My prayers

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

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

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.



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.


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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We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory,
are being transformed into his image
(2 Colossians 3:18; NIV).

1. Unveil your eyes
And all your sins,
Then wait on me in silence.

2. Unveil your mind
And all your thoughts,
Then wait upon my grace.

3. Unveil your heart
And all your words,
Then wait for my forgiveness.

4. Unveil your soul
And all your deeds,
Then you will see my face.


1. Wait on the Lord (Psalm 27:14; NKJV).

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

2. We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5; NIV).

My grace is all you need (2 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

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

He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:2; NLT).

4. Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).


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May I find the balance, Lord,
As I relate to you –
To speak, but also listen,
For we are not one, but two.

May I talk things through with you,
As we share every day;
Then spend a while in silence 
When there’s nothing more to say.

Thus, may we live together,
Dearest Father, Spirit, Son, 
Rejoicing in communion –
For we are not two, but one. 



Now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God (Romans 5:11; NLT).

As for me, I would speak directly to the Almighty (Job 13:3; NL).

Listen to his voice (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

God talks with man (Deuteronomy 5:24; DBY).

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NLT).

The godly will live in your presence (Psalm 140:13; NLT).

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all (2 Corinthians 13:14; NKJV).

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


Prayer: five steps toward God



God gives us prayer so that we can communicate with him, and he with us. There are five main ways of praying:

Speaking: Using words to talk to God. 

Listening: Being silent, so we can hear God’s voice.

Conversing: Having an ongoing, two-way dialogue with God.

Communing: Letting words go, dwelling in God’s presence.

Uniting: Experiencing oneness with God.

Each of these ways of praying has its part to play in helping us draw closer to God. They form a series of steps towards him, through which our relationship gradually becomes more intimate. Let’s consider them briefly, one at a time.


1. Speaking 

We begin with the most basic kind of prayer: speaking. Here we use words, either aloud, or in our heads, to talk to God. In this way, we can, for example, praise or thank him, ask for his help or forgiveness, pray for others, and forgive those who hurt us. Spoken prayers may be very brief, whilst we are busy, or longer, during times set aside for the purpose. Spoken prayers can also be shared with other people, for example, at home, with friends, online, or during church services.

With practice, we can develop the habit of speaking to God fairly constantly whilst going about our daily lives. This helps us to become aware of, and to share with him, the stream of unbidden thoughts, temptations, emotions and fantasies which continually rise into consciousness from our shadow selves. Only by recognising these aspects of ourselves can we incorporate them into our spoken prayers, and share them honestly with God, as he desires.

However, although there is a lot to be learned about ourselves through spoken prayer, we will not discover much about God if we do all the talking. So, in order to progress towards a deeper relationship with him, we must add the second step, by beginning to listen. 


2. Listening 

Learning to listen to God means setting aside time to be alone with him, in silence and stillness. During these periods we practice fixing our minds, hearts and souls on him as steadily as possible. Keeping our own words to a minimum, we wait to discover what he wants to say to us. This process is often known as contemplation.

As we listen for God’s voice, our internal stream of thoughts, feelings and fantasies inevitably continues. I have already written about how we can handle these aspects of ourselves, some of which can be very challenging. If you would like to read the relevant posting, please click on this link:


3. Conversing

Over time, the twin processes of talking and listening to God evolve into an ongoing, two-way conversation, and this forms our third step towards him. Day and night we are, to a greater or lesser extent, aware of his presence, and our dialogue continues, no matter what else is happening around us. 


4. Communing 

As our relationship with God deepens though this constant conversation, we reach the next step in prayer: communing. This is the point at which words become inadequate, and unnecessary. Letting them go, we pass beyond them to spend time with God in silent togetherness. To begin with, this is most likely to happen during contemplation, but as we progress, it can occur at any time, as long as we remain aware of God’s presence.


5. Uniting

Beyond the stage of togetherness, there is one more step we can take during our time on earth. Here we unite with God, experiencing an indescribable oneness with him, though of course, we are always one with God, whether we are aware of it or not. In life, we generally have to return to the demands of everyday life after each such experience. After death, however, this state is changeless, timeless, and eternal.



Although they can be separately described, these five ways of praying work best in combination. As each new step is combined with those that came before, our intimacy with God becomes broader, deeper, more honest, and more continuous. This, I believe, is what Saint Paul was referring to when he encouraged us to “Pray constantly.”



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

We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5; NLT).

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

Listen to his voice (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT). 

When you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private (Matthew 6:6; NLT).

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

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

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

God talks with man (Deuteronomy 5:24; DBY).

You are close beside me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

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

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


Cleanse my heart

You must be compassionate, just as your
Father is compassionate (Luke 6:36; NLT). 

Cleanse my heart, Lord, 
So that I
May care for you
In those who sigh. 

Mend my heart, Lord,
So that I
May comfort you 
In those who cry. 

Heal my heart, Lord,
So that I
May watch with you
In those who die. 

Fill my heart, Lord, 
So that I
May be more like you,
Christ, on high. 



If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness (1 John 1:9; NLT).

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace (Romans 15:13; NLT).

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

Mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15; NRSV).

[God] comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God (2 Corinthians 1:4; NIV).

My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me (Mark 14:34; NLT).  

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