May I love

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There is […] one God and Father,
who is over all and in all and living through all

(Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

1. May I love each child, Lord God,
Because they are your cradle.

2. May I love each neighbour, Lord,
Because they are your home.

3. May I love each stranger, Lord,
Because they are your temple.

4. May I love each enemy,
Because they are your throne.

5. May I love you, Father God,
Because you make and keep me.

6. May I love you, Jesus Christ,
Because you cleanse my sin.

7. May I love you, Holy Ghost,
Because you never leave me;

8. And may I even love my self –
Because you dwell within.

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love
(Galatians 5:6; NIV).

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References

1. Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me (Matthew 18:5; NLT).

Jesus, […] though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men (Philippians 2:5-7; ESV).

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

Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them” (John 14:23; NLT).

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

Show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

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

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

He loves all his people (Deuteronomy 33:3; NLT).

5. You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength,
and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Your hands shaped me and made me (Job 10:8; NIV).

The Lord keeps me alive! (Psalm 54:4; NLT).

6. Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you (John 21:17; NLT).

I will cleanse them of their sins (Jeremiah 33:8; NLT).

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

I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, [Comforter, Encourager, Counsellor] who will never leave you (John 14:16; NLT).

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

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

Love

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

1. God, our Father,
You are love,
Living in all you make.

2. Christ, our Saviour,
You are love,
Suffering for our sake.

3. Holy Spirit,
You are love,
Waiting in every soul.

4. Lord,
You are unfailing love,
Longing to make us whole.

His hands make whole (Job 5:18; NKJV).

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References

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

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

I am the Lord, who made all things (Isaiah 44:24; NLT).

2. We are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Saviour (Philippians 3:20; NLT).

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10; NIV).

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

Though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor (2 Corinthians 8:9; NIV).

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

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

4. The Lord our God is one Lord (Deuteronomy 6:4; RSV).

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

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

Upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5; RSV).

You love me

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1. You love me,
And I love you:
Love is all I need to do.

2. I love you,
And you love me:
Love is all I need to be.

3. We’re united, Lord,
As one:
Father, Holy Spirit, Son.

4. We’re united
Through and through:
You in me, and I in you.


References

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

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

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6; NIV).

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

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

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

Shalom (peace)

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He is our shalom (Ephesians 2:14; HNV).

1. To say: I love you, Father,
Is the same as: You love me,
Since time began.

2. To say: I love you, Jesus,
Is the same as: You love me,
Dear Son of Man.

3. To say: I love you, Spirit,
Is the same as: You love me,
For I’m your home.

4. To say: I love you, God of Peace,
Is just the same as: You love me,
Shalom!

 


References

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

The Father himself loves you dearly (John 16:26; NLT).

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

2. The Son of Man is Lord (Matthew 12:8; NLT).

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

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

4. The God of peace will be with you (Philippians 4:9; NLT).

He is our shalom (Ephesians 2:14; HNV).

Thank you, Lord


1. Thank you, Lord, for your creation
Of the heavens and the earth.

2. Thank you for your incarnation,
For your advent, and your birth.

3. Thank you, Lord, for your atonement,
Purchased with your final breath.

4. Thank you for your resurrection,
So we, too, can rise from death.

5. Thank you, Lord, for your ascension;
Your salvation makes us whole.

6. Thank you for your Holy Spirit,
Sent to fill each heart and soul.

7. Thank you, Lord, for your communion
With us every night and day.

8. Thank you for your constant presence,
As we walk your narrow way.


References

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

2. The Word became human and made his home among us (John 1:14; NLT).

3. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood (Romans 3:25; NIV).

4. Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25; NLT).

5. The same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself (Ephesians 4:10; NLT).

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

7. Be sure of this: I am with you always (Matthew 28:20; NLT).

8. Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

Empty

1. Father God,
I want to pray,
But my mind is empty.

2. Father God,
I want to pray,
But nothing’s in my heart.

3. Father God,
I want to pray,
But my soul is silent.

4. Holy Sprit,
Sigh for me,
And pray on my behalf.


References

1. We do not know how to pray as we ought (Romans 8:26; NRSV).

2. His heart became numb (Genesis 45:26; ESV).

3. Toward God my soul is silent (Psalm 62:1; YLT).

4. The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; RSV).

Waiting

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

Keep on seeking and you will find (Luke 11:9; NLT). 

1. Your sacred lamp
Burns low in us,
Just waiting to be seen;

2. Your blissful peace
Endures in us,
Though trouble reigns supreme.

3. Your joyous truth
Survives in us,
Just waiting to be known;

4. Your perfect love
Stands by in us
To change our hearts of stone.

5. Your glowing embers
Stir in us,
Just waiting to ignite;

6. Your precious Son
Remains in us
To guide, and to delight.

7. Your Holy Ghost
Marks time in us,
Just waiting to appear;

8. Your still, small voice
Sighs in us, Lord –
If only we would hear.


References

1. God is light (1 John 1:5; NLT). 

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

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

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

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

I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26; NIV).

5. The Lord your God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV). 

6. Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

I will remain in you (John 15:4; NLT).

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

8. After the fire [came] a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; NKJV).

The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; NRSV).

Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts  (Hebrews 4:7; NLT).

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).