We look for you

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

1. Lord,
We look for you
Beyond ourselves:

2. Searching,
Longing,

3. Thirsting
Day by day;

4. When all the time
You dwell, Lord God,
Within us:

5. For you are
Our soul,

6. Our life, our truth,
Our way.

References

1. God looks down from heaven on all mankind (Psalm 53:2; NIV).

2. All night long I search for you; in the morning I earnestly seek for God (Isaiah 26:9; NLT).

I long for you, O God (Psalm Psalm 42:1; NLT).

3. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God (Psalm 42:2; NKJV).

Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer (Psalm 22;2; NLT).

4. You are the temple of the living God (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

5. There is a spirit within people, the breath of the Almighty within them (Job 32:8; NLT).

You have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you (1 John 2:27; NLT).

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

6. I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6; NLT).

Our way of life


You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self […];
to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self,
created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
(Ephesians 4:22-4; NIV).

1. Father God,
May constant prayer
Become our way of life.

2. Father,
May the search for peace and truth
Be our delight.

3. Father,
May our simple acts of care
Set hearts aflame.

4. Father,
May we spread your love,
So others bless your name.

References

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

You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence (Psalm 16:11; NLT).

2. Search for peace, and work to maintain it (Psalm 34:14; NLT).

Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone (Romans 12:18; NLT).

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

The meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace (Psalm 37:11; NKJV).

3. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love (Hebrews 10:24; NLT).

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

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

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

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

May everyone on earth bless his holy name forever and ever (Psalm 145:21; NLT).

Pilgrimage (#2 of 2 linked prayers)

Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
(Psalm 84:5; NIV).

1. May I live, Lord,
In your strength,
Throughout my pilgrimage
On earth.

2. May I wander
In your mind,
Discovering
Your Son’s great worth.

3. May I search, Lord,
In your heart,
Until I find
Your Spirit’s grace.

4. May I shelter
In your soul,
So I can gaze
On your dear face.

References

1. The Lord is my strength (Exodus 15:2; NLT).

2. This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to him (Mark 9:7; NLT).

3. Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT).

4. Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1; NLT).

I gaze on you in the sanctuary to see your strength and your glory (Psalm 63:2; CSB).

I will see you face to face and be satisfied (Psalm 17:15; NLT).

Prayer

1. I praise you, Lord,
And plead with you;
Worship you,
And wait for you.

2. I serve you, Lord,
And search for you;
Honour you,
And hope in you.

3. I trust you, Lord,
And thirst for you;
Cherish you,
And cry to you.

4. I love you, Lord,
And long for you;
Rejoice in you,
And run to you.

References

1. I praise you, O Lord (Psalm 119:12; NLT).
I plead for the Lord’s mercy (Psalm 142:1; NLT).
I worship the Lord (Jonah 1:9; NLT).
I wait for you (Psalm 59:9; NLT).

2. I serve you (Psalm 86:2; NLT).
I search for you (Isaiah 26:9; NLT).
I honour my Father (John 8:49; NLT).
I put my hope in you (Psalm 25:5; NLT).

3. I trust in you, my God (Psalm 25:2; NLT).
I thirst for God (Psalm 42:2; NLT).
We adore you (1 Chronicles 29:11; NLT).
I cry to you (Psalm 61:2; NLT).

4. I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).
I long for you, O God (Psalm 42:1; NLT).
I rejoice in the Lord (Psalm 104:34; NLT).
I run to you (Psalm 143:9; NLT).

Be mine

Be mine,
By loving me completely;

Be mine,
By following my Son.

Be mine,
By caring for your neighbour;

Be mine,
By loving everyone.

Be mine,
By seeking me each morning;

Be mine,
By searching for my face.

Be mine,
By growing more like Jesus;

Be mine –
And share the riches of my grace.

References

They shall be mine, says the Lord of Hosts (Malachi 3:17; ESV).

Follow the way of love (1 Corinthians 14:1; NIV).

In him we have redemption through his blood […] according to the riches of his grace which he lavished upon us (Ephesians 1:7-8; RSV).

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).

When we lose you

Jesus, 
When we lose you   
In our troubles,
May we search until
We find your peace.

Spirit,
When we lose you 
In our sorrow,
May we search until
We share your love.

Mary,
When we lose you
In our sickness,
May we search until 
We know your grace. 

Father,
When we lose you
In our darkness, 
May we search
Until we see your face.

 

References 

O God, you are my God. I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you (Psalm 63:1; NLT).

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

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT). 

Peace I leave you; my peace I give you (John 14:27; NIV).

He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love (Romans 5:5; NLT).

Here is your mother (John 19:27; NLT). 

Now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; KJV).