Who knows?

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1. Who knows what I will see
And hear today?

2. Who knows what tests I’ll meet
Along my way?

3. Who knows what joys or sorrows
Will draw near?

4. Who knows when death will come?
Yet I’ll not fear!

5. Who knows what I will think,
Or say, or do?

6. Who knows all those I’ll meet,
And loves them, too?

7. Who knows what bliss or pain
This day will bring?

8. Who knows when death will come?
None but my King!

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References

1. Keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return (Matthew 25:13; NLT).

2. 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).

3. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? (Job 2:10; NIV).

I am the one who wounds and heals (Deuteronomy 32:39; NLT).

4. I am an old man and don’t know the day of my death (Genesis 27:2; NIV).

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

5. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:4; NIV).

You, Lord, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you (Psalm 69:5; NIV).

6. Love the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; NKJV).

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

7. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).

8. No one knows the day or the hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows (Mark13:32; NLT).

There is no God but me, a righteous God and Saviour. There is none but me (Isaiah 45:21; NLT).

God [is] the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings (1 Timothy 6:15; NIV).

I can do all things

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1. I can do all things though Christ,
Who strengthens me each day;
Who hears my voice,
And answers me,
And helps me when I stray.

2. I can do all things through Christ,
Who shares my heavy load;
Who hears my prayers,
And teaches me,
And guides me on his road.

3. I can do all things through Christ,
Who helps me face each fear;
Who hears my cries,
And comforts me,
For he is always near.


References

1. I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13; NKJV).

He hears my voice and my prayer for mercy (Psalm 116:1; NLT).

I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain (Psalm 3:4; NIV).

He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

2. In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows (Isaiah 53:4; NKJV).

He hears the prayers of the righteous (Proverbs 15:29; NLT).

You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am (John 13:13; RSV).

He guides me along right paths (Psalm 23:3; NLT).

3. I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me (Psalm 120:1; NIV).

He hears their cries for help and rescues them (Psalm 145:19; NLT).

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

In everything

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

1. Lord,
You are in everything around us:
All we touch, and taste,
And hear, and see.

2. Lord,
You live in everyone beyond us:
Each neighbour, stranger,
Those from whom we flee.

3. Lord,
You dwell in everything above us:
Every star and planet,
Moon, and sun.

4. Lord,
You are for evermore within us:
In exile, then in heaven,
When life is done.


References

1. Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it! (Genesis 28:16; NLT).

Taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8; NLT).

2. Love your neighbour as yourself (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Love the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; NKJV).

Love your enemies! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

3. Our God is in the heavens (Psalm 115:3; NLT).

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

He will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6; NIV).

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

You alone are the God who is in heaven (2 Chronicles 20:6; NLT).

One with God

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1. You watch us, Lord;
We watch for you.

2. You long for us;
We long for you.

3. You wait for us;
We wait for you.

4. You hear our voice,
And we hear you.

5. You love us, Lord,
And we love you.

6. You share our pain;
We share yours, too.

7. You live in us;
We live in you.

8. You’re one with us;
We’re one with you.


References

1I will advise you and watch over you (Psalm 32:8; NLT).

Don’t let him find you sleeping when he arrives without warning […] Watch for him! (Mark 13:36-7; NLT).

2The Lord longs to be gracious to you (Isaiah 30:18: NIV).

As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God (Psalm 42:1; NET).

3. The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

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

4. He hears my voice (Psalm 116:1; NLT).

God speaks again and again (Job 33:14; NLT).

5. He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

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

6. In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

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).

Jesus told them, “You will indeed drink from my bitter cup” Matthew 20:23; NLT).

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

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

Help me to face this task (#1 of 2 linked prayers)

Today’s prayer can be said repeatedly both before, and whilst, facing any task we find hard.

A child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
(Isaiah 9:6; NLT).

1. Jesus,
Wondrous Counsellor,
You care for me each day.

2. Jesus,
Mighty God and King,
You hear me when I pray.

3. Jesus,
Everlasting Father,
Grant me what I ask:

4. Jesus,
Prince of Peace, my Lord,
Please help me face this task.

References

1. He cares for those who trust in him (Nahum 1:7; NIV).

2. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us (1 John 5:14; NIV).

3. Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for (Matthew 7:7; NLT).

Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours (Mark 11:24; NIV).

4. “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28; NLT).

Come quickly to help me, O Lord, my saviour (Psalm 38:22; NLT).

He helps me (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

Compared to you

1. Lord,
Compared to you
We’re drops of rain;

2. Stars in the sky;
Fragments of sand,
Or dust.

3. And yet,
Your word is true:
You share our pain,

4. Hearing each sigh,
Holding each hand –
We trust.

References

1. “To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One (Isaiah 40:25; NLT).

God sits above the circle of the earth. The people below seem like grasshoppers to him! (Isaiah 40:22; NLT).

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

3. Every word of God proves true (Proverbs 30:5; NLT).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

4. You hear my every sigh (Psalm 38:9; NLT).

I hold you by your right hand – I, the Lord your God (Isaiah 41:13; NLT).

We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love (1 John 4:16; NLT).