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Your kingdom

 

When love reigns, Lord, instead of hate,
And trust, instead of fear;
When peace prevails instead of war,
Your kingdom will be near.

When kindness dwells in every heart,
And we care every day
For people, creatures, and this world,
Your rule, Lord, will hold sway.

When your light shines from every soul
And brings an end to sin;
When hope dries every bitter tear,
Your realm will be within.

Lord, when we share more equally,
And all of us are one
With you, and with the earth, our home,
Your kingdom will have come.

 

References

They will hammer their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war any more (Isaiah 2:4; NLT)

Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near (Matthew 3:2; NLT).

Show mercy and kindness to one another (Zechariah 7:9; NLT).

He will rule with fairness and justice (Isaiah 9:7; NLT).

Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness (Isaiah 58:10; NLT).

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

Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help (Isaiah 58:7; NLT).

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one (John 17:22; NLT).

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

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10; NIV).

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Speak to me

 

Lord,
I’ve lost my inner peace –
Please fill my mind with calm.
Speak to me, and comfort me;
Restore me with your balm.

Lord,
I’ve lost my inner peace –
Please flood my heart with rest.
Speak to me, and comfort me;
Don’t put me to the test.

Lord,
I’ve lost my inner peace –
Please feed my soul with love.
Speak to me, and comfort me;
Then heal me with your blood.

 

References 

I have no peace, no quietness. I have no rest; only trouble comes (Job 3:26; NLT).

I, yes, I am the one who comforts you (Isaiah 51:12; NLT).

Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

Do not bring us to hard testing (Matthew 6:13; GNT). 

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

Heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee (Psalm 41:4; KJV).

All glory to him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us (Revelation 1:5; NLT).

 

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The Holy One

Lord God, 

You sent 
Your only Son, 
To save us from
The wrong we’ve done.

So, when we turn to you,
And run,
The battle of our lives   
Is won,

For you are God,
The Holy One,
Who loves us,
And refuses none.

 

References 

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).

Repent of your sins and turn to God (Matthew 3:2; NLT).

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it, and are safe (Proverbs 18.10; NKJV).

Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved (Isaiah 30:15; NLT).

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 am God and not a mere mortal. I am the Holy One living among you (Hosea 11:9; NLT).

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

The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made (Psalm 145:9; NIV).

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Inner peace

Lord,

We long so much 
For inner peace, 
But how is this great treasure 
To be won?

It’s learned through growing
More and more like Jesus;
It’s gained by always following
Your Son.

For inner peace is found 
Through saying sorry
When we hurt other people –
As we will,

And always, Lord, forgiving 
Those who hurt us,
Even when this seems
A bitter pill.

Peace also grows through
Being kind to others,
Always glad to walk 
The extra mile;

And also, Lord, through loving 
Those who hate us, 
And praying for them daily,
With a smile.

In sum, we will find inner peace 
Through love, Lord,
By serving you in others
Every day;

Rejoicing in your presence
Deep within us,
And always making time to praise,
And pray. 

 

References 

Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand (Philippians 4:7; NLT).

I will give you treasures hidden in darkness – secret riches (Isaiah 45:3; NLT).

The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said (Matthew 4:19; NIV).

If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift (Matthew 5:23-4; NIV). 

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).

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

If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles (Matthew 5:41; NIV).

Love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

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

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in all circumstances (1Th 5:16-18; NIV).

 

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Oneness

Lord,

We know that after death
All souls are one with you,
And yet we fail to grasp that here, in life,
The same is true.

So how can we hate others, Lord,
Ignore, exploit, condemn,
When they are one with us, and we, like you,
Are one with them?

When we look down on others, Lord,
And try to shut them out,
This proves we do not love ourselves,
Whatever words we spout.

All concepts of me, us and them,
Are ignorant and blind,
For we are one with you, Lord God,
And with all humankind.

Forgive us, Lord; we are ashamed.
Please cleanse us with your blood;
And help us all to follow you,
By offering your love.

 

References

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 (John 17:21; NLT).

Why do you despise your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgement seat of God (Romans 14:10; RSV).

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

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NKJV).

Follow me and be my disciple (Matthew 9:9; NLT).

Anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love (1 John 4:8; NLT).

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Your way

When there’s something 
Nagging at my mind, Lord,
May I stop to think 
What I might do,

Being clear and honest
With myself, Lord,
And sharing every part of it 
With you. 

Once we’ve talked it over
May I act, Lord, 
Sorting out my problem
In your way,  

Then, I’ll share your joy
And peace of mind, Lord,
By growing more and more like you 
Each day.

 

References 

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight (Deuteronomy 6:18; NLT).

Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did (1 John 2:6; NLT).

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

Peace I leave you; my peace I give you (John 14:27; NIV).

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

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When I die

Lord,

When I die  
My breath will slowly dwindle, 

My thoughts and feelings fade, 
My heartbeat cease;

Then my soul, with joy,
Will leave this body, 

To reunite with you
In perfect peace. 

 

References

In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind (Job 12:10; NIV).

O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, what joy for those who trust in you (Psalm 84:12; NLT).

Return, O my soul, to your rest (Psalm 116:7; NRSV).

Then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NLT).

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you (Isaiah 26:3; NLT).

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