I pray for peace

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it
(Psalm 34:14; NIV).

I pray for peace in every mind,
In every heart, Lord,
Every soul.
May every life be filled with peace –
Forgive us;
Make us whole.

I pray that peace will reign on earth.
Lord, hear me:
Bring an end to war!
May every nation live in peace –
Today,
And evermore.

He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war any more (Isaiah 2:4; NIV).


References 

God is not a God of disorder but of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33; NLT).

I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will bless them and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore (Ezekiel 37:26; RSV). 

A child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end (Isaiah 9:6-7; NIV).

God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross (Colossians 1:19-20; NIV).

This is the message of Good News for the people of Israel, that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all (Acts 10:36; NLT).

I will make peace your leader and righteousness your ruler. Violence will disappear from your land; the desolation and destruction of war will end. Salvation will surround you like city walls, and praise will be on the lips of all who enter there. No longer will you need the sun to shine by day, nor the moon to give its light by night, for the Lord your God will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun will never set; your moon will not go down. For the Lord will be your everlasting light. Your days of mourning will come to an end. All your people will be righteous. They will possess their land forever (Isaiah 60:18-21; NLT).

Take away my mind

Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away
(John 15:2; NKJV).

Father,
Take away my mind:
You know my thoughts; they’re so unkind.

Take away my withered heart:
You know it’s cold and dark.

Father,
Take away my flesh:
You know my pains and weaknesses.

Take away my troubled life:
You know my inner strife.

Father,
Take away my soul:
Please make it yours, then I’ll be whole.

May there be less and less of me –
Until you set me free.

He must become greater and greater,
and I must become less and less (John 3:30; NLT). 

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

More questions

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

1. What makes life on earth worth living?

Loving people, and forgiving;
Prayer, rejoicing, and thanksgiving –
Letting Jesus in.

2. What makes faith in Christ worth choosing? 

Peace, despite the world’s abusing;
Gain, in spite of all we’re losing –
Following our King.

3. What makes trouble worth enduring?

Learning, growing, and maturing;
Meeting others, helping – turning
Minds and souls to Him.

4. What makes Jesus’ way worth taking?  

Service, though our hearts are breaking –
So, choose Christ, all else forsaking,
And unite with Him.

For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him (Philippians 3:9; NLT).


References 

1. My life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God (Acts 20:24; 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).

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

Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends (Revelation 3:20; NLT).

2. Choose today whom you will serve (Joshua 24:15; NLT).

I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid (John 14:27; NLT).

Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will leave this life. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord (Job 1:21; CSB). 

If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords (Revelation 19:16; NLT).

3. When troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:2-3; NLT).

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him (James 1:12; NLT).

Grow to maturity (2 Corinthians 13:11; NLT).

Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else (Mark 9:35; NLT).

Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone (Mark 16:15; NLT). 

Each of you must repent and turn to God, and be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; NLT).

4. Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Luke 22:42; NLT). 

Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing (Luke 23:34; NLT).

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

You also are complete through your union with Christ (Colossians 2:10; NLT). 

Sharing

If we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.
(Romans 8:17; NLT).

1. Take up your cross without complaint.
Shoulder it with perfect love.
Bear it well, and serve, like Christ –
Then you will share his sacrifice.

2. Take up your cross; submit to God.
Shoulder it with constant prayer.
Bear it well, and do not sin –
Then you will share one mind with him.

3. Take up your cross, for God is near.
Shoulder it with thanks and joy.
Bear it well till life must cease –
Then you will share his perfect peace.

4. Take up your cross, as Jesus did.
Shoulder it with hope and praise.
Bear it well: it sets you free –
Then you will share his victory. 

Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne.
(Revelation 3:21; NLT).


References 

1. If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me (Matthew 16:24; NLT).

The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45; NLT).

Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies (2 Corinthians 4:10; NLT). 

Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me (Matthew 10:38; NIV). 

2. Submit to God and be at peace with him (Job 22:21; NIV). 

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

We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; NLT).

3. He is not far from any one of us (Acts 17:27; NIV).

Always be joyful … Be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16,18; NLT).

I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid (John 14:27; NLT).

4. As we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too (2 Corinthians 1:5; RSV). 

Rejoice in so far as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed (1 Peter 4:13; RSV). 

Overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us (Romans 8:37; NLT).


 

Easter Tuesday (#2 of 2)

God raised Jesus Christ from the dead (1 Peter 1:3; NLT). 

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

1. You’re born again, Lord,
In my mind –
We live as one,
Through constant prayer.

2. You’re born again, Lord,
In my heart –
We live as one,
Through spreading love.

3. You’re born again, Lord,
In my soul –
We live as one
Through serving all.

4. You dwell in me,
And I in you –
Together, Lord,
In all we do.

Together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory (Romans 8:17; NLT).

You also are complete through your union with Christ (Colossians 2:10; NLT).


References

1. We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; NLT). 

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

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

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

2. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith (Ephesians 3:16-17; NIV). 

Supplement your faith …with love for everyone (2 Peter 1:5,7; NLT). 

3. We have all been baptised into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13; NLT). 

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

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

Don’t you know that your bodies are a part of Christ’s body? (1 Corinthians 6:15; CSB).

When God our Saviour revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Saviour (Titus 3:4-6; NLT).

Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends (Revelation 3:20; NLT). 


 

Easter Monday (#1 of 2)

God raised Jesus Christ from the dead (1 Peter 1:3; NLT). 

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

1. You’re born again
Within my mind:
Lord, please help me to be kind.

2. You’re born again
Within my heart:
Jesus, may we never part.

3. You’re born again
Within my soul:
Lord, forgive me; make me whole.

4. You’re born again
Within my flesh:
Jesus, may I start afresh.

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God” (John 3:3; NLT).


References 

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

Be kind to each other (Ephesians 4:32; NLT).

2. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith (Ephesians 3:16-17; NIV). 

We can live with him forever (1 Thessalonians 5:10; NLT).

3. I will put my Spirit in you (Ezekiel 37:14; NLT). 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:19; NIV). 

4. Don’t you know that your bodies are a part of Christ’s body? (1 Corinthians 6:15; CSB).

His mercies begin afresh each morning (Lamentations 3:23; NLT).


 

Share every thought

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

May I share every thought with you,
Until we’re of one mind,

For then my speech will be like yours, Lord:
Humble, honest, kind;

And I’ll grow more like you each day
Until, at last, we’re one –

Then it will be no longer I who lives,
But you, God’s Son.

🖤

It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.
(Galatians 2:20; NLT).

 


My food and drink

I am the living bread that came down from heaven.
Anyone who eats this bread will live forever;
and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live,
is my flesh 
(John 6:51; NLT).

Lord,

You are my living bread:
Food for my hungry mind.

Your word is meat
For my starving heart,

Your life: a feast
For my soul.

Lord,

You are my living wine:
Drink for my thirsty mind.

Your truth is strength
For my fainting heart,

Your love: a cup
For my soul.

🖤

He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me. In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you” (Luke 22:19-20; NIV).

 


Save us!

Lord, save us! (Matthew 8:25; NLT). 

Save us, Lord! We live in thrall
To evil: please forgive us all.

Change each foolish human mind:
Lend us patience; make us kind.

Melt our hearts, Lord God, above:
Give us grace, so we may love.

Heal each fragile, human soul
And grant us wisdom: make us whole.

Give me wisdom (2 Chronicles 1:10; NIV). 

His hands make whole (Job 5:18; KJV).

 


Light our way

I am the light of the world.
If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness,
because you will have the light that leads to life.
(John 8:12; NLT).

Please light our way
With your bright hope, Lord,

Fill our minds
With your strong faith,

And warm our hearts
With your deep love –

Until we see
Your shining face.

🖤

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

Jesus’ appearance was transformed
so that his face shone like the sun.
(Matthew 17:2; NLT).