I follow you

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).

I follow you
As best I can: Jesus Christ,
My Shepherd King.

I praise your name,
And worship you: Jesus Christ,
To whom I cling.

I trust in you,
And want to serve: Jesus Christ,
Though I’m so small.

I offer you my love,
My life: Jesus Christ,
My All in All.

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Christ is all, and is in all (Colossians 3:11; NIV).

 


Living within

I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper
(Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor-Counsellor, Strengthener, Standby),
to be with you forever (John 14:16; AMP). 

Lord,
You’re my Maker,
And I’m only dust,
Yet you are my Comforter,
Living within.

Lord,
You’re my Ruler,
And I’m only sin,
Yet you are my Advocate,
Praying within.

Lord,
You’re my Master,
And I’m only clay,
Yet you are my Counsellor,
Guiding within.

Lord,
I am nothing,
Yet you are my King,
My Strength, my Encourager,
Loving within.

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We know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

Your immortal spirit is in every one of them.
(Wisdom of Solomon 12:1; GNTA).

 


Like God, like me

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

He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have.
(Romans 8:3; NLT).

Like God, like me,
But free from sin,

Living, loving,
Deep within,

Jesus Christ,
My Shepherd King:

You make my soul
Rejoice and sing!

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My lips shall shout for joy!
My soul, which you have redeemed, sings praises to you!
(Psalm 71:23; HNV).

 


Whatever I must face

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

You must grow in the grace and knowledge
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
(2 Peter 3:18; NLT).

Lord,
Whatever I must I face,
I want to grow in truth and grace;
To shine your light in every place:
I love you. 

Lord,
Whatever comes each day,
I want to take your selfless way;
To thank you, praise, rejoice, and say:
I love you.

Lord,
Whatever life may bring,
I want to follow you, my King;
To worship you, exalt, and sing:
I love you.

Lord,
Whatever I must bear,
I want to serve you everywhere;
To bear my cross, and still declare:
I love you. 

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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).

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).


Healing (for R.B.)

The Lord is King forever and ever!
(Psalm 10:16; NLT). 

1. The Lord is King of heaven and earth,
Yet stoops to offer us his love.

2. His Son is here, in everyone,
Ready to teach us what is good.

3. His Holy Spirit waits in all
To heal in flesh, mind, heart, and soul.

4. He longs for us to turn to him;
His one desire: to make us whole.

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His hands make whole
(Job 5;18; NHEB).


References

1. O Lord, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is in heaven. You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth (2 Chronicles 20:6; NLT).

He stoops to look down on heaven and on earth (Psalm 113:6; NLT). 

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

2. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect (Romans 12:2; NLT).

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

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

Think of it – the Lord is ready to heal me! (Isaiah 38:20; NLT). 

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


 

You are the potter

We are the clay, and you are the potter.
We all are formed by your hand
(Isaiah 64:8; NLT). 

You are the potter,
I, the clay.
You are my life, my truth,
My way;

My flesh, my mind,
My heart, my soul:
You are the One
Who makes me whole.

You are my breath,
My hope, my end:
My Shepherd King;
My steadfast Friend.

You are my crook,
My staff, my rod;
My light, my fire,
My peace: my God.

Yet we are one,
Our love, complete:
I lay my spirit
At your feet.

❤️

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


One God

“I am the only God,” says the Lord
(Isaiah 43:12; NLT).

1. Jehova Elohim:
The Lord –
One God, with many names.

2. Jehova Sabaoth:
The Lord of Hosts;
The One who reigns.

3. Jehovah Jireh:
God supplies our needs
From heaven above.

4. Jehova Raah:
The Shepherd King,
Who leads us with his love.

5. El Roi:
The God who sees us,
And knows everything we bear.

6. El Shama:
He who hears our cries,
And answers every prayer.

7. Jehova Rapha:
God who heals –
Our Comforter, and Friend.

8. Jehova Shammah:
Always there –
Our source, our life, our end.

The dust returns to the ground it came from,
and the spirit returns to God who gave it
(Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).


References

1. Jehova Elohim: Sovereign Lord (plural in form, but understood in the singular)

2. Jehovah Sabaoth: The Lord of Hosts

3. Jehovah Jireh: The Lord Will Provide

4. Jehovah Raah: The Lord My Shepherd

5. El Roi: The God who sees me

6. El Shama: He is a God who listens

7. Jehovah-Rapha: The Lord That Heals

8. Jehovah-Shammah: The Lord Is There

Unite with Christ (for A.K.)

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Everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him (Philippians 3:8-9; NLT).

1. Unite with Christ,
The Lord of lords,
And with all those
Who offer prayer.

2. Unite with Christ,
The Son of Man,
And with all those
Who love, and care.

3. Unite with Christ,
The King of kings,
And with all those
In want, and fear.

4. Unite with Christ,
The Son of God,
And with all those
Who suffer here.

May the Lord make your love for one another
and for all people grow and overflow
(1 Thessalonians 3:12; NLT).

🤎


References

1. They all met together and were constantly united in prayer (Acts 1:14; NLT).

2. Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).

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

4. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one – as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me (John 17:21-3; NLT).

King of kings (#2 of 2 linked prayers)

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Notice how God is both kind and severe
(Romans 11:22; NLT).

1. Righteous, raging,
King of kings:
You, alone,
Deserve my praise.

2. Jealous, judging,
Lord of lords:
You, alone,
Allot my days.

3. Watchful, wrathful,
God of gods:
You, alone,
Are just, and good.

4. Vengeful, zealous,
First and Last:
You, alone,
Are fire, and love.

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

🖤


References

1. There is no God but me, a righteous God and Saviour (Isaiah 45:21; NLT).

O Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your rage (Psalm 6:1; NLT).

God [is] the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings (1 Timothy 6:15; NIV).

2. God is jealous (Nahum 1:2; NKJV).

The Lord judges the great people of the world and brings them all to nothing (Isaiah 40:23; NLT).

The Lord your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords (Deuteronomy 10:17; NLT).

3. God is always watching them (Job 24:23; NLT).

At his wrath the earth will tremble, and the nations will not be able to endure his indignation (Jeremiah 10:10; NKJV).

The Lord your God is the God of gods (Deuteronomy 10:17; NLT).

The Lord is just! (Psalm 92:15; NLT).

Only God is truly good (Mark 10:8; NLT).

4. The Lord is a jealous God, filled with vengeance and rage (Nahum 1:2; NLT).

I will be zealous for my holy name (Ezekiel 39:25; NIV).

I am the First and the Last; there is no other God (Isaiah 44:6; NLT)

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

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

King of kings (#1 of 2 linked prayers)

Image: Rui Silva sj, Unsplash


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Notice how God is both kind and severe
(Romans 11:22; NLT).

1. Matchless, mighty,
King of kings,
I worship you –
Please hear my sighs.

2. Peerless, perfect,
Lord of lords,
I honour you –
Please hear my cries.

3. Sacred, spotless,
God of gods,
I trust in you –
Please hear my call.

4. Flawless, faithful,
First and Last,
I bow to you,
Who loves us all.

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

🤎


References

1. You, O Lord are supreme over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods (Psalm 97:9; NLT).

God is mighty (Job 36:5; NLT).

God [is] the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings (1 Timothy 6:15; NIV).

2. I am the Lord; there is no other God (Isaiah 45:5; NLT).

Your heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NIV).

He is Lord of lords (Revelation 17:14; NKJV).

3. Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory (Isaiah 6:3; NIV).

It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God (1 Peter 1:19; NLT).

The Lord your God is the God of gods (Deuteronomy 10:17; NLT).

4. The Lord’s word is flawless (2 Samuel 22:31; NIV).

God is faithful (1 Corinthians 10:13; NLT).

I am the First and the Last; there is no other God (Isaiah 44:6; NLT).