Fire

1. I love you, Father –
You’re the fire
That burns within my breast.

2. I love you, Father –
You’re the peace
That sets my mind at rest.

3. I love you, Father –
You’re the light
That shows my heart the way.

4. I love you, Father –
You’re the truth
That helps my soul to pray.

References

1. God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).
Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us? (Luke 24:32; NLT).

2. The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NIV).

3. God is light (1 John 1:5; NLT).
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path (Psalm 119:105; NLT).

4. The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).
The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for 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; NLT).

Exile

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

1. Father, we are part of you,
Till, one by one, you give us birth,
Then we must leave your glory
To be exiled on this earth.

2. Here, you give us much to learn –
Faith, forgiveness, kindness, peace –
By following your only Son,
And praying without cease.

3. When it’s time, you bring us home,
There’s nothing left for us to do
Except to be re-born in love,
And reunite with you.

References

1. I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).
He chose to give birth to us (James 1:18; NLT).
I will be a sanctuary to you during your time in exile (Ezekiel 11:16; NLT).

2. Put on your new nature, created to be like God (Ephesians 4:24; NLT).
The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-3; NLT).
Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me” (Mark 1:17; NLT).
Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

3. You do not know the day or hour of my return (Matthew 25:13; NLT).
The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

Like you

Jesus,
You’re our perfect Brother –
Everything you say is true.
Help us learn to speak the truth
In love, so we grow more like you.

Mary,
You’re our perfect Mother –
Faith in God guides all you do.
Help us learn to trust the Father,
So we may rejoice, like you.

Spirit,
You’re our perfect Sister –
Comforter and Teacher, too.
Help us learn to keep on praying,
So we live as one with you.

Lord,
You are our perfect Father –
Good or bad, you bring us through.
Help us learn to keep on loving,
Then we will be more like you.

References

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

Mary responded, “Oh how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour!” (Luke 1:46-7; NLT).

We don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words (Romans 8:26; NLT).

You are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NLT).

When I’m terrified

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus

(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

Father,
When I’m terrified
You carry me all day;
Even when I’m hurt, or trapped,
Your Spirit helps me pray.

Father,
When my world’s upturned
You are my conscious choice;
Even when the future’s bleak,
My soul will still rejoice.

Father,
When disaster strikes
You bring good from all things;
So I will offer thanks to you,
Whatever my life brings.

References

The Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words (Romans 8:26; NLT).

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God (Romans 8:28; NRSV).

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you (Deuteronomy 31:8; NLT).

I love you

Hello, everyone. I’ve just discovered that yesterday’s post again only reached those who follow me by email. I don’t know why this happened, but will try to guard against it in future. Meanwhile, I’m re-posting that day’s prayer, so no one will miss out. I’m really sorry this happened.

How powerful you are, Lord God,
I love you.
My rock and refuge every day,
I love you.

May I walk in your narrow way,
I love you,
And always praise your name, and pray,
I love you.

How wonderful you are, Lord God,
I love you.
My teacher and my steadfast guide,
I love you.

May I give up all hate and pride,
I love you,
And always journey at your side,
I love you.

How glorious you are, Lord God,
I love you.
My advocate and comfort still,
I love you.

May I thank you for good and ill,
I love you,
And always try to do your will,
I love you.

References

God is all-powerful (Job 36:22; NLT).

He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me (Psalm 62:7; NLT).

The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is a wonderful teacher (Isaiah 28:29; NLT).

How glorious is our God! (Deuteronomy 32:3; NLT).

I will send you the Advocate [or Comforter] – the Spirit of truth (John 15:26; NLT).

Should we accept only good from the hand of God, and never anything bad? (Job 2:10; NLT).

I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

Forgiveness

Father God,
You give us being –
Part of you
And part of earth.

Jesus Christ,
You come to save us –
Sharing with us
From our birth.

Holy Ghost,
You are our essence –
Guide us; teach us
How to live.

Three-in-One,
You are our Godhead –
Heal us, comfort,
And forgive.

References

The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils; and man became a living person (Genesis 2:7; NLT).

He called you to salvation (2 Thessalonians 2:14; NLT).

We do not have a great high priest who is unable to empathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are (Hebrews 4:15; NLT).

He will give you another Advocate [Comforter, Encourager, Counsellor], who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth (John 14:16-17; NLT).

O God, you are my God (Psalm 63:1; NLT).

He comforts us in all our troubles (2 Corinthians 1:4; NLT).

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:2; NLT).

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Six words

 

Six words are sufficient
When we pray to God each day:
Lord, I praise your holy name –
That’s all we need to say.

Five words are sufficient
When we pray to God each day:
I rejoice in you, Lord –
And that’s all we need to say.

Four words are sufficient
When we pray to God each day:
I forgive my enemies –
That’s all we need to say.

Three words are sufficient
When we pray to God each day:
Forgive my sins; forgive my sins –
That’s all we need to say.

Two words are sufficient
When we pray to God each day:
Thank you; thank you; thank you –
And that’s all we need to say.

One word is sufficient
When we pray to God each day:
Father; Father; Father –
And that’s all we need to say.

No words are sufficient
When we pray to God each day,
So let us kneel in silence –
He knows all we need to say.

 

References

When you pray, don’t babble on and on (Matthew 6:7; NLT).

Praise his holy name (Psalm 30:4; NLT).

His name is the Lord – rejoice in his presence! (Psalm 68:4; NLT).

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

Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

All glory to God our Father forever and ever! (Philippians 4:20; NLT).

The Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words (Romans 8:26; NLT).

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

Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:1-4; NIV).