You wait within

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

You wait within, Lord,
To forgive,
Yearning to help us grow
And live. 

You wait within
To make us whole,
Aching to save and heal
Each soul.

You wait within, Lord,
Every day,
Thirsting to hear us praise
And pray.

You wait within
To share each test,
Longing to give us peace
And rest. 

❤️

The Lord longs to be gracious to you
(Isaiah 30:18; NIV).


May your way be mine

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.
No one can come to the Father except through me”
(John 14:6; NLT). 

Jesus,
May your way
Be mine,
So I can walk with you
Each day,

Jesus,
May your truth
Be mine,
So I can spread your love,
And pray.

Jesus,
May your life
Be mine,
So I can serve you,
Come what may.

Jesus,
May your light
Be mine,
So I can follow,
And obey.

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said,
“I am the light of the world”
(John 8:12; NLT).


When I wake

Your hand will guide me,
and your strength will support me

(Psalm 139:10; NLT).

Father,
When I wake, each day,
I reach out straightaway
To take your hand.

Father,
When I wake, each day,
I start to pray,
Using your Son’s own words.

Father,
When I wake, each day,
I choose his way,
Lifting my heavy cross.

Father,
When I wake, each day,
Help me to say
With him: Your will be done.

Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven
(Matthew 6:9-10; NLT). 

My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done (Matthew 26:42; NLT).


Your light streams out

“Don’t they know?” asks the Lord. “Are all these evildoers ignorant? They live by robbing my people, and they never pray to me”
(Psalm 14:4; GNT).

Lord,
Your light streams out
To show the way,
Yet we would rather slip and fall,
Than pray.

Your truth streams out
To help with every task,
Yet we would rather fail, alone,
Than ask.

Lord,
Your peace streams out
To end all strife,
Yet we would rather hate,
And waste this life.

Your love streams out
To heal each barren soul,
Yet we would rather kill
Than be made whole.

Lord,
Your fire streams out
To cleanse all blame,
Yet we would rather die
Than face our shame.

Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him
(Ephesians 4:18; NLT).

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Help those who never hear

God speaks again and again, 
though people do not recognise it
(Job 33:14; NLT).

Help those who never hear your voice,
Although creation sings your praise. 

Bless those who never see your face,
Although your glance sets stars ablaze.

Heal those who never know your love,
Although you cherish all you make. 

Guide those who never try to pray,
Although their sorry hearts may break.  

Teach those who never seek your Son,
Although he dwells within us all.

Draw those who never grasp, Lord God,
That you must wait, until we call. 

The Lord must wait for you to come to him
so he can show you his love and compassion

(Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

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I feel so empty

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?
(Psalm 22:1; NIV).

Lord,

I feel so empty
And despairing.
I cannot pray,
But thirst for you in vain.

How can I live
Without your constant presence?
Let me become
Your dwelling-place again.

How can I face each weary day
Without you?
Nothing but dust,
I long for death’s release.

Show me, once more, your light,
And love, and mercy.
Answer my prayers,
And give me your perfect peace.

My peace I give you
(John 14:27; NIV). 

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you
(Isaiah 26:3; NLT).

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The purpose of life

You can make many plans,
but the Lord’s purpose will prevail
(Proverbs 19:21; NLT).

The purpose of life
is to learn from all we experience,
both good and bad;

To take up our cross
and follow Christ,
becoming more like him,

And growing ever closer to God,
until we grasp our oneness with him,
and with all people.

The purpose of life
is to love others,
without exception;

To pray for them, bless them,
and serve them,
however we can,

And to heal those who suffer
in body, or mind,
in heart, or in spirit, or soul.

He sent them out
to tell everyone about the Kingdom of God
and to heal the sick
(Luke 9:2; NLT).

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I feel so empty

Remember how short my life is,
how empty and futile this human existence! 

(Psalm 89:47; NLT).

Lord,
I feel so empty:
My flesh is only clay.
I used to share my life with you,
Yet now I cannot pray. 

Lord,
I feel so empty:
My mind has lost its way.
I used to say the office,
Yet no longer try to pray. 

Lord,
I feel so empty:
My heart has gone astray.
I used to plead for others,
Yet no longer love to pray. 

Lord,
I feel so empty:
My soul has fled away.
I used to feel your presence,
Yet no longer want to pray.  

Darkness is my closest friend
(Psalm 88:18; NLT).

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Born again

Unless you are born again,
you cannot see the Kingdom of God

(John 3:3; NLT).

Lord,
May we be born again,
Not once, but every day,
Then we will see your Kingdom here,
Whatever others say.

Lord,
May we be born afresh,
Not once, but every day,
Then we will build your Kingdom here
Amongst us, as we pray.

Lord,
May we be born anew,
Not once, but every day,
Then we will know your Kingdom here
Within us, come what may.

The Kingdom of God is among you
(Luke 17:21; ISV).

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