Reconnect me (#1 of 2 linked prayers)

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I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb
(Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).

Don’t you realise that all of you together are the temple of God
and that the Spirit of God lives in you?
(1 Corinthians 3:16; NLT).

Lord,

1. Reconnect me
With the mind of Christ,
Then I’ll be perfect.

2. Reconnect me
With his Mother’s love,
Then I’ll be whole.

3. Reconnect me
With your Holy Ghost,
Then I’ll be joyful.

4. Reconnect me
With your presence, Father,
In my soul.

References

1. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5; NKJV).

2. I will give them one heart (Jeremiah 32:39; NLT).

3. We all share the same Spirit 1 Corinthians 12:13; NLT).

4. All who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

All one

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1. Lord,
You’re the Father of Jesus,
The Christ:
And also our Father within.

2. Mary,
Christ’s Mother, the Lady of Grace:
You’re our Mother;
Your children: our kin.

3. Immanuel,
Brother, born here on the earth:
You share in our frail flesh
And blood.

4. Comforter,
Spirit in all humankind:
You make us all one
In your love.

References

1. All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3; NLT).

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

2. God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings favoured woman!” […] You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High” (Luke 1:28,31-2; NLT).

When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home (John 19:26-7; NLT).

3. She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us’ (Matthew 1:23; NLT).

Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother (Mark 3:35; NIV).

It was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters (Hebrews 2:17; NLT).

4. The Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and remind you of all things I said to you (John 14:26; YLT).

“In the last days,” God says, “I will pour out my Spirit upon all people” (Acts 2:17; NLT).

The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you (Romans 8:11; NLT).

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one (John 17:22; NLT).

Holy Spirit

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

Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit
(1 Corinthians 6:19; NLT).

1. Holy Spirit,
Light of God,
Guide us on your narrow way.

2. Holy Spirit,
Fire of God,
Shield us from your wrath today.

3. Holy Spirit,
Truth of God,
Teach us all to hear your voice.

4. Holy Spirit,
Peace of God,
Help us to accept your choice.

5. Holy Spirit,
Love of God,
Keep us always in your hand.

6. Holy Spirit,
Heart of God,
Bring us to your Promised Land.

References

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

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21; NIV).

Do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live (Ephesians 4:30; NLT).

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

Oh that you would hide me in the grave, that you would conceal me until your wrath is past (Job 14:13; NKJV).

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

The Spirit teaches you everything you need to know (1 John 2:27; NLT).

This is why the Holy Spirit says, “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled (Hebrews 3:7-8; NLT).

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

The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord (Job 1:21; NIV).

Let the Holy Spirit guide your lives (Galatians 5:16; NLT).

The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26; NLT).

5. God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind (Job 12:10; NIV).

6. The Sovereign Lord […] will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart (Isaiah 40:10-11; NLT).

He chose the Promised Land as our inheritance (Psalm 47:4; NLT).

Change

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For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage,
so that I could gain Christ and become one with him
(Philippians 3:9; NLT).

1. May we give up our will for yours,
Dear Father;

2. May we change, growing much more like
Your Son;

3. May we be filled
With your most Holy Spirit –

4. Then we will live in you,
Becoming one.

References

1. I want your will to be done, not mine (Luke 22:42; NLT).

2. Change your hearts before the Lord (Jeremiah 4:4; NLT).

The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

3. You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you (Acts 1:8; NLT).

4. All who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one (John 17:22; NLT).

Stardust

1. Lord, you make all things
From nothing,
Then you fashion us
From clay.

2. Lord, you give us
All the world,
And offer us
Your perfect way.

3. Lord, you grant
Your Holy Spirit,
Filling us with love,
And breath.

4. Lord, you send
Your only Son,
So we can share
His life and death.

5. Lord, you dwell
Within our hearts,
To help us learn
What’s really true:

6. Though our bones
Return to stardust,
Every soul
Is one with you.

References

1. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; NLT).

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

2. God blessed [human beings] and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it” (Genesis 1:28; NLT).

God’s way is perfect (2 Samuel 22:31; NLT).

3. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person (Genesis 2:7; NLT).

He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love (Romans 5:5; NLT).

4. God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT).

Then [Jesus] 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).

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

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32; NLT).

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

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

Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:35-8; NLT).

Our soul

We have all been baptised into one body by one Spirit,
and we all share the same Spirit.
(1 Corinthians 12:13; NLT).

Lord, our soul is you within us all (1).

You make us, breathe your soul into us, and give us life (2).

You dwell in us, and we in you, though we may never recognise your presence (3).

When we die, our soul returns to you, though in truth it has never been separated from you, for you are indivisible. The whole of you dwells in every one of us, and never leaves us (4).

No matter what we might prefer to think, we are always united with one another and with you, through Christ, your Son (5).

We do not each have a separate soul, unique to ourselves. There is only one soul, which is your Holy Spirit, shared forever by us all: those not yet born, those who are alive, and those who have died (6).

In the light of our neglected, yet primordial, oneness, and given the extremely serious state of international relations, climate change, and our widespread religious, political and personal inhumanity towards one another, here is today’s prayer:

Help us to grasp our oneness, Lord,
With you,

By loving you
In all creation:

Creatures,
People,

Earth, sky,
And ourselves.

We ask this through
Your dear Son’s name.

Amen (7).

References

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

2. There is a spirit within people, the breath of the Almighty within them (Job 32:8; NLT).

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

In him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28, NIV).

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1; NIV).

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

God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5; NIV).

The Lord is one (Mark 12:29; NIV).

5. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you (John 17:21; NLT).

You are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NLT).

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

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

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).

Those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed […] into immortal bodies (1 Corinthians 15:52-3; NLT).

7. You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength [and] Love your neighbour as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these (Mark 12:30-31; NLT).

Distraught

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

1. Father God, I’m scared –
Help me to trust you.

2. Jesus, help me,
For my faith falls short.

3. Mary, much-loved Mother –
Please support me.

4. Holy Spirit, help me:
I’m distraught.

References

1. Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me (Psalm 55:5; NIV).

Trust in God (John 14;1; NLT).

2. Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief”
(Mark 9:24; NIV).

3. He said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home (John 19:27; NLT).

These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus (Acts 1:14; NKJV).

4. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer (Psalm 4:1; NIV).

My soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord, how long? (Psalm 6:3; NIV).