Fresh start

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The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-3; ESV).

1. Every day, my Father,
You make all creation new,
And every day, my Still Small Voice,
You teach me what is true.

2. Every day, my Advocate,
You stand to plead my case,
And every day, my Prince of Peace,
You fill me with your grace.

3. Every day, my Counsellor,
You help me face my fears,
And every day, my Comforter,
You wipe away my tears.

4. Every day, my Lord of lords,
You make me more like you,
And every day, my King of kings,
You heal my spirit, too.

5. Every day, my Holy One,
You give me a new heart,
And every day, Bright Morning Star,
You grant me a fresh start.

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References

1. God in heaven is your spiritual Father (Matthew 23:9; NLT).

He who sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new” (Revelation 21:5; RSV).

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

I, the Lord, speak only what is true (Isaiah 45:19; NLT).

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

If anyone [sins], we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous (1 John 2:1; NLT).

A child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6; NLT).

May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord (2 Peter 1:2; NLT).

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

God will wipe every tear from their eyes (Revelation 7:17; NLT).

4. He is Lord of lords, and King of kings (Revelation 17:14; NKJV).

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).

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

Your strength will be renewed each day like the morning dew (Psalm 110:3; NLT).

5. I am the Lord, your Holy One (Isaiah 43:15; NLT).

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

I, Jesus […] am the bright morning star (Revelation 22:16; NLT).

His mercies begin afresh each morning (Lamentations 3:22; NLT).

Every breath

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Lord,

1. You give me every breath,
From birth, throughout my life,
Till death,

2. So may I never cease to pray,
Rejoice, and thank you
Every day

3. Beneath the shelter of your wings,
Almighty God,
My King of kings.


References

1. The breath of the Almighty gives me life (Job 33:4; NLT).

The Lord gives both life and death (1 Samuel 2:6; NLT).

2.  Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

3.  All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings (Psalm 36:7; NLT).

I am Almighty God (Genesis 17:1; NKJV).

He is Lord of lords, and King of kings (Revelation 17:14; NKJV).

Prince of Peace

 

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He will be called Wonderful Counsellor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
(Isaiah 9:6; NIV).

1. I love you, Lord,
My Counsellor and Friend,
God’s Holy One.

2. I worship you,
My Father and my Guide,
God’s only Son.

3. I praise you, Lord,
Almighty God and King,
Our great High Priest.

4. I rest in you,
My Saviour and my Rock,
The Prince of Peace.


References

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

You are my friends (John 15:15; NLT).

The holy one to be born will be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35; NIV).

2. I worship the Lord (Jonah 1:9; NLT).

He guides me (Psalm 23:3; NLT).

God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him (1 John 4:9; NLT).

3. I praise you, O Lord (Psalm 119:12; NLT).

He is Lord of all lords, and King of all kings (Revelation 17:14; NLT).

We have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God (Hebrews 4:14; NLT).

4. Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1; NLT).

Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord (Luke 2:11; NIV).

They drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ (1 Corinthians 10:4; NIV).

Everything is holy

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Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory 

(Isaiah 6:3; NKJV).

1. All we see is holy,
For God fashions everything;
And all we touch is holy,
For it all belongs to him.

2. All we grow is holy,
For he’s over all he makes;
And all we eat is holy,
For he’s in all he creates.

3. All we use is holy,
For God lives through all there is;
And those we meet are holy,
For all of us are his.

4. All we are is holy,
For he shapes us with his love;
And all we bear is holy,
For the Lord makes all things good.

5. So let us thank the Father:
Give him glory – he is King;
For heaven and earth are holy,
And all things come from him.


References

1. My hands have made both heaven and earth; they, and everything in them are mine. I the Lord, have spoken! (Isaiah 66:2; NLT).

2. There is […] one God and Father, who is over all, and in all…

He declared that every kind of food is acceptable in God’s eyes (Mark 7:19; NLT).

3. …and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

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

4. You are to be holy to me because I, the Lord, am holy (Leviticus 20:26; NIV).

He fashions their hearts individually (Psalm 33:15; NKJV).

I send good times and bad times (Isaiah 45:7; NLT).

Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? (Job 2:10; NIV).

We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28; NIV).

5. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NLT).

Glorify the Lord (Psalm 147:12; NLT).

The Lord is the only true God. He is the living God and the everlasting King! (Jeremiah 10:10; NLT).

A person can receive only what is given them from heaven (John 3:27; NIV).

Bear all God sends

At last, the people will look to their Creator
(Isaiah 17:7; NLT).

1. Bear all God sends
Until life ends,
For when we sigh,
He hears our cry.

2. And though each soul
Has missed its goal,
Our heavenly King
Still waits within.

3. So, face the past,
Then say, at last:
Your kingdom come;
Your will be done.

4. God shares our woes;
His mercy flows:
He will forgive;
Then we will live!


References

1. My sickness is incurable, but I must bear it (Jeremiah 10:19; NLT).

Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? (Job 2:10; NIV).

While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh (2 Corinthians 5:4; NLT).

He hears their cries for help (Psalm 145:19; NLT).

2. Everyone has sinned; we all fall far short of God’s glorious standard (Romans 3:23; NLT).

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

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

3. When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Finally, 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).

At last they will know and understand that I am the Lord (Jeremiah 16:21; NLT).

Your kingdom come, your will be done (Matthew 6:9-10; NIV).

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

In his love and mercy he redeemed them (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

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

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10; NLT).

Courage


Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said.
“Take courage. I am here!” (Matthew 14:27; NLT).

1. Lord,
Please give us courage,
To face all life may bring:
Heartbreak, sickness, hunger,
For you are still our King.

2. Lord,
Please give us courage
To bear all that may come:
Loneliness and worry,
Until this plague is done.

3. Lord,
Please give us courage
To turn to you, and pray,
Trusting in your mercy,
And serving you each day.

4. Lord,
Please give us courage
And hope, for you are great;
Forgive us all our sins,
And help us hold fast to our faith.


References

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

2. This is my intense suffering, but I must bear it (Jeremiah 10:19; CSB).

3. I plead for the Lord’s mercy (Psalm 142:1; NLT).

4. Put your hope in God (Psalm 42:5; NIV).

Having hope will give you courage (Job 11:18; NLT)

I restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts (Isaiah 57:15; NLT).

Hold fast and repent (Revelation 3:3; NKJV).

Habit

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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).

1. Let prayer become my habit, Lord,
Communing with you day and night,
For then I’ll grow more like your Son,
Who came to earth to make us one.

2. Let thanks become my habit, Lord,
Expressed in every circumstance,
For then I’ll grow more like your Christ,
Who came to be our sacrifice.

3. Let joy become my habit, Lord,
Ceaseless, heartfelt, unconfined,
For then I’ll grow more like your King,
Who came to make our spirits sing.

4. Let love become my habit, Lord,
Deep, reflexive, faithful, true,
For then I’ll grow more like your Lamb,
Who cares for all since time began.


References

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

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

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

2. Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin (Romans 3:25; NLT).

3. Rejoice always (1 Thessalonians 5:16; NIV).

I will praise you among the Gentiles; I will sing praises to your name (Romans 15:9; NLT).

4. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love (1 John 4:8; NIV).

John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29; NLT).

Christ cares for the church (Ephesians 5:29; NLT).

We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen (1 John 1:1; NLT).

In human form

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In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form
(Colossians 2:9; NIV).

1. Christ is light in human form:
The light that leads to life.

2. Christ is fire in flesh and blood,
Consuming greed and vice.

3. Christ is truth personified:
As honest as the day.

4. Christ is peace made manifest;
He is our peaceful way.

5. Christ is God incarnate here,
His Spirit, like a dove,

6. Descends from heaven, revealing that
The King of kings is love.


References

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

I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life (John 8:12; NLT).

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

I have come to set the world on fire (Luke 12:49; NLT).

Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables (John 2:15; NLT).

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

Jesus told him, “I am […] the truth” (John 14:6; NLT).

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

The Dayspring from on high has visited us […] to guide our feet into the way of peace (Luke 1:78-9; NKJV).

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

5. Christ is the visible image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15; NLT).

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being
(Hebrews 1:3; NIV).

Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! (John 14:9; NLT).

6. When he had been baptised, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:16-17; NKJV).

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

Perfect love

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1. Father,
Drive out all our fears,
Draw every heart to you,
And fill us with your perfect love
So we will be made new.

2. Father,
Heal our faithlessness,
Forgiving every sin,
And clothe us all in perfect love
For you, our heavenly King.

3. Father,
Bind our souls together
Till we live as one,
Then we will dwell in perfect love,
Becoming like your Son.

References

1. Perfect love drives out fear (1 John 4:18; NIV).

We know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love (Romans 5:5; NLT).

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

2. The Lord says, “Then I will heal you of your faithlessness; my love will know no bounds (Hosea 14:4; NLT).

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

Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony (Colossians 3:14; NLT).

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength (Mark 12:29; NLT).

3. I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love (Colossians 2:2; NLT).

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

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

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).

Help me to face this fear (#2 of 2 linked prayers)

Today’s prayer is similar to yesterday’s. It can be said before facing feared situations,
or repeated whilst experiencing fear or panic.

A child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
(Isaiah 9:6; NLT).

1. Jesus,
Wondrous Counsellor,
You know the cross I bear.

2. Jesus,
Mighty God and King,
You understand, and care.

3. Jesus,
Everlasting Father,
You are always here.

4. Jesus,
Prince of Peace, my Lord:
Please help me face this fear.

References

1. 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).

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

He cares for those who trust in him (Nahum 1:7; NIV).

3. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NKJV).

Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20; NLT).

4. Then I called on the name of the Lord, “Please, Lord, save me!” (Psalm 116:4; NLT).

Come quickly to help me, O Lord, my saviour (Psalm 38:22; NLT).

He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

He helps me (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).