May we all repent

Each of you must repent and turn to God, and be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; NLT).

Father,
May we all repent,
And turn to you, our Lord;
Then be baptised
In Jesus’ name,
As he forgives our sin.

Father,
May we all receive
Your gift: the Holy Ghost;
Take up our cross,
And follow Christ,
And try to grow like him.

Father,
May we all give up
Our hateful, selfish ways;
Put others first,
Accept your will,
And serve you all our days.

🖤

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).

My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done (Matthew 26:42; NIV).

Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all (Mark 9:35; NIV).


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).

 


Moving backwards

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden
to work it and take care of it (Genesis 2:15; NIV).

Lord,
As we kill, pollute, exploit
And burn,
We’re moving backwards
All the time –
Back to the very dawn
Of this ancient world.

Lord,
If we don’t repent
And change our ways,
We’ll render your fertile planet
Lifeless –
Barren, flooded, and dark,
As fast as we can.

Lord,
With blind eyes, closed minds
And greedy hearts,
We’re blundering back
To the start of evolution.
Empty, extinct, formless and void –
This Earth will cease to exist.

Then,
All will be as it was
Before creation –
Before your Spirit
Brooded over the deep;
Before you spoke, Lord,
Long before time began.

✝️

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day (Genesis 1:1-5; KJV).

 


Maker of land

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden
to work it and take care of it (Genesis 2:15; NIV).

Maker of land, and sea,
And sky:
We have done wrong;
May we lament.

Author of darkness, cloud,
And fire:
Lord, we have sinned;
May we repent.

Sender of drought, disease,
And flood:
Teach us to care,
And change, as well,

For you give us birth, and life
And death:
But we turn your Eden
Into our hell.

✝️

The end of the world is coming soon (1 Peter 4:7; NLT).

 


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).

 


I sigh

The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden
to tend and watch over it.
(Genesis 2:15; NLT).

Father, I sigh,
Because we’re abusing
Your planet.

Father, I cry,
Because we’re exploiting
The weak.

Father, I mourn,
Because we’re ill-treating
Our bodies.

Father, I grieve,
Because this world’s future
Is bleak.

❤️

The end of the world is coming soon.
(1 Peter 4:7; NLT).

 


 

There is no mercy (with thanks to A.K.)

If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent (Matthew 12:7; NIV). 

There is no mercy
In our minds
When we condemn
The meek.

There is no justice
In our hearts
When we abuse
The weak.

There is no pity
In our souls
When we exploit
The poor. 

Lord,
Stir our spirits
To repent,
Till love becomes
Our law.

🤍

Whoever loves others has fulfilled the law
(Romans 13:8; NIV).


May others glimpse your light (#2 of 2 linked prayers)


Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them … “You are the light of the world”
(Matthew 5:1-2,14; NLT).

1. Lord,
May others glimpse your light,

2. Your fire, peace, truth and love
In me,

3. So they will seek you, Lord,
Repent,

4. Take up their cross
And follow thee.

“Come follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men”
(Mark 1:17; BSB).


References

1. God is light (1 John 1:5; NLT).

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

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

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

God is love (1 John 4:8; NLT).

3. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me (Jeremiah 29:13; NLT).

Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near (Matthew 4:17; NLT).

4. Then he said to the crowd, “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).

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You can do anything

Image: pilgrimpassing, Pixabay


🖤

God is all-powerful (Job 36:22; NLT).

1. Lord,
You can do anything you want –
Yet you must wait
Until we turn to you
And start to plead.

2. Lord,
You can take anything you want –
Yet you look down
And watch us sin
In thought, and word, and deed.

3. Lord,
You can stop anything you want –
Yet you hold back
While we destroy
The perfect world you made.

4. Lord,
You can say anything you want –
Yet you must grieve
As we ignore
The precious Son you gave.

5. Lord,
You can have anything you want –
And yet you long
For us to recognise
The One you sent.

6. Lord,
You can do anything you want –
And yet you wait
For us to see what’s coming,
And repent.

Image: ArtTower, Pixabay


References

1. You can do anything, and no plan of yours can be thwarted (Job 42:1-2; CSB).

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

I cry out to the Lord; I plead for the Lord’s mercy (Psalm 142:1; NLT).

2. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away (Job 1:21; CSB). 

God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded back from you” (Luke 12:20; NET).

The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race (Psalm 14:2; NLT).

The Lord knows people’s thoughts (Psalm 94:11; NLT).

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

You know everything I do (Psalm 139:3; NLT).

3. All the peoples of the earth are nothing compared to him. He does as he pleases among the angels of heaven and among the people of the earth. No one can stop him or say to him, “What do you mean by doing these things?” (Daniel 4:35; NLT).

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; NLT).

God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good (Genesis 1:31; NLT).

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it (Genesis 2:15; NIV).

4. The one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them. Then in anger he rebukes them, terrifying them with his fierce fury (Psalm 2:4-5; NLT).

They rebelled against him and grieved his Holy Spirit (Isaiah 63:10; NLT).

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).

5. If I were hungry, I would not call you, for all the world is mine and everything in it (Psalm 50:12; NLT).

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

He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognise him (John 1:10; NLT).

6. “I will cause the sun’s shadow to move ten steps backward on the sundial of Ahaz!” So the shadow on the sundial moved backward ten steps (Isaiah 38:8; NLT).

I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on earth will die (Genesis 6:17; NLT).

After seven days, the waters of the flood came and covered the earth (Genesis 7:10; NLT).

The end of the world is coming soon (1 Peter 4:7; NLT).

Repent of your sins and turn to God for the Kingdom of Heaven is near (Matthew 3:2; NLT).