To pray

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1. To pray
Is to live in the Lord,
Day and night.

2. To pray
Is to serve him
And scatter his light.

3. To pray
Is to love all,
Like Jesus, his Son.

4. To pray
Is to join with his Spirit,
As one.

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References

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

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

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

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all” (Mark 9:35; NIV).

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

You are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14; NLT).

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

Love your neighbour as yourself (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Love the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; NKJV).

Show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

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

All glory to him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us (Revelation 1:5; NLT).

4. You have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you (1 John 2:27; NLT).

The person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him (1 Corinthians 6:17; NLT).

There is no path

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1. There is no path like yours, Lord,
And no better way to turn.

2. There is no life like yours, Lord,
And no finer truth to learn.

3. There is no light like yours, Lord,
And no deeper joy to share.

4. There is no grief like yours, Lord,
And no greater cross to bear.

5. There is no peace like yours, Lord,
And no sweeter voice to hear.

6. There is no love like yours, Lord,
And no other god to fear.

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References

1. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21; NIV).

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

3. I am the light of the world (John 8:12; 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).

4. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death” Mark 14:34; NLT).

Whoever does not bear his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple (Luke 14:27; NKJV).

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

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you (John 14:27; NKJV).

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

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

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13; NLT).

I am the Lord your God, and there is no other (Joel 2:27; NKJV).

You must fear the Lord your God and worship him and cling to him (Deuteronomy 10:20; NLT).

Dwell in God’s presence

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1. Dwell in God’s presence,
And walk in his light;
Follow his teaching,
And trust in his might.

2. Grow more like Jesus,
And rest in his peace;
Thank him for everything;
Praise without cease.

3. Pray in the Spirit;
Rejoice in God’s worth –
Then you will be living
In heaven on earth.

 


References

1. The upright shall dwell in your presence (Psalm 140:13; NKJV).

Let us walk in the light of the Lord (Isaiah 2:5; NLT).

Follow in his steps and accept his teaching (Deuteronomy 33:3; NLT).

Trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God (1 Corinthians 2:5; NLT).

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

Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart (John 14:27; NIV).

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NIV).

I will praise the Lord at all times (Psalm 34:1; NLT).

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

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

He alone is your God, the only one who is worthy of your praise (Deuteronomy 10:21; NLT).

Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven (Philippians 1:27; NLT).

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

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

Everything (with thanks to R.O.)

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There is […] one God and Father,
who is over all and in all and living through all
(Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

1. Everything is fashioned
Through God’s Word,

2. So everything is shining
With his light.

3. Everything is dancing
In his fire,

4. For everything is sharing
In his life.

5. Everything is broadcasting
His peace,

6. For everything is given
From above.

7. Everything is brimming
With God’s truth,

8. For everything embodies
His great love.

 


References

1. The heavens were made by the word of the Lord (Psalm 33:6; CSB).

There is only one Lord, Jesus Christ, though whom God made everything (1 Corinthians 8:6; NLT).

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

The Lord will display his glory, the splendour of our God (Isaiah 35:2; NLT).

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

Though the bush was engulfed in flames, it didn’t burn up (Exodus 3:2; NLT).

I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire unharmed! (Daniel 3:25; NLT).

4,8. There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

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

God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross (Colossians 1:20; NLT).

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge (Psalm 19:1-2; NIV).

6. All things come from you (1 Corinthians 29:14; NLT).

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

The meadows are clothed with flocks of sheep, and the valleys are carpeted with grain. They all shout and sing for joy! (Psalm 65:13; NLT).

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

Always before me

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You go before me (Psalm 139:5; NLT).

1. Lord,
May your pattern
Be always before me,
Helping me face
All my tears.

2. Lord,
May your courage
Be always before me,
Helping me face
All my fears.

3. Lord,
May your patience
Be always before me,
Helping me face
All my pain.

4. Lord,
May your Spirit
Be always before me,
Lighting my way
With your flame.

 


References

1. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps (1 Peter 2:21; NLT).

While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death (Hebrews 5:7; NLT).

2. Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39; NIV).

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect me and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

3. May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ (2 Thessalonians 3:5; NKJV).

Since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too (1 Peter 4:1; NLT).

4. I will pour out my Spirit upon all people (Joel 2:28; NLT).

The Holy One will be a flame (Isaiah 10:17; NLT).

He lit up the way before me and I walked safely through the darkness (Job 29:3; NLT).

I seek you

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Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed

(Luke 5:16; NIV).

1. I seek you, Lord, in darkness,
The birthplace of your light.
This is where I want to pray with you
Throughout each night.

2. I seek you in the mountains,
The bedrock of your faith.
This is where I want to pray with you
And grow in grace.

3. I seek you in the desert,
The wellspring of your peace.
This is where I want to pray with you
And never cease.

4. I seek you in my mind and heart,
My soul, my bones, my blood.
This is where I want to pray with you,
And learn to love.

 


References

1. He prayed to God all night (Luke 6:12; NLT).

I am the light of the world (John 8:12; NLT).

2. Jesus went up on a mountain to pray (Luke 6:12; NLT).

Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18; NIV).

3. He departed thence in a boat, into a desert place (Matthew 13:14; WEB).

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

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

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

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

Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong (Ephesians 3:17; NLT).

My mind rises up

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1. My mind rises up
Like a kite, Lord, in prayer,
Flying, though tethered to earth —

One with the mountains,
The valleys and seas;
One with the world of my birth.

2. My heart rises up
Like a seed, Lord, in prayer,
Drifting on delicate wings —

One with the sunshine,
The breeze and the clouds;
One, Lord, with all living things. 

3. My soul rises up
Like a bird, Lord, in prayer,
Soaring to heaven above —

One with the angels,
The quick and the dead,
And one with you, Father, in love.

 

May your Spirit fall

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I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised

(Luke 24:49; NLT).

1. Lord,
May your Spirit fall on us
Like dew;
Or like a welcome breeze,
Or tiny spark.

2. Lord,
May your Spirit fall on us
Like rain;
Or like a shining cloud,
Or rainbow arc.

3. Lord,
May your Spirit fall on us
Like fire;
Or like a sudden storm,
Or cry of love.

4. Lord,
May your Spirit fall on us
Like light;
Or like a gentle whisper,
Or a dove.

 


References

1. The Holy Spirit fell on them (Acts 11:15; NLT).

I will be to Israel like a refreshing daw falling from heaven (Hosea 14:5; NLT).

2. Let my words fall like rain on tender grass (Deuteronomy 32:2; NLT).

A bright cloud overshadowed them (Matthew 17:5; NLT).

I have placed my rainbow in the clouds (Genesis 9:13; NLT).

3. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:3-4; NLT).

Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting (Acts 2:2; NLT).

Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last (Luke 23:46; NLT).

4. The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you (Luke 1:35; NLT).

Your life-giving light will fall like dew on your people (Isaiah 26:19; NLT).

After the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper (1 Kings 19:12; NLT).

As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove (Mark 1:10; NLT).

It’s four in the morning

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1. It’s four in the morning.
I’m here, all alone,
Waiting for you, Lord,
To speak.

2. This is my desert.
This is my rest.
You are the pathway
I seek.

3. It’s five in the morning.
I’m silent and still,
Longing to gaze
On your face.

4. This is my wasteland.
This is my peace.
You are the Spirit
Of grace.

5. It’s six in the morning.
I lie in the dark,
Yearning to witness
Your light.

6. This is my wilderness.
This is my joy.
You are the fountain
Of life.

 


References

1. For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence (Psalm 62:5; ESV).

2. [Jesus] departed thence in a boat, into a desert place apart (Matthew 13:14; WEB).

Jesus said, “Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

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

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

Be still in the presence of the Lord (Psalm 37:7; NLT).

When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied (Psalm 17:15; NLT).

4. I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland (Isaiah 43:20; NIV).

My peace I give you (John 14:27; NIV).

I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace (Zechariah 12:10; NKJV).

5. I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night (Psalm 63:6; NLT).

The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine (Isaiah 9:2; NLT).

6. Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer (Luke 5:16; NLT).

I will go to the altar of God, to God – the source of all my joy (Psalm 43:4; NLT).

You are the fountain of life (Psalm 36:9; NLT).

Anger


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Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires
(James 1:20; NLT).

1. Anger is so dangerous:
It makes me think I should proceed
To voice my hasty judgements,
Though I crush the weakest reed.

2. Anger is so damaging:
It makes me feel I have a right
To vent my heedless blame,
Though I put out a dying light.

3. Help me, Lord, to curb my tongue,
My rash assumptions, too,
Then I’ll treat everyone with love,
And grow much more like you.

 


References

1. Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: you must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires (James 1:19-20; NLT).

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

He will not crush the weakest reed (Matthew 12:20; NLT).

2. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you (Luke 6:37; NLT).

He will not […] put out a flickering candle (Matthew 12:20, NLT).

3. If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless (James 1:26; NLT).

Fools base their thoughts on foolish assumptions (Ecclesiastes 10:13; NLT).

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

Love your neighbour as yourself (Matthew 22:39; NLT).

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