Don’t let prayer become a burden


Jesus said, “Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
(Matthew 11:28-30; NLT).

Don’t let prayer become a burden;
Don’t let prayer become a chore:
Listen to the Spirit’s prompting –
Silence is your inner core.

Take it slowly. Take it gently.
Keep it honest; not too long:
One with God in deep communion –
Though you’re weak, your prayers are strong.

Revel in your intercessions;
Pray for those who cross your path,
Begging God to bless and heal them –
Don’t let this become a “task”.

For yourself, ask God to help you
Face, and bear, his perfect will
With humble thanks, and great rejoicing –
Knowing that he loves you, still.

Pray that many unbelievers
Meet Christ Jesus, hear his call,
Repent, and turn to him each day –
Believing that God loves us all.

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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).


Christ’s way

Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for.
(Luke 11:9; NLT).

If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways,
take up your cross daily, and follow me.
(Luke 9:23; NLT).

Lord God,
I want to follow Christ:

Please help me to turn away
From sin,

To bear my cross
Both night and day,

To pray, rejoice,
And grow like him.

🖤

We will be like him (1 John 3:2; NLT).

 


Christmas Day 2021

The star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy (Matthew 2:9-10; NLT).

Keep following Christ’s shining star,
Rejoicing in his precious birth.

Keep thanking God for our great gift:
His Son, sent down to live on earth.

Keep walking in Christ’s humble steps,
Delighting in his narrow way.

Keep serving him the best you can:
Then you will be like him, one day.

✝️

 We will be like him (1 John 3:2; NLT).

 


Every day

When I wake up, you are still with me.
(Psalm 139:18; NLT).

Evening and morning and at noon I will pray,
and cry aloud, and he shall hear my voice.
(Psalm 55:17; NKJV).

🖤

Every day, as I wake up, Lord,
May I greet you straightaway.

Morning, afternoon and evening,
May I worship you, and pray.

Every night, before I slumber,
May I thank you, and rejoice,

Then, whilst all is dark and quiet,
May I hear your still, small voice.

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Every day, as I awake, Lord,
May I hear you speak once more.

Morning, afternoon and evening,
May I ponder, and explore

All you said. Before I settle
May I thank you for your care,

Then, each night, when all is silent,
May I talk with you, in prayer.

🖤

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

 


Love

Let love be your highest goal.
(1 Corinthians 14:1; NLT).

1. Love, repentance, faith:
Each day
May these form
My narrow way.

2. Love, forgiveness, patience,
Prayer:
May these be
My constant care.

3. Love, rejoicing, kindness,
Peace:
May my striving
Never cease.

4. Love in thought, and word,
And deed:
May your life
Become my creed.

🖤

Jesus told him,
“I am the way, the truth, and the life.”
(John 14:6; NLT).

Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love –
and the greatest of these is love.
(1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

 


Like God, like me

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
(Colossians 1:15; NLT).

He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have.
(Romans 8:3; NLT).

Like God, like me,
But free from sin,

Living, loving,
Deep within,

Jesus Christ,
My Shepherd King:

You make my soul
Rejoice and sing!

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My lips shall shout for joy!
My soul, which you have redeemed, sings praises to you!
(Psalm 71:23; HNV).

 


Whatever I must face

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

You must grow in the grace and knowledge
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
(2 Peter 3:18; NLT).

Lord,
Whatever I must I face,
I want to grow in truth and grace;
To shine your light in every place:
I love you. 

Lord,
Whatever comes each day,
I want to take your selfless way;
To thank you, praise, rejoice, and say:
I love you.

Lord,
Whatever life may bring,
I want to follow you, my King;
To worship you, exalt, and sing:
I love you.

Lord,
Whatever I must bear,
I want to serve you everywhere;
To bear my cross, and still declare:
I love you. 

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If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.
(Luke 9:23; NLT).

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).


May I be born again

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God” (John 3:3; NLT).

Lord,
May I be born again,
Not once, but every day,
Then I’ll walk beside you,
Fearing nothing, come what may.

Lord,
May I be born again,
Not once, but every day,
Then I’ll grow like you
In all I think, and do, and say. 

Lord,
May I be born again,
Not once, but every day,
Then I’ll trust that you
Will seek me, every time  I stray. 

Lord,
May I be born again,
Not once, but every day,
Then I’ll thank you, praise, rejoice,
And never cease to pray. 

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NLT).


Failing

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever (Psalm 73:26; NLT).

Lord,
My health is failing:
I’m weary, slow, and lame.

Please help me still to walk with you,
Rejoice,
And praise your name. 

My spirit, Lord, is failing:
Forgetful, sad,
And weak.

Please help me still to wait for you,
To listen, pray,
And seek.

Yet, still, my heart is strong, Lord:
Forever,
We are one.

Please help me to accept my lot
With thanks:
Your will be done. 

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).