Born again (#2 of 2)

Unless you are born again,
you cannot see the Kingdom of God.
(John 3:3; NLT).

Not for deeds that we had done, but by his steadfast love alone, he saved us through a second birth, renewed us by the Spirit’s work,
and poured him out upon us, too.
(Titus 3:5-6; ISV).

Father,
Being born again
Means starting life afresh,
No longer thinking we’re alone,
But trusting, Lord, in you.

Jesus,
Being born again
Means starting life once more,
No longer lost in self alone,
But serving, Lord, like you.

Spirit,
Being born again
Means starting life anew,
No longer facing death alone,
But walking, Lord, with you.

💚

Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy.
(Ephesians 4:21-4; NLT).

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
(Psalm 23:4; KJV).

 


A foolish prayer


Never stop praying, especially for others.
(Ephesians 6:18; CEV). 

1. Lord,
Please be w
ith those who suffer.

2. Sorry,
That’s a foolish prayer –

3. Because you’re always with us,
Waiting,

4. Wanting us
To know you care.

5. Lord,
How should I pray for others?

6. May their hearts
Return to you –

7. Then they’ll know
Your deep compassion,

8. As you heal,
And make them new.

🖤

He renews my life.
(Psalm 23:3; CSB). 


References

1. I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf (1 Timothy 2:1; NLT). 

2. O God, you know how foolish I am (Psalm 69:5; NLT). 

3. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me (Psalm 23:4; NLT). 

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

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

5. Lord, teach us to pray (Luke 11:1; NLT).

6. I will give them hearts that recognise me as the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me wholeheartedly (Jeremiah 24:7; NLT).

The spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

7. With deep compassion, I will bring you back (Isaiah 54:7; NIV). 

8. He heals all your diseases (Psalm 103:3; CSB).  

He renews my strength (Psalm 23:3; NLT).

 


 

Simple prayers

When you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans,
for they think they will be heard because of their many words.
(Matthew 6:7; NIV).

1. May my prayers
Be simple, Lord,
For you already know
My needs.

2. May my prayers
Be honest, Lord:
You know my thoughts,
And words, and deeds.

3. May my prayers
Be Christ-like, Lord:
Pleading for others,
Judging none;

4. And may my prayers
Be constant, Lord,
Then we will always
Live as one.

🧡


References

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

2. You desire honesty from the womb (Psalm 51:6; NLT).

You perceive my thoughts from afar (Psalm 139:2; NIV).

Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:4; NIV).

You know everything I do (Psalm 119:168; NLT). 

3. When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified – one on his right and one on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34; NLT). 

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

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

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

 


 

In anguish (for M)

Blessed be the Lord!
Day after day he bears our burdens;
God is our salvation.
(Psalm 68:19; CSB).

Lord,
In anguish,
And distress,
Hour after hour,
You watch with us.

Lord,
In sickness,
Fear, and pain,
Day after day,
You care for us.

Lord,
In heartbreak,
Loss, and grief,
Month after month,
You comfort us.

Lord,
In birth, and life,
And death,
Year after year,
You carry us.

♥️

He lifts them up, and carries them.
(Isaiah 63:9; LSV).

 


 

We only live (#2 of 2)

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

We only live
Because you live within us.

We only serve
Because you make us one.

We only love
Because you loved us first, Lord.

We only give
Because you gave your Son.

💜

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish, but have eternal life.
(John 3:16; NLT).

 


We live (#1 of 2)

  

He himself gives life and breath to everything.
(Acts 17:25; NLT).

Lord,

We live
Because you live.

We share
Because you share.

We love
Because you loved us first,

And care
Because you care.

💙

Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you.
(1 Peter 5:2; NLT).

I will be your God throughout your lifetime –
until your hair is white with age.
I made you, and I will care for you.
(Isaiah 46:4; NLT).

 


Help me to understand

He himself gives life and breath to everything,
and he satisfies every need
(Acts 17:25; NLT).

1. Help me, Lord,
To understand
That you, alone,
Give all I have,

2.  And, that you also
Take away,
For every life
Brings good and bad.

3. Help me to accept
Your will
With gladness, thanks,
And constant prayer,

4. Confident, Lord,
That you bring blessings
In the end,
From all we bear.

🧡


References

1. The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away. May the name of the Lord be blessed (Job 1:21; NET).

2. When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other (Ecclesiastes 7:14; NIV).

3. I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; RSV).

4. We know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good (Romans 8:28; AMP).

 


 

You’re here


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

Lord,

You’re here
In answer
To my prayers.

You talk to me
In answer
To my prayers.

You walk with me
In answer
To my prayers;

And comfort me
In answer
To my prayers.

❤️

I am the one
who answers your prayers
and cares for you.
(Hosea 14:8; NLT).

 


Remembrance Day

Nation will go to war against nation,
and kingdom against kingdom.
(Matthew 24:7; NLT). 

I pray for all
Who go to war:
They suffer fear, like you;

For all whose lives
Are scarred by war:
They know your anguish, too.

I pray for all those
Crushed by war:
They share your pain, dear Lord;

For all those
Who are killed by war:
Each lonely death, like yours.

♥️

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
(Mark 15:34; NLT).

 


At birth

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.
(Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).

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

1. At birth,
We all begin
Our lifelong journey
Back to you.

2. Our task:
To serve you, Lord,
In all we think,
And say, and do.

3. Our test:
To live like you,
By loving everyone
We meet.

4. Our goal:
To see your face, Lord,
Touch your hands,
And kiss your feet. 

🖤


References

1. Come back to God (2 Corinthians 5:20; NLT). 

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

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).

3. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul (Deuteronomy 13:3; NIV).

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

As we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. (1 John 4:17; NLT). 

A servant of the Lord …must be kind to everyone (2 Timothy 2:24; NLT). 

4. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14; NIV).

I will see your face (Psalm 17:15; NKJV).

Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have (Luke 24:39; NIV). 

She kept kissing his feet (Luke 7:38; NLT).