I breathe you in


I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 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 17:20-21; NLT).

1. I breathe you in, Lord,
Breathe you out:
We share this fragile body.

2. I breathe you in, Lord,
Breathe you out:
Your presence makes me whole.

3. I breathe you in, Lord,
Breathe you out:
We live in love forever.

4. I breathe you in, Lord,
Breathe you out:
One Spirit, in one soul.

References

1. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person (Genesis 2:7; NLT).

He knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

There is one body and one Spirit (Ephesians 4:4; NLT).

2. The Lord God is my strength (Isaiah 12:2; NLT).

With your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall (2 Samuel 22:30; NIV).

3. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

4. God is Spirit (John 4:24; NLT).

We all share the same Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13; NLT).

Awestruck

1. Lord,
You overwhelm me
With your power.

2. I am afraid.
Silenced.
Awestruck.

3. I want to run away,
But cannot move,
And there is nowhere to hide.

4. I am nothing.
You are all:
Lord, save me!

5. Yet despite my fear,
I love you so much,
And know that you love me.

6. Therefore,
I dare
To worship you.

 

References

1. The Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth (Psalm 47:2; NIV).

2. It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:31; NIV).

3. “Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the Lord. “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” (Jeremiah 23:24; NIV).

4. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10; NIV).

The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us!” (Matthew 8:25; NIV).

6. Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise (Psalm 52:15; NIV).

My prayers

1. May my prayers
Be honest, Lord.
May I seek you
Ceaselessly,

2. Loving you
With all my strength,
And serving you
Wholeheartedly.

3. May my prayers
Be constant, Lord.
May I see each foe
As friend,

4. Rejoicing in
Your presence, Lord,
And thanking you
For all you send.

 

References

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

Seek the Lord your God with all your heart and soul (1 Chronicles 22:19; NLT).

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

You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him (Luke 4:8; NLT).

3. Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

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

Be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NLT).

Silence

After praying for others,
Then for myself,
I worship quietly.

Slowly, words dwindle;
Thoughts die away;
My breathing slows,

And in a silence beyond words,
Far beyond thought,
I enter your presence.

Here, I absorb your light and your love;
Receive your forgiveness and healing;
Drink in your strength and peace.

Here, you show me
All I need to learn.

Father,
My soul is united with yours.
You are all that matters.
May this moment never end.

My heart belongs to you.
My life is in your hands.
Do with me as you will.

References

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

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

Let it be to me according to your word (Luke 1:38; NRSV).

When I’m with a neighbour (3)

 

Working on the linked prayers blogged on 6.5.19. and 7.5.19. showed me that seeing God in others, and others seeing God in us, is one and the same, for we are all one in God, and God is one in us.

 

When I’m with a neighbour
May I recognise
Your presence in us both,
For we are one, Lord, in your eyes.

When I greet a stranger
May I seek and find
Your presence in us both,
For we are one, Lord, in your mind.

When I meet a foreigner
May I understand
Your presence in us both,
For we are one, Lord, in your hand.

When somebody hurts me
May I grasp anew
Your presence in us both,
For we are one, Lord God, in you.

 

References

You are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NLT).

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).

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

Your presence in me (2)

The blogs posted today and yesterday are mirror images. Today’s is about other people seeing God in us. Yesterday’s was about us seeing God in others.

 

When I’m with a neighbour
May they recognise
Your presence in me, Lord,
So they will see you in my eyes.

When I greet a stranger
May they seek and find
Your presence in me, Lord,
As they discover you are kind.

When I meet a foreigner
May they understand
Your presence in me, Lord,
Then they will gladly take my hand.

When somebody hurts me
May they grasp anew
Your presence in me, Lord,
When I forgive them, just like you.

 

References

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

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Col 3:11; NLT).

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

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

Show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

Pray for those who hurt you (Luke 6:28; NLT).

Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing (Luke 23:34; NLT).

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it (Hebrews 13:2; NIV).

Your presence in others (1)

The blogs posted today and tomorrow are mirror images. Today’s is about us seeing God in other people. Tomorrow’s will be about other people seeing God in us.

 

When I’m with a neighbour
May I recognise
Your presence in them, Lord,
Then I will see you in their eyes.

When I greet a stranger
May I keep in mind
Your presence in them, Lord,
So I will search for you, and find.

When I meet a foreigner
May I understand
Your presence in them, Lord,
Then I will offer them my hand.

When somebody hurts me
May I recollect
Your presence in them, Lord,
As I forgive, and reconnect.

 

References

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

Their eyes were opened, and they recognised him (Luke 24:31; NLT).

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Col 3:11; NLT).

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

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

Show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it (Hebrews 13:2; NIV).