Guilt (#2 of 2 linked prayers)

1. At last! I’ve grasped
A fundamental truth:
There’s no need to feel guilty
All the time
For praying, Lord,
However I can manage.

2. There are no other words
That I should say.
All you ask is that I’m real,
And honest,
For otherwise, Lord,
How can we be one?

3. This truth brings gladness,
Inner peace,
And freedom,
For it shows me
That your kingdom, Lord,
Has come.


References

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

Pray about everything (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

Pour out your heart to him (Psalm 62:8; NLT).

2. You desire honesty from the womb (Psalm 51:6; NLT).

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

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

3. Worship the Lord with gladness (Psalm 100:2; NLT).

I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the gift I give is a gift the world cannot give (John 14:27; NLT).

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

Your kingdom come (Luke 11:2; NIV).

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

Guilt (#1 of 2 linked prayers)

1. At last! I’ve grasped
A fundamental truth:
There’s no need
To feel guilty all the time
For being, Lord,
Exactly as I am.

2. There is no other way
That I should be.
All you ask is that I’m real,
And honest,
For otherwise, Lord,
How can we be one?

3. This truth brings gladness,
Inner peace,
And freedom,
For it shows me
That your kingdom, Lord,
Has come.


References

1. Pour out your heart to him (Psalm 62:8; NLT).

2. You desire honesty from the womb (Psalm 51:6; NLT).

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

3. Worship the Lord with gladness (Psalm 100:2; NLT).

I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the gift I give is a gift the world cannot give (John 14:27; NLT).

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

Your kingdom come (Luke 11:2; NIV).

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

Free gifts


Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires
(Psalm 37:4; NLT).

1. God’s love
Is within, for the taking,
His light
Is as free as the air.

2. His peace
Heals each heart that is aching,
His truth
Is both upright and fair.

3. God’s Son
Is his gift of salvation,
His Spirit
Is gracious and sweet.

4. His mercy
Is for all creation,
His joy
Makes our exile complete.


References

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

You are the temple of the living God (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

The teaching of your word gives light (Psalm 119:130; NLT).

2. The Lord blesses them with peace (Psalm 29:11; NLT).

I am the Lord, who heals you (Exodus 15:27; NIV).

He will judge the world with justice, and the nations with his truth (Psalm 96:13; NLT).

3. 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).

May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing (Psalm 143:10; NLT).

4. He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete (John 15:11; NIV).

Dialogue

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The Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8; NLT).

1. Please teach me, Lord, what you require,
So I may do as you desire.

2. “Love me, your neighbours, strangers, foes,
And pray for all, till healing flows.

3. Make no show of faith, or prayer,
But serve me gladly, everywhere.

4. Keep your temper, staying calm;
Forgive all those who hurt and harm.

5. Say, ‘Sorry,’ when you grieve someone,
And make peace, always, if you can.

6. Be honest, kind, and quick to care;
Keen to lend, and give, and share.

7. Above all else, these words are key:
Take up your cross, and follow me!”

8. Thank you, dear Lord; I hear your call;
You are my way, my truth, my all.


References

1. What does the Lord your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the Lord your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul (Deuteronomy 10:12; NLT).

I desire mercy, not sacrifice (Hosea 6:6; NIV).

2. 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 (Mark 12:30-31; NLT).

You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbour’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! (Matthew 5:43-4; NLT).

3. When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others (Matthew 6:6; NIV).

Serve the Lord with gladness (Psalm 100:2; NKJV).

4. In your anger do not sin (Ephesians 4:26; NIV).

Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent (Psalm 4:4; NLT).

Forgive those who sin against you (Matthew 6:14; NLT).

5. If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift (Matthew 5:23-4; NIV).

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God (Matthew 5:9; NIV).

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone (Romans 12:18; NIV).

6. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid (Luke 6:35; NLT).

Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; NIV).

7. Then he 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).

8. Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6; NLT).

Christ is all that matters (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

Don’t force your prayers

1. Don’t force your prayers:
God wants us to be honest,
Telling him exactly
What we need.

2. Don’t force your prayers:
God wants us to speak simply,
So let us always follow
His Son’s lead.

3. Don’t force your prayers:
God wants us to be childlike,
Spontaneous, unceasing,
And unplanned.

4. Don’t force your prayers:
God wants us all to trust him,
For he will always hear,
And understand.

References

1. You desire honesty from the womb (Psalm 51:6; NLT).

Tell God what you need (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

2. When you pray, don’t babble on (Matthew 6:7; NLT).

Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one (Matthew 6:9-13; NLT).

3. Anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it (Mark 10:15; NLT).

Pour out your heart to him (Psalm 62:8; NLT).

Pray about everything (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

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

4. Trust in God and trust also in me (John 14:1; NLT).

The Lord hears my voice (Psalm 55:17; NLT).

He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do (Psalm 33:15; NLT).

Speak the truth in love

What joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt,
whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
(Psalm 32:2; NLT).

1. Let all you say
Be honest:
“Yes, please,”
Or else, “No, thank you.”

2. Let all you say
Be humble:
“I’m sorry,
I was wrong.”

3. Let all you say
Be gentle:
“Don’t worry,
I forgive you.”

4. Let all you say
Be Christ-like:
Speak truth, in love,
Lifelong.

References

1. You desire honesty from the womb (Psalm 51:6; NLT).

Just say a simple yes or no (James 5:12; NLT).

2. Always be humble and gentle (Ephesians 4:2; NLT).

Keep a humble attitude (1 Peter 3:8; NLT).

If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift (Matthew 5:23-4; NIV).

3. When you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins (Mark 11:25; NIV).

Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!” (Matthew 18:21-2; NLT).

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

Let your prayers be honest


1. Let your prayers be honest,
Tell God what you need.

2. Let them all be simple,
Follow Jesus’ lead.

3. Let them be spontaneous,
Share each sin and fear.

4. Let them be unceasing,
For God will always hear.

References

1. You desire honesty from the womb (Psalm 51:6; NLT).

Tell God what you need (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

2. When you pray, don’t babble on as people of other religions do (Matthew 6:7; NLT).

Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one (Matthew 6:9-13; NLT).

3. Pour out your heart to him (Psalm 62:8; NLT).

Pray about everything (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

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

Pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

The Lord hears my voice (Psalm 55:17; NLT).

What is prayer?

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

1. What is prayer?
The Lord our God knows
Every thought we have.

2. What is prayer?
The Lord our God sees
Everything we do.

3. What is prayer?
The Lord our God hears
Every word we say.

4. So prayer is sharing everything
With God,
Along the way.

References

1. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away (Psalm 139:2; NLT).

2. You know everything I do (Psalm 139:3; NLT).

3. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord (Psalm 139:4; NLT).

4. You desire honesty from the womb (Psalm 51:6; NLT).

They will pray day and night, continually (Isaiah 62:6; NLT).

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion (Ephesians 6:18; NLT).

You have shown me the way of life, and you will fill me with the joy of your presence (Acts 2:28; NLT).

My prayers

1. May my prayers
Be honest, Lord.
May I seek you
Ceaselessly,

2. Loving you
With all my strength,
And serving you
Wholeheartedly.

3. May my prayers
Be constant, Lord.
May I see each foe
As friend,

4. Rejoicing in
Your presence, Lord,
And thanking you
For all you send.

 

References

1. You desire honesty from the womb (Psalm 51:6; NLT).

Seek the Lord your God with all your heart and soul (1 Chronicles 22:19; NLT).

2. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him (Luke 4:8; NLT).

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

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

4. His name is the Lord – rejoice in his presence! (Psalm 68:4; NLT).

Be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NLT).

Speak the truth

I love all those
Who speak the truth.

I love all those
Who wear no mask.

I love all those
Who dwell in me.

I love all those
Who face each task

With prayers for help,
So they may serve

With love, in thought,
And word, and deed;

And, whether they
Succeed or fail,

Who try to follow
My Son’s lead.

References

Lord, you are searching for honesty (Jeremiah 6:3; NLT).

We never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed (1 Thessalonians 2:5; NIV).

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

O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help (Psalm 86:5; NLT).

Serve only him (Luke 4:8; NLT).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

Just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him (Colossians 2:6; NLT).

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