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Use me, Lord

 

Use me, Lord,
Exactly as you want to,

Help me to accept life,
Like your Son.

Let my constant prayer
Be his surrender:

Whatever you desire, 
Your will be done. 

 

References

Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me (Luke 9:23; NIV).

Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done (Luke 22:42; NIV).

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We cannot share your light

 

Lord,

We cannot share your light
Without your darkness.

We cannot share your peace
Without your pain. 

We cannot share your hope 
Without your sorrow.

We cannot share your way
Without your shame. 

We cannot share your truth 
Without your weeping.

We cannot share your faith
Without your loss. 

We cannot share your joy 
Without your anguish.

We cannot share your love 
Without your cross.

 

References 

I am the light of the world (John 8:12; NLT).

At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock (Matthew 27:45; NLT).

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

Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross (Mark 15:24; NLT).

His name will be the hope of all the world (Matthew 12:21; NLT).

He began to be sorrowful and troubled (Matthew 26:37; NLT).

I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6; NLT).

He endured the cross, disregarding its shame (Hebrews 12:2; NLT).

Then Jesus wept (John 11:35; NLT).

Father, into your hands I commit my spirit (Luke 23:46; NIV).

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).

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

He was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13; NIV).

Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me (Luke 9:23; NIV).

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You fill my heart

 

Lord, 
You fill my heart with faith,
Despite my trials and sorrows –
The gift of your baptising Holy Spirit. 

Lord, 
You fill my heart with hope,
Despite my blows and burdens –
The gift of your inspiring Holy Spirit.  

 Lord,
You fill my heart with joy,
Despite my sins and failures –  
The gift of your anointing Holy Spirit.

Lord,
You fill my heart with love,
Despite my griefs and troubles –
The fruit of your indwelling Holy Spirit.

 

References

It is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8; NIV).

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

He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit (Mark 1:8; NLT).

You alone are my hope (Psalm 71:5; NLT).

You will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; NLT).

Our hearts ache, but we always have joy (2 Corinthians 6:10; NLT).

The fruit of the Spirit is love (Galatians 5:22; NIV).

God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:38; NLT).

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

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Existence

 

Lord God, 

I pray for everyone
Who thinks you don’t exist –

For those 
Who never say a prayer,

For those 
Who do not seek you out,

For those who don’t know 
You must wait for us

And what 
They miss.

 

References 

Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1; NLT).

They never even think of me and my commands, says the Sovereign Lord (Ezekiel 22:12; NLT).

They […] wouldn’t think of praying to the Lord (Psalm 14:4; NLT).

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT). 

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

The Lord has done amazing things for us! What joy! (Psalm 126:3; NLT).

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You’re not difficult to love

 

Lord, 
You’re not difficult to love,
For you are full of mercy
And compassion.

Lord,
You’re not difficult to love,
For you are our forgiveness
And salvation.

Lord, 
You’re not difficult to love, 
For you bring peace
And reconciliation.

Lord,
You’re not difficult to love,
For you are our wellspring,
And our destination. 

 

References

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

You, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy (Psalm 86:15; NLT).

He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

With joy you will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation (Isaiah 12:3; NLT).

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

He gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:19; NL:T).

The wellspring of life is with you (Psalm 36:9; CSB).

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).

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

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Faith

 

Faith isn’t based 
On getting what we wish for,

But on trusting God, 
Whatever life may bring.

Faith isn’t based 
On getting what we long for,

But on thanking God, 
Whatever life may bring.

Faith isn’t based 
On getting what we ask for,

But on praising God, 
Whatever life may bring.

Faith isn’t based 
On getting what we pray for, 

But on loving God, 
Whatever life may bring.

 

References

My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will (Matthew 26:39; NIV).

Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God (John 14:1; NLT).

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

Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

I was given a thorn in my flesh. […] Three times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9; NLT).

The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord (Job 1:21; NLT).

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

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Beyond our understanding

 

Lord, 

You are beyond
Our understanding.

A ceaseless, towering fire; 
An infinite sea of grace.

A deep, protective darkness; 
A glorious, dazzling light.

A fathomless ocean of sorrow; 
A boundless, eternal peace.

A mysterious, measureless wisdom;
A sacred, absolute truth.

A terrible, blazing anger; 
A timeless, unfailing love.

 

References 

How great is God – beyond our understanding! (Job 36:26; NIV).

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

The grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people (Titus 2:11; NLT).

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

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

The wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God (1 Corinthians 2:7; NLT).

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

My anger blazes forth like fire and burns to the depths of the grave (Deuteronomy 32:22; NLT).

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

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