Love without limit

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1. If we love without limit,
Praise God without cease,
And pray without end,
We will radiate peace.

2. If we lend without grudging,
Donate without gain,
And serve without pay,
We will set hearts aflame.

3. If we help without taking,
Give debtors release,
And forgive those who hurt us,
Our joy will increase.

References

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

Praise God (Psalm 68:26; NLT).

Never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NLT).

May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord (2 Peter 1:2; NLT).

2. Good comes to those who lend money generously (Psalm 112:5; NLT).

God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7; NIV).

We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty (Luke 17:10; NLT).

Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us? (Luke 24:32; NLT).

3. If you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! (Luke 6:33; NLT).

Lend […] without expecting to be repaid (Luke 6:35; NLT).

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).

The humble also shall increase their joy in the Lord (Isaiah 29:19; NKJV).

Asking and listening

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Lord,

1. May my prayers
Be less about asking,
And more about listening;

2. My worship
Less about speaking,
And more about waiting;

3. My witness
Less about talking,
And more about loving;

4. And my life
Less about wanting,
And more about giving.

References

1. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him (Matthew 6:8; NIV).

O that today you would listen as he speaks! (Hebrews 4:7; NET).

2. For God alone my soul waits in silence (Psalm 62:1; NIV).

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

3. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples (John 13:35; NLT).

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

4. God loves a person who gives cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7; NLT).

Blessed are those who are generous (Proverbs 22:9; NLT).

Darkness (#1 of 2 linked prayers)


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

Pray about everything (Philippians 4:6; NLT).
Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge (Psalm 62:8; NLT).
You desire honesty from the womb (Psalm 51:6; NLT).

1. I have nothing to offer
But darkness.

2. Nothing to give
But my tears.

3. Nothing to say, Lord,
But: Help me.

4. Nothing to share
But my fears.

References

1. You have taken away my companions and my loved ones. Darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88:18; NLT).

2. You have fed us with sorrow and made us drink tears by the bucketful (Psalm 80:5; NLT).

3. I am in trouble, Lord. Help me! (Isaiah 38:14; NLT).

4. Fear and trembling overwhelm me (Psalm 55:5; NLT).

Like you

Lord,

1. Help me not to sin,
But to serve others;

2. Help me not to hate,
But to forgive.

3. Help me not to dominate,
But listen;

4. Help me not to take, Lord,
But to give.

5. Help me not to injure,
But to comfort;

6. Help me not to damage,
But renew.

7. Help me not to fear,
But speak out boldly —

8. For then I will grow more and more
Like you.

References

1. Even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others (Mark 10:45; NLT).

2. When they came to the place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross [and] Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:33-4; NLT).

3. You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry (James 1:19; NLT).

4. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35; NLT).

5. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us (2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT).

6. Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes (Ephesians 4:23; NLT).

7. God gave us the courage to declare his Good News to you boldly, in spite of great opposition (1 Thessalonians 2:2; NLT).

8. We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

Distress

My sins pile up so high I can’t see my way out (Psalm 40:12; NLT).

1. Father,
You forgive my sins
As soon as I confess,
But I cannot forgive myself,
So I am in distress.

2. Father,
You wipe out my sins
Once I have made amends;
But I cannot forgive myself,
For I have hurt my friends.

3. Father,
You forget my sins;
You’re merciful and kind;
But I cannot forgive myself,
Or leave them far behind.

4. Father,
You remove my sins;
You love to heal, and give;
Please help me to forgive myself,
Then I’ll be free to live.

References

1. He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:3; NLT).
I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone (Psalm 32:5; NLT).
I know my transgressions and my sin is always before me (Psalm 51:3; NIV).

2. The blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7; NLT).
If you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God (Matthew 5:23-4; NLT).

3. I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins (Jeremiah 31:34; NLT).
How kind the Lord is! How good he is! So merciful, this God of ours! (Psalm 11:6; NLT).

4. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12; NLT).
He heals the brokenhearted (Psalm 147:3; NIV).
He sets the prisoners free and gives them joy (Psalm 68:6; NLT).
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10; NIV).

Teach me

1. Teach me, Lord,
What you want me to learn,
And show me
All that you want me to see.

2. Tell me, Lord,
What you want me to give,
And help me
To have life abundantly.

3. Teach me, Lord,
What you want me to know,
And show me
All that you want me to do.

4. Tell me, Lord,
What you want me to say,
And help me
To grow more and more like you.

References

1. Teach me your ways, O Lord (Psalm 86:11; NLT).

2. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly (John 10:10; NRSV).

3. Show me the right path, O Lord (Psalm 25:4; NLT).

4. We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).