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.
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).
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).
As we kill, pollute, exploit
We’re moving backwards
All the time –
Back to the very dawn
Of this ancient world.
If we don’t repent
And change our ways,
We’ll render your fertile planet
Barren, flooded, and dark,
As fast as we can.
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.
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).
You can do anything you want –
Yet you must wait
Until we turn to you
And start to plead.
You can take anything you want –
Yet you look down
And watch us sin
In thought, and word, and deed.
You can stop anything you want –
Yet you hold back
While we destroy
The perfect world you made.
You can say anything you want –
Yet you must grieve
As we ignore
The precious Son you gave.
You can have anything you want –
And yet you long
For us to recognise
The One you sent.
You can do anything you want –
And yet you wait
For us to see what’s coming,
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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).