way of life:
Follow him alone.

🖤

God’s way is perfect (2 Samuel 31; NLT). 

Listen! I, the Lord, am giving you a choice between the way that leads to life and the way that leads to death (Jeremiah 21:8; GNT). 

We will follow the Lord our God forever and ever.
(Micah 4:5; NLT).


Testing and temptation

The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him
with all your heart and with all your soul.
(Deuteronomy 13:3; NIV).

When I’m being tested,
May I fear you, Lord, alone.
When I’m feeling tempted,
May I cling to you, alone.

When I’m being tested,
May I serve you, Lord, alone,
And when I’m feeling tempted,
May I follow you, alone.

When I’m being tested,
May I praise you, Lord, alone.
When I’m feeling tempted,
May I worship you, alone.

When I’m being tested,
May I love you, Lord, alone,
And when I’m feeling tempted,
May I trust in you, alone.

🖤

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation.
Afterward they will receive the crown of life
that God has promised to those who love him.
(James 1:12; NLT).

When troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.
For you know that when your faith is tested,
your endurance has a chance to grow.
(James 1:2-3; NLT).

 


I follow 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 follow you
As best I can: Jesus Christ,
My Shepherd King.

I praise your name,
And worship you: Jesus Christ,
To whom I cling.

I trust in you,
And want to serve: Jesus Christ,
Though I’m so small.

I offer you my love,
My life: Jesus Christ,
My All in All.

🖤

Christ is all, and is in all (Colossians 3:11; NIV).

 


Praying for others

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

Lord,

Bless those who follow you today,
And those who don’t;

Those who talk with you,    
And those who won’t;

All those trying to serve,
And those who aren’t;

Those who glimpse your light,
And those who can’t.

🖤

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). 

 


Christmas Day 2021

The star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy (Matthew 2:9-10; NLT).

Keep following Christ’s shining star,
Rejoicing in his precious birth.

Keep thanking God for our great gift:
His Son, sent down to live on earth.

Keep walking in Christ’s humble steps,
Delighting in his narrow way.

Keep serving him the best you can:
Then you will be like him, one day.

✝️

 We will be like him (1 John 3:2; NLT).

 


God of silence

O God, do not be silent!
(Psalm 83:1; NLT). 

God of silence, speak to me:
Tell me where I’m going wrong.

God of stillness, shake me up:
Show me how I need to change.

God of exile, pain, and fear:
Draw my heart to you, in need.

God of darkness, light my way:
I will follow where you lead.

✝️

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

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).

 


Show us your Son


“Mary!” Jesus said. She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!”
(which is Hebrew for “Teacher”).
(John 20:16; NLT). 

Lord,

Show us your Son
Till all of us turn to him.

Show us his fire
Till our icy hearts burn.

Show us his peace
Till all of us trust in him.

Show us his truth
Till our stubborn hearts learn.

Show us his way,
Till all of us follow him.

Show us his love
Till our hearts are made new.

Show us his light
Till all of us worship him.

Show us his life
Till, at last, we see you.

✝️

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).

 


Always with me (#3 of 3)

The Lord is always with me.
(Psalm 16:8; NLT).

Jesus,
You are always with me:
Lord, may I remain in you,
Then you’ll share this fragile body,
And I’ll find my strength in you.

Jesus,
You are always with me:
Lord, may I confide in you,
Then you’ll heal my foolish judgements,
And I’ll grow much more like you.

Jesus,
You are always with me:
Lord, may I hold fast to you,
Then you’ll light my inner darkness,
And I’ll safely follow you.

Jesus,
You are always with me:
Lord, may I love all, like you,
Then we’ll live as one, forever,
You in me, and I in you.

💛

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

You are in me, and I am in you.
(John 14:20; NIV).