Consequences (#1 of 2 linked prayers)

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Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ
(Ephesians 5:2; NLT).

1. Consequences flow from all I do, say,
Think, and feel.

2. Every act can wound, or soothe,
Can devastate, or heal.

3. Every word can hurt, or comfort,
Shatter, or restore.

4. Every thought can urge me
To despise, or love still more.

5. Every feeling tells me
To break contact, or renew.

6. Lord, please help me day by day
To grow much more like you.


References

1. They must bear the consequences of their sins, declares the Sovereign Lord (Ezekiel 44:12; NIV).

2. You did not reflect on your actions or think about their consequences (Isaiah 47:7; NLT).

Do everything with love (1 Corinthians 16:14; NLT).

3. What you say flows from what is in your heart (Luke 6:45; NLT).

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

4. Out of the heart come evil thoughts – murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what defile a person (Matthew 15:19-20; NIV).

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged (Luke 6:37; NLT).

Have the same mindset as Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5; NIV).

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

5. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart (Luke 6:45; NLT).

6. O Lord, I cry out to you. I will keep on pleading day by day (Psalm 88:13; 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).

Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him (Colossians 3:10; NLT).

Damaged (#2 of 2 linked prayers)

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Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life
(John 6:54; NIV).

1. Lord, we are
Your intricate creation,
Hurt by life in body
And in mind;

2. Damaged, Lord, in heart,
And soul, and spirit,
Which makes us frail, deaf,
Captive, lame, and blind.

3. But every time we take the Host
You heal us:
Bit by bit
You set us free, dear Lord;

4. And every time we share the Cup
You fill us:
Drop by drop,
Until we are restored.

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References

1. Your hands have made me and fashioned me, an intricate unity (Job 10:8; NKJV).

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

3. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3; NIV).

4. He restores my soul (Psalm 23:3; NKJV).

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Distress

My sins pile up so high I can’t see my way out (Psalm 40:12; NLT).

1. Father,
You forgive my sins
As soon as I confess,
But I cannot forgive myself,
So I am in distress.

2. Father,
You wipe out my sins
Once I have made amends;
But I cannot forgive myself,
For I have hurt my friends.

3. Father,
You forget my sins;
You’re merciful and kind;
But I cannot forgive myself,
Or leave them far behind.

4. Father,
You remove my sins;
You love to heal, and give;
Please help me to forgive myself,
Then I’ll be free to live.

References

1. He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:3; NLT).
I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone (Psalm 32:5; NLT).
I know my transgressions and my sin is always before me (Psalm 51:3; NIV).

2. The blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7; NLT).
If you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God (Matthew 5:23-4; NLT).

3. I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins (Jeremiah 31:34; NLT).
How kind the Lord is! How good he is! So merciful, this God of ours! (Psalm 11:6; NLT).

4. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12; NLT).
He heals the brokenhearted (Psalm 147:3; NIV).
He sets the prisoners free and gives them joy (Psalm 68:6; NLT).
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10; NIV).

Love us, Lord

1. Love us, Lord,
As we love those who hurt us;

2. Forgive us, Lord,
As we forgive them, too.

3. Help us, Lord,
As we help those who hate us;

4. Then we will live in peace, Lord God,
With you.

 

References

1. Love your enemies! (Luke 6:28; NLT).

2. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).

3. Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you (Luke 6:28; NLT).

4. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone (Romans 12:18; NLT).

We have the power

Lord,
We have the power
To establish peace on earth;
But we prefer to hurt and shun,
Forgetting your Son’s birth.

Lord,
We have the power
To abolish war and strife;
But we prefer to fight and win,
Forgetting your Son’s life.

Lord,
We have the power
To protect all who have breath;
But we prefer to dominate,
Forgetting your Son’s death.

Lord,
We have the power
To forgive, and make love reign;
But we prefer to hate,
Forgetting Christ will come again.

Lord,
We have the power
To let go of every grudge;
But we prefer to scorn,
Forgetting Christ will be our judge.

Lord,
We have the power
To perceive his time is near;
So why can’t we accept his call,
And build your kingdom here?

References

He will return from heaven (Acts 1:11; NLT).

The Son of Man will come […] and will judge all people according to their deeds (Matthew 16:27; NLT).

When you see all these things, you can know his return is very near, right at the door (Matthew 24:33; NLT).

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).

The Kingdom of God is already among you [or is within you; or is within your grasp] (Luke 17:21; NLT).

When I’m terrified

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus

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

Father,
When I’m terrified
You carry me all day;
Even when I’m hurt, or trapped,
Your Spirit helps me pray.

Father,
When my world’s upturned
You are my conscious choice;
Even when the future’s bleak,
My soul will still rejoice.

Father,
When disaster strikes
You bring good from all things;
So I will offer thanks to you,
Whatever my life brings.

References

The Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words (Romans 8:26; NLT).

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

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God (Romans 8:28; NRSV).

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you (Deuteronomy 31:8; NLT).

God’s way

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

God’s way is to speak
The truth,

Apologise to those
We hurt,

Forgive all those
Who cause us woe,

And love our neighbour
And our foe.

References

Keep the way of the Lord (Genesis 18:19; NLT).

He had been taught the way of the Lord (Acts 18:25; NLT).

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).

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).

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; NLT).

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