Joy (#2 of 2 linked prayers)

Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).
Pray about everything (Philippians 4:6; NLT).
Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge (Psalm 62:8; NLT).
You desire honesty from the womb (Psalm 51:6; NLT).

1. I have nothing to offer
But joy, Lord.

2. Nothing to give
But my blood.

3. Nothing to say, Lord,
But: Thank you.

4. Nothing to share
But my love.

References

1. I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love (Psalm 31:7; NLT).

2. We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters (1 John 3:16; NLT).

3. We thank you, O God! We give thanks because you are near (Psalm 75:1; NLT).

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

My thoughts

Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ (Ephesians 5:2; NLT).

1. Father,
May my thoughts
Be full of love:
For you, for all,
And even for myself.

2. Father,
May my words
Be full of love:
For you, for all,
And even for myself.

3. Father,
May my deeds
Be full of love:
For you, for all,
And even for myself.

4. Father,
May my life
Be full of love:
For you, for all,
And even for myself.

References

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

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2; NIV).

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

3. Whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus (Colossians 3:17; NLT).

4. Whoever pursues […] unfailing love will find life (Proverbs 21:21; NLT).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; 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).

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

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

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NIV).

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

Love and dust

Lord,

1. You make us all from love
And dust.

2. Help us to follow Christ,
And learn to trust

3. That his forgiveness
Cleanses all our sins –

4. Then we will know the peace
Salvation brings.

Lord,

5. You make us all for love
And loss.

6. Help us to face our lives,
Take up our cross,

7. Serve you in all we meet,
And spread your grace –

8. Then we will share your joy,
And see your face.

References

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

The Lord God formed man of dust from the ground (Genesis 2:7; RSV).

2. Take up your cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

3. He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

4. He will be the source of peace (Micah 5:5; NLT).

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

6. Take up your cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

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

8. Come and share your master’s happiness! (Matthew 25:23; NIV).

They will see his face (Revelation 22:4; NLT).

Contemplation

I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love
(Romans 8:38; NLT).

1. To contemplation, Lord,
I bring my body –
My weakness, tiredness,
Restlessness and pain.

2. To contemplation, Lord,
I bring my thinking –
My hidden judgements,
Envy and disdain.

3. To contemplation, Lord,
I bring my feelings –
My sorrow, longing,
Anger, guilt, and fear.

4. To contemplation, Lord,
I bring my spirit –
My faith, and hope, and love,
For you are here.

References

1. The flesh is weak (Mark 14:38; NIV).

2. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away (Psalm 139:2; NLT).

3. The Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7; NIV).

4. Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

God is with us (Matthew 1:23; NLT).

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

Live in Christ


In him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28; NIV).

1. Live in Christ,
And in his peace,
Then you will share his joy.

2. Live in Christ,
And in his light,
Then you will share his path.

3. Live in Christ,
And in his truth,
Then you will share his faith.

4. Live in Christ,
And in his love,
Then you will share his grace.

References

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

Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone (Romans 12:18; NLT).

Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit (Luke 10:21; NLT).

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

He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light (Colossians 1:12; NLT). 

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

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

Grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ – the Son of the Father – will continue to be with us who live in truth and love (2 John 1:3; NLT).

Jesus said to his disciples, “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22; NLT).

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

All of you share in God’s grace (Philippians 1:7; NIV).

Joy

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

1. Lord,
May I do everything
With joy,
So others glimpse
Your earthly paradise.

2. Lord,
May I do everything
With faith,
So others comprehend
Your sacrifice.

3. Lord,
May I do everything
With love,
So others understand
That you are near.

4. Lord,
May I do everything
With prayer,
So others grasp
That you are always here.

References

1. Always be joyful (1 Thessalonians 5:16; NLT).

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

2. Don’t be afraid. Just have faith (Mark 5:36; NLT).

By the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 9:14; NLT).

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

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

4. Never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NLT).

Be sure of this: I am with you always (Matthew 28:20; NLT).

All things dwell within your body

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

1. All things dwell within your body:
Stars, and sun, and earth.

2. All things form within your mind,
Where you, Lord, give us birth.

3. All things live within your heart,
Hand-made from love, and dust.

4. All things rest within your Spirit:
God, in whom we trust.

References

1. Everything comes from him and exists by his power (Romans 11:36; NLT).

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

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

You forgot the God who gave you birth (Deuteronomy 32:18; NIV).

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

The Lord God formed man of dust from the ground (Genesis 2:7; RSV).

4. Although they were destined to die like all people, they now live forever with God in the Spirit (1 Peter 4:6; NLT).

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

I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God” (Psalm 31:14; NIV).