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King of kings

 

Lord,
In contemplation,
May I forget my cares,
So I can lose myself in you,
For you know all my prayers.

Lord,
In contemplation,
May I forget to plead,
So I can lose myself in you,
For you know what I need.

Lord,
In contemplation,
May I forget each friend,
So I can lose myself in you
As words come to an end.

Lord,
In contemplation,
May I forget each foe,
So I can lose myself in you,
And leave behind all woe.

Lord,
In contemplation,
May I forget to pray,
So I can lose myself in you
And leave life far away.

Lord,
In contemplation,
May I forget all things,
Until, at last, there’s only you,
Lord God, the King of kings.

 

References

God has made me forget all my troubles (Genesis 41:51; NLT).

You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord (Psalm 139:4; NIV).

Your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him (Matthew 6:8; NLT).

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

He is Lord of all lords, and King of all kings (Revelation 17:14; NLT).

 

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God our Father

 

God our Father,
Holy One,
You love us all
And sent your Son.

Mary, Mother,
Holy Maid,
You heard God’s message
And obeyed.

Jesus, Saviour,
Holy Child,
Through you all things
Are reconciled.

Spirit, Helper,
Holy Dove,
You unify us
In God’s love.

 

References

This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins (1 John 4:40; NLT).

Mary said, Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word (Luke 1:38; RSV).

God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself (Colossians 1:19-20; NLT).

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

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I love you, Father

 

To say, “I love you, Father”,
Is the same as, “You love me”,
For I am one with you, Lord God,
And you are one with me.

To say, “We love you, Father”,
Is the same as, “You love us”,
For we are one with you, Lord God,
And you are one with us.

To say, “They love you, Father”,
Is the same as, “You love them”,
For they are one with you, Lord God,
And you are one with them.

And though we don’t all love you, Lord,
We know you love us all,
And that you wait for us to turn
To you, and hear your call.

 

References

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

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

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

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

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

The Lord is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all his creation (Psalm 145:9; NLT).

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).

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

Repent of your sins and turn to God (Matthew 4:17; NLT).

Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts (Hebrews 4:7; NIV).

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I ask you in

 

I love you, Lord,
And ask you in;
May my flesh be
Your breathing-space.

I love you, Lord,
And ask you in;
My mind, your earthly
Dwelling-place.

I love you, Lord,
And ask you in;
My heart, a home
Where you may rest.

I love you, Lord,
And ask you in;
My soul, your temple,
You, my guest.

 

References

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

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me (Revelation 3:20; NIV).

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

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).

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

When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today” (Luke 19:5; NLT).

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In all my hardships

 

In all my hardships, Lord,  
You suffer, too;
You share each blow, each feeling, 
And each thought.

You rescue me, my Saviour,
And redeem;
You carry me through life,
Though I am naught.

We share one Spirit, Lord, 
Of joy and love; 
I live in you,
And you, Lord, live in me.

Together, we embrace 
Life’s trials and sorrows;
So I’m at peace,
For you have set me free. 

 

References

In all their suffering he also suffered, and he personally rescued them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them. He lifted them up and carried them through all the years (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

I am nothing but dust and ashes (Genesis 18:27; NIV).

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

God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us (1 John 4:13; NLT).

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

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

If the Son sets you free, you are truly free (John 8:36; NLT).

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Prayer: five steps toward God

 

Introduction

God gives us prayer so that we can communicate with him, and he with us. There are five main ways of praying:

Speaking: Using words to talk to God. 

Listening: Being silent, so we can hear God’s voice.

Conversing: Having an ongoing, two-way dialogue with God.

Communing: Letting words go, dwelling in God’s presence.

Uniting: Experiencing oneness with God.

Each of these ways of praying has its part to play in helping us draw closer to God. They form a series of steps towards him, through which our relationship gradually becomes more intimate. Let’s consider them briefly, one at a time.

 

1. Speaking 

We begin with the most basic kind of prayer: speaking. Here we use words, either aloud, or in our heads, to talk to God. In this way, we can, for example, praise or thank him, ask for his help or forgiveness, pray for others, and forgive those who hurt us. Spoken prayers may be very brief, whilst we are busy, or longer, during times set aside for the purpose. Spoken prayers can also be shared with other people, for example, at home, with friends, online, or during church services.

With practice, we can develop the habit of speaking to God fairly constantly whilst going about our daily lives. This helps us to become aware of, and to share with him, the stream of unbidden thoughts, temptations, emotions and fantasies which continually rise into consciousness from our shadow selves. Only by recognising these aspects of ourselves can we incorporate them into our spoken prayers, and share them honestly with God, as he desires.

However, although there is a lot to be learned about ourselves through spoken prayer, we will not discover much about God if we do all the talking. So, in order to progress towards a deeper relationship with him, we must add the second step, by beginning to listen. 

 

2. Listening 

Learning to listen to God means setting aside time to be alone with him, in silence and stillness. During these periods we practice fixing our minds, hearts and souls on him as steadily as possible. Keeping our own words to a minimum, we wait to discover what he wants to say to us. This process is often known as contemplation.

As we listen for God’s voice, our internal stream of thoughts, feelings and fantasies inevitably continues. I have already written about how we can handle these aspects of ourselves, some of which can be very challenging. If you would like to read the relevant posting, please click on this link: https://wp.me/p45bCr-3F9

 

3. Conversing

Over time, the twin processes of talking and listening to God evolve into an ongoing, two-way conversation, and this forms our third step towards him. Day and night we are, to a greater or lesser extent, aware of his presence, and our dialogue continues, no matter what else is happening around us. 

 

4. Communing 

As our relationship with God deepens though this constant conversation, we reach the next step in prayer: communing. This is the point at which words become inadequate, and unnecessary. Letting them go, we pass beyond them to spend time with God in silent togetherness. To begin with, this is most likely to happen during contemplation, but as we progress, it can occur at any time, as long as we remain aware of God’s presence.

 

5. Uniting

Beyond the stage of togetherness, there is one more step we can take during our time on earth. Here we unite with God, experiencing an indescribable oneness with him, though of course, we are always one with God, whether we are aware of it or not. In life, we generally have to return to the demands of everyday life after each such experience. After death, however, this state is changeless, timeless, and eternal.

 

Conclusion

Although they can be separately described, these five ways of praying work best in combination. As each new step is combined with those that came before, our intimacy with God becomes broader, deeper, more honest, and more continuous. This, I believe, is what Saint Paul was referring to when he encouraged us to “Pray constantly.”

 

References 

Pray about everything. Tell God what you need (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

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

You desire honesty from the womb (Psalm 51:6; NLT).

Listen to his voice (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT). 

When you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private (Matthew 6:6; NLT).

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

After the fire [came] a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; NKJV).

God talks with man (Deuteronomy 5:24; DBY).

You are close beside me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

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

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

 

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Second nature

Lord, live in me,
So I become like you,

For Saint Paul says:
We have the mind of Christ.

Then you, Lord, will become
My second nature,  

And I will gladly share
Your sacrifice. 

 

References

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

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

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

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).

 

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