Look at your sorrow (with thanks to R.O.)

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1. Look at your sorrow,
Your pain, and your fear;
Then take God’s right hand,
For the Father is near.

2. Look at your body,
Your mind, and your heart;
Then take a step back,
And let God play his part.

3. Look at your setting,
Wherever you are;
Then move further back,
And observe from afar.

4. Look at your country,
Your continent, too;
Then shift further back,
For a much wider view.

5. Look at our planet,
The moon, stars, and sun;
Then go further back,
Till you see all is one.

6. Look at the universe,
God’s boundless space;
Then draw further back,
To behold his bright face.

7. Witness creation,
Christ’s birth, and God’s plan;
Then praise him forever,
And rest in his hand.

 


References

1. You reach out your hand, and the power of your right hand saves me (Psalm 138:7; NLT).

Though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

2. I hold you by your right hand – I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, “Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you” (Isaiah 41:13; NLT).

3,4. No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39; NLT).

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

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

They will see God’s face (Job 33:26; NIV).

7. This is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children (Ephesians 3:6; NLT).

I will praise you forever, O God (Psalm 52:9; NLT).

I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

The Lord will hold you in his hand (Isaiah 62:3; NLT).

Make life your prayer

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Pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

1. Make life your prayer,
And prayer, your life –
Then Christ will guide you
On his way.

2. Make work your prayer,
And prayer your work –
Then he will teach you
What to say.

3. Make rest your prayer,
And prayer, your rest –
Then Christ will help you
To forgive.

4. Make love your prayer,
And prayer your love –
Then he will show you
How to live.

I give myself to prayer (Psalm 109:4; NKJV).

 


References

1. He guides me along right paths (Psalm 23:3; NLT).

2. God will give you the right words at the right time (Matthew 10:19; NLT).

3. If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you (Matthew 6:14; NLT).

4. Teach me how to live, O Lord (Psalm 27:11; NLT).

Rest and remain

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1. Help me, Lord, to rest in you today:
To look for you
In all who come my way;
To be like you
In all I think and feel,
So I can help this broken world
To heal.

2. Help me to remain in you today:
To care, like you,
For all who come my way;
To be like you
In all I say and do,
So I can offer love to all,
Like you.

 


References

1. My soul finds rest in God (Psalm 62:1; NIV).

Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls (Matthew 11:28-9; NLT).

Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; NIV).

We live like Jesus here in this world (1 John 4:17; NLT).

Even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others (Mark 10:45; NLT).

2. Remain in me, and I will remain in you (John 15:4; NLT).

If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5; NLT).

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6; NIV).

Speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

Do everything with love (1 Corinthians 16:14; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Love the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; NKJV).

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

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

Safe place

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You have not handed me over to my enemies
but have set me in a safe place

(Psalm 31:8; NLT).

1. Breathe in Christ’s peace.

2. Bask in his light.

3. Drink in his truth.

4. Rest in his might.

5. Dance in his flames.

6. Wash in his blood.

7. Feast on his bread.

8. Live in his love.

Nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us
from the love of God that is revealed
in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39; NLT).


References

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

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you (John 14:27; NKJV).

2. God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).

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

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

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

4. The Lord your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed (Deuteronomy 10:17; NLT).

The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command (Hebrews 1:3; NLT).

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

I have come to set the world on fire (Luke 12:49; NLT).

6. “Go,” [Jesus] told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam.” So the man went and washed, and came home seeing (John 9:7; NIV).

The blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins ( Hebrews 9:14; NLT).

7. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! (Luke 12:24; NIV).

I am the living bread (John 6:51; NLT).

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

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

Night prayer

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I lie awake thinking of you,
meditating on you through the night
(Psalm 63:6; NLT).

1. In silent contemplation
I adore you,
Opening my heart and soul
Before you;

2. Sharing all my joy, and fear
And sorrow;
Ready, Lord, to start again,
Tomorrow.

3. In silent contemplation
I adore you,
Resting here, alone, and still,
Before you;

4. Sharing in your joy, and fear
And sorrow;
Ready, Lord, to start again,
Tomorrow.


References

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

We adore you as the one who is over all things (1 Chronicles 29:11; NLT).

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

2. Pray about everything (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

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

When I awake, I am still with you (Psalm 139:18; NIV).

3. Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

When you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private (Matthew 6:6; NLT).

Be still in the presence of the Lord (Psalm 37:7; NLT).

4. If we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering (Romans 8:17; NLT).

His mercies begin afresh each morning (Lamentations 3:22; NLT).

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past (Isaiah 43:18; NIV).

Loving you

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

1. Lord,
I share my joy with you,
Loving you with all my mind,
Worshipping your holy name,
And praising you, for you are kind.

2. Lord,
I share my fear with you,
Loving you with all my might,
Putting all my faith in you,
And clinging to you day and night.

3. Lord,
I share my sin with you,
Loving you with all my heart,
Trusting in your clemency,
And knowing you will take my part.

4. Lord,
I share my pain with you,
Loving you with all my soul,
Resting in your tender arms,
And trusting you to make me whole.

 


References

1. Love the Lord your God […] with all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Your name is holy! (Psalm 99:3; NLT). 

How kind the Lord is! (Psalm 116:5; NLT). 

2. Love the Lord your God […] with all your might (Deuteronomy 6:5; RSV).

Your mercy is so plentiful (Psalm 69:16; NLT).

I cling to you (Psalm 63:8; NLT).

3. Love the Lord your God with all your heart (Deuteronomy 6:5; RSV).

He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:2-4; NLT).

4. Love the Lord your God […] with all your soul (Deuteronomy 6:5; RSV).

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

His hands make whole (Job 5:18; NKJV).

Hidden with Christ

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1. Father,
May I sing forever,
Hidden with Christ,
In darkness.

2. Father,
May I rest forever,
Hidden with Christ,
Anew.

3. Father,
May I pray forever,
Hidden with Christ,
In silence.

4. Father,
May I live forever,
Hidden with Christ,
In you.


References

1. Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings (Psalm 63:7; NLT).

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

2. Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

He has created us anew in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:10; NLT).

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

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

4. Let me live forever in your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of your wings (Psalm 61:4; NLT).

You died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3; NLT).

May I live in you

Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them
(1 John 4:16; NIV).


1. Father,
May I live in you,
Following your Son
Along the way.

2. Father,
May I trust in you,
Praying in your Spirit
Every day.

3. Father,
May I hide in you,
Rejoicing in your presence
And your peace.

4. Father,
May I rest in you,
Knowing we are one, Lord,
Without cease.


References

1. In him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28, NIV).

Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24; NLT).

2. Trust in God and trust also in me (John 14:1; NLT).

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion (Ephesians 6:18; NLT).

3. Your life is now hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3; NIV).

Rejoice in his presence (Psalm 68:4; NLT).

You will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand (Philippians 4:7; NLT).

4. My soul finds rest in God (Psalm 62:1; NIV).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

Pray constantly

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Pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17; RSV).


1. Pray constantly,
By living in God’s presence.

2. Pray constantly,
By resting in his peace.

3. Pray constantly,
By sharing in his sorrows.

4. Pray constantly,
By praising without cease.


References

1. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

2. I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart (John 14:27; NLT).

3. You will indeed drink from my bitter cup and be baptised with my baptism of suffering (Mark 10:39; NLT).

If we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering (Romans 8:17; NLT).

4. Praise him forever! (Psalm 111:10; NLT).

His praise will always be on my lips (Psalm 34:1; NIV).

You shield me

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This short dialogue is the starting-point for today’s prayer:

Moses: Show me your glorious presence.

God: I will make all my goodness pass before you. But you may not look directly at my face, for no one may see me and live. Look, stand near me on this rock. As my glorious presence passes by, I will hide you in the crevice of the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by (Exodus 33:18-22; NLT).


1. With thick clouds, Lord, you shield me
From your glory,
While you dwell within my flesh,
To give me life.

2. With shadows, you protect me
From your brilliance,
While you dwell within my mind,
To give me light.

3. With darkness, you preserve me
From your power,
While you dwell within my heart,
To give me rest;

4. And though my anguish
Blinds me to your presence,
You dwell within my soul,
So I am blest.


References

1. Thick clouds swirl about him (Job 22:14; NIV).

God is my shield (Psalm 7:10; NLT).

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

He himself gives life and breath to everything (Acts 17:25; NLT).

2. He has hidden me in the shadow of his hand (Isaiah 49:2; NLT).

He […] protects those who suffer (Job:11; NLT).

His face was like the sun in all its brilliance (Revelation 1:16; NLT).

The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness (Psalm 18:28; NLT).

3. He shrouded himself in darkness (2 Samuel 22:12; NLT).

The Lord preserves the simple (Psalm 116:6; RSV).

All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his (Jude 1:25; NLT).

I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

4. How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? (Psalm 13:2; NLT).

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? (Psalm 22:1; NLT).

My eyes are blinded by my tears (Psalm 88:9; NLT).

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

God blesses those who are poor in spirit, and realise their need for him (Matthew 5:3; NLT).

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation (James 1:12; NLT).