Asking and listening

Photo: Ruth Kirk

Lord,

1. May my prayers
Be less about asking,
And more about listening;

2. My worship
Less about speaking,
And more about waiting;

3. My witness
Less about talking,
And more about loving;

4. And my life
Less about wanting,
And more about giving.

References

1. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him (Matthew 6:8; NIV).

O that today you would listen as he speaks! (Hebrews 4:7; NET).

2. For God alone my soul waits in silence (Psalm 62:1; NIV).

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

3. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples (John 13:35; NLT).

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

4. God loves a person who gives cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7; NLT).

Blessed are those who are generous (Proverbs 22:9; NLT).

Listening

Photo: falco

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

Lord,

1. I’m neither strong,
Nor energetic.

2. There’s very little
I can do for others.

3. But I can listen patiently,
Offering love and comfort,

4. Sharing the load
Of those I meet

5. Who struggle with life’s
Burdens, trials, and sorrows.

References

1,2. He knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

3. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-3; NRSV).

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

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

4. If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles (Matthew 5:4; NLT).

As they led Jesus away, a man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, happened to be coming in from the countryside. The soldiers seized him and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus (Luke 23:26; NLT).

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

5. Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28-30; NLT).

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

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

God within

My beloved is mine and I am his (Song of Songs 2:16; NIV).

1. God within
And all around me:
Help me listen
To your voice.

2. God within
And all around me:
Your way is
The perfect choice.

3. God within
And all around me:
You are outside
Space and time.

4. God within
And all around me:
I am yours
And you are mine.

References

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

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you (Romans 8:11; NLT).

Listen to his voice (Deuteronomy 30:20; NIV).

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

Few things are needed – or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her (Luke 10:42; NIV).

3. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! (Jude 1:25; NLT).

For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours (Psalm 90:4; NLT).

4. I am yours (Psalm 119:94; NLT).

Lord, you are mine! (Psalm 119:57; NLT).


Photo acknowledgement: Konevi

It makes no difference

Lord,

1. It makes no difference
Whether I know this person or not:
You made them and you love them,
So I welcome them.

2. It makes no difference
Whether I agree with this person or not:
You made them and you love them,
So I listen to them.

3. It makes no difference
Whether I like this person or not:
You made them and you love them,
So I help them.

4. It makes no difference
Whether I fear this person or not:
You made them and you love them,
So I pray for them.

References

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

He gives breath to everyone, life to everyone who walks the earth (Isaiah 42:5; NLT).

He loves his people (Deuteronomy 33:3; NLT).

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

3. You, too, must show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

4. Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44; NIV).

Like you

Lord,

1. Help me not to sin,
But to serve others;

2. Help me not to hate,
But to forgive.

3. Help me not to dominate,
But listen;

4. Help me not to take, Lord,
But to give.

5. Help me not to injure,
But to comfort;

6. Help me not to damage,
But renew.

7. Help me not to fear,
But speak out boldly —

8. For then I will grow more and more
Like you.

References

1. Even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others (Mark 10:45; NLT).

2. When they came to the place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross [and] Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:33-4; NLT).

3. You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry (James 1:19; NLT).

4. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35; NLT).

5. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us (2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT).

6. Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes (Ephesians 4:23; NLT).

7. God gave us the courage to declare his Good News to you boldly, in spite of great opposition (1 Thessalonians 2:2; NLT).

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

Listen to your neighbour

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

1. Listen to your neighbour,
Don’t argue, or agree,
Or try to make them change their mind:
Just give your love for free.

2. Listen to each stranger,
Don’t judge them, or reject,
Or try to make them more like you:
Just meet them, and connect.

3. Listen to each foreigner,
Don’t shun, shout, or demand,
Or try to make them speak your tongue:
Just strive to understand.

4. Listen to your enemy,
Don’t fear, or hate, or fight,
Or try to make them yield to you:
Just hold them in God’s light.

References

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

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

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

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