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Cleanse my heart

You must be compassionate, just as your
Father is compassionate (Luke 6:36; NLT). 

Cleanse my heart, Lord, 
So that I
May care for you
In those who sigh. 

Mend my heart, Lord,
So that I
May comfort you 
In those who cry. 

Heal my heart, Lord,
So that I
May watch with you
In those who die. 

Fill my heart, Lord, 
So that I
May be more like you,
Christ, on high. 

 

References 

If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness (1 John 1:9; NLT).

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace (Romans 15:13; NLT).

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

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

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

My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me (Mark 14:34; NLT).  

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5; NKJV).

 

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The miracle of life

Lord,

Thank you 
For the miracle of life:
You make us and sustain us
Day and night. 

You grant us breath and shelter, 
Water, food;
This Earth to cherish, 
Constantly renewed.

Your send your Son:
His teaching, flesh, and blood, 
To show us all 
Your deep, unfailing love.

You give us minds, 
So we can grow like Christ,
And hearts, so we can grasp 
His sacrifice

For us, and see, at last, 
What makes us whole:

One world, one human race,
One blood, one goal;

One peace, one truth, one love, 
One God, one soul.

 

References

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

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16; NIV).

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5; NKJV).

This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many (Matthew 26:28; NLT).

From one *blood he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him – though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’ (Acts 17:26-8; NRSV; *using the alternative reading for ‘ancestor’, which is ‘blood’). 

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

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

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

There is only one God (Mark 12:32; NLT).

God is Spirit (John 4:24; NLT). 

We all share the same Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13; NLT).

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What counts?

It’s not my search for you 
That counts, Lord God –
It’s yours for me.

It’s not my mind in you 
That counts, Lord God –
It’s yours in me.

It’s not my love for you 
That counts, Lord God –
It’s yours for me.

It’s not my life through you 
That counts, Lord God –
It’s yours through me.

It’s not my sacrifice for you 
That counts, Lord God –
It’s yours for me.

 

References

The Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost (Luke 19:10; NLT).

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5; NKJV).

This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us (1 John 4:10; NLT).

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

While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8; NIV). 

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Exile (Isaiah 9:1-7; NRSV).

Lord,

I spent my early years
In bondage;
My teens and twenties
Trying to escape.

My thirties in the desert
Of depression;
My anxious forties 
In a pathless waste.

My fifties brought me    
To your promised freedom,
A land where I could start
To change and grow.

My sixties came with sickness,  
Loss, restriction,
Yet love and joy at last  
Began to flow. 

How many years remain? 
I cannot guess, Lord.
At present, I have time 
And space to pray –

No longer far from you,
Condemned to exile, 
I dwell in you, and you in me,
Each day. 

 

References

We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with his strong hand (Deuteronomy 6:21; NLT).

He has known your walking through this great wilderness (Deuteronomy 2:7; HNV).

He chose the Promised Land for our inheritance (Psalm 47:4; NLT).

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).

You love him even though you have never seen him […] and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy (1 Peter 1:8; NLT).

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

The yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken (Isaiah 9:4; NRSV).

 

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We are one

Abba, Lord, I know how much 
You love me,

And I love you, Lord:
Father, Spirit, Son;

So every time 
I fail to love myself, Lord,

Please help me to remember
We are one.

 

References

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

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

To acquire wisdom is to love oneself (Proverbs 19:8; NLT).

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

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

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Keep on praying

When I lose my way to you completely,
May I keep on praying, Lord, 
With faith. 

When I lose my faith in you completely,
May I keep on praying, Lord, 
With hope.

When I lose my sense of hope completely,
May I keep on praying, Lord, 
With trust.

And when I lose my trust in you completely,
May I keep on praying, Lord, 
With love.

 

References

They have lost their way (Jeremiah 50:6; NLT).

Keep on praying (Romans 12:12; NIV).

Have faith in God (Mark 11:22; NLT).

I will put my hope in God (Psalm 42:5; NLT).

If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord (Isaiah 50:10; NLT).

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

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Just another word

 

Prayer is just another word
For truth;

Life is just another word   
For blood.

Weak is just another word
For strong;

And death is just another word
For love. 

 

References

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

The life of the body is in its blood (Leviticus 17:11; NLT).

When I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10; NLT).

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13; NIV).

Living means living for Christ, and dying is even better (Philippians 1:21; NLT).

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