Prayer

Prayer is much less about what we want to say to God,
And much more about what he wants to say to us.

This is because before a word is on our lips,
Or a thought comes into our minds,
Or a longing enters our hearts,

He already knows it
Completely!

References

Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10; NIV).

Stand in silence in the presence of the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NLT).

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

Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand! (Matthew 11:15; NLT).

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

I know everything that comes into your minds (Ezekiel 11:5; NLT).

He knows the secrets of every heart (Psalm 44:21; NLT).

God lives in us (# 2 of 2 linked prayers)

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

Lord,

1. You live
Within our bones.

2. In our minds
We hear your call,

3. For you, Lord, dwell
Within our hearts

4. And souls –
In, through, and over, all.

References

1. Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them” (John 14:23; NLT).

2. He calls people (Romans 9:12; NLT).

3. You are the temple of the living God (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

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

He lives within you (1 John 2:27; NLT).

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

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

You have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you (1 John 2:27; NLT).

In your strength

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

1. May I live, Lord,
In your strength:
Each day,
And when my race is run.

2. May I shelter
In your mind:
On earth,
And when my life is done.

3. May I hide, Lord,
In your heart:
Today,
And far beyond this test.

4. May I flourish
In your soul:
For life,
And in eternal rest.

References

1. The Lord is my strength (Exodus 15:2; NLT).

Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us (Hebrews 12:1; NLT).

2. You hide them in the shelter of your presence (Psalm 31:20; NLT).

3. You examine us every morning and test us every moment (Job 7:18; NLT).

4. Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1; NLT).

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

Exile (#1 of 2 linked prayers)

I sent them away to exile and brought them home again
(Ezekiel 39:28; NLT).

Lord,

1. May my strength
Be one with yours
Each day,
And when my breath has ceased.

2. May my mind
Be one with yours
In life,
And when I am released.

3. May my heart
Be one with yours
On earth,
And far beyond this test.

4. May my soul
Be one with yours
In exile,
And eternal rest.

References

1. The Lord is my strength (Exodus 15:2; NLT).

I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one – as you are in me, Father, and I am in you […] I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one (John 17:21-2; NLT).

2. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released (Luke 4:18; NLT).

3. You examine us every morning and test us every moment (Job 7:18; NLT).

4. Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1; NLT).

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

Healing

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.
He redeems me from death and crowns me with love
and tender mercies (Psalm 103:2-4; NLT).

1. Thank you, Father,
For your love:
The wounds you wash,
The way you care.

2. Thank you, Father,
For your peace:
The minds you mend,
The joy you share.

3. Thank you, Father,
For your truth:
The hearts you heal,
The Son you gave.

4. Thank you, Father,
For your fire:
The bonds you break,
The souls you save.

References

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

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

Wash me clean from my guilt (Psalm 51:2; NLT).

He […] binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3; NIV).

He cares about you (1 Peter 5:7; NLT).

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

When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind (Mark 5:15; NIV).

God [is] the source of all my joy (Psalm 43:4; NLT).

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

He heals the brokenhearted (Psalm 147:3; NIV).

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).

4. God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

I will break the yoke off their necks, and will tear off their bonds (Jeremiah 30:8; NIV).

Lord, you are the God who saves me (Psalm 88:1; NIV).

Ever deeper

1. Jesus,
Draw me ever deeper –
Deep into your flesh,
So I may share your sorrow
And your reign.

2. Mary,
Draw me ever deeper –
Deep into your mind,
So I may share your gladness
And your pain.

3. Father,
Draw me ever deeper –
Deep into your heart,
So I may share your kingdom
And your feast.

4. Spirit,
Draw me ever deeper –
Deep into your soul,
So I may share your sighing
Without cease.

References

1. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe! (John 20:27; NLT).

My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death (Mark 14:34; NIV).

If we endure hardship, we will reign with him (2 Timothy 2:12; NLT).

2. Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often (Luke 2:19; NLT).

How my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour! (Luke 1:47; NLT).

A sword will pierce your very soul (Luke 2:35; NLT).

3. The unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart (John 1:18; NLT).

He called you to share in his Kingdom (1 Thessalonians 2:12; NLT).

You prepare a feast for me (Psalm 23:5; NLT).

4. God is Spirit (John 4:24; NLT).

We do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; RSV).

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

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).