I seek you

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Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed

(Luke 5:16; NIV).

1. I seek you, Lord, in darkness,
The birthplace of your light.
This is where I want to pray with you
Throughout each night.

2. I seek you in the mountains,
The bedrock of your faith.
This is where I want to pray with you
And grow in grace.

3. I seek you in the desert,
The wellspring of your peace.
This is where I want to pray with you
And never cease.

4. I seek you in my mind and heart,
My soul, my bones, my blood.
This is where I want to pray with you,
And learn to love.

 


References

1. He prayed to God all night (Luke 6:12; NLT).

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

2. Jesus went up on a mountain to pray (Luke 6:12; NLT).

Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18; NIV).

3. He departed thence in a boat, into a desert place (Matthew 13:14; WEB).

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

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

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

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

Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong (Ephesians 3:17; NLT).

Darkness (#1 of 2 linked prayers)

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If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light,
trust in the Lord and rely on your God
(Isaiah 50:10; NLT).


1. I seek you in my body,
But find darkness.

2. I seek you in my mind,
But faith has fled.

3. I seek you in my heart,
But love lies broken.

4. I seek you in my soul,
But hope seems dead.


The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it
(John 1:5; NLT).


References

1. Darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88:18; NLT).

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

3. My heart is broken (Lamentations 1:20; NLT).

4.  All hope is gone (Ezekiel 37:11; NLT).

I seek you

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If you seek him, you will find him
(1 Chronicles 28:9; NLT).

1. Living God,
I seek you in my mind,
So I may know your presence
Every day.

2. Son of Man,
I seek you in my heart,
So we can walk together, talk,
And pray.

3. Counsellor,
I seek you in my soul,
For I can’t live without your strength
And love.

4. Lord,
May we be one for evermore,
In mind, and heart, and soul;
In flesh, and blood.


References

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

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

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

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

3. The Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things (John 14:26; CSB).

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

He will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit (Ephesians 3:16; NLT).

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

4. I pray […] that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity (John 17:20-23; NIV).

God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us” (Genesis 1:26; NLT).

You are the children of the living God (Hosea 1:10; NLT).

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5; NKJV).

I will give them one heart (Jeremiah 32:39; NLT).

We all share the same Spirit 1 Corinthians 12:13; NLT).

There is one body (Ephesians 4:4; NLT).

In Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body (Colossians 2:9; NLT).

Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you (John 6:53; NLT).

In silence

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

1. In silence, Lord,
I start afresh,
By seeking you
With every breath.

2. In stillness, Lord,
I try again,
By whispering
Your holy name.

3. In solitude,
I aim, once more,
To find you, Lord,
And to adore.

4. In darkness, Lord,
I hope anew,
And, reaching out,
I wait for you.


References

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

Search for the Lord (Psalm 105:4; NLT).

2. Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10; NIV).

Yahweh is his name (Exodus 15:3; NLT).

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

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

We adore you (1 Chronicles 29:11; NLT).

4. Sit now in darkness (Isaiah 47:5; NLT).

I will put my hope in God (Psalm 42:5; NLT).

Reach out for him (Acts 17:27; NIV).

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

I pray for all

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

1. Lord,
I pray for all the sick,
For those who tend and care;
For all the dying, all the dead,
And those left 
In despair.

2. Lord,
I pray for all who search
For your beloved Son;
And those who don’t believe in you,
Though you love everyone.


References

1. Pray for one another (James 5:16; NLT).

My grief is beyond healing; my heart is broken (Jeremiah 8:18; NLT).

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

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

Action prayer (dedicated to M.R.)

Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for.
Keep on seeking, and you will find.
Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you
(Luke 11:9; NLT).


Lift arms, palms upward

1. Lord,
I’m reaching up to you,
Asking help
From heaven above.


Arms in front, palms upward

2. Lord,
I’m reaching out to you,
Seeking peace of mind,
And love.


Cross arms on chest. Tap one hand on shoulder

3. Lord,
I’m reaching inward, too,
Knocking on your door
Within.


Open arms wide, as if on a cross

4. Lord,
At last, I’m finding you:
Over, in, through
Everything!


References

1. He will send help from heaven to rescue me (Psalm 57:3; NLT).

2. The Kingdom of God is near (Mark:1:15; NLT).

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

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

Many more

Because of his words many more became believers
(John 4:41; NIV).

1. I pray that many more
Will come to seek you,
Son of Man,
And find great faith
By following your steps
The best they can.

2. I pray that many more
Will come to trust you,
Prince of Peace,
And find great joy
In thanking you,
And praising without cease.

3. I pray that many more
Will come to love you,
Chosen One,
And find great hope
Through helping others
Know you as God’s Son.


References

1. You will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all soul (Deuteronomy 4:29; NIV).

The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28; 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).

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

He will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6; NIV).

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

3. May God’s grace be eternally upon all who love our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 6:24; NLT).

Teach them to know the truth that shows them how to live godly lives (Titus 1:1; NLT).

Then a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him” (Luke 9:35; NLT).

Love

Commit everything you do to the Lord.
Trust him, and he will help you
(Psalm 37:5; NLT).

1. Lord,
Help me not to sin today
In all I do, and think,
And say.

2. Instead,
Please make me more like you
In all I say, and think,
And do.

3. May I see you
In those I meet,
And show your love
To everyone,

4. So, Lord, they may
Glimpse you in me,
And, turning inwards,
Seek your Son.


References

1. Keep your servant from deliberate sins! (Psalm 19:13; NLT).

2. The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

I am determined not to sin in what I say (Psalm 17:3; NLT).

We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5; NIV).

Always try to do good to each other and to all people (1Thessalonians 5:15; NLT).

3. Show them your love (2 Corinthians 8:24; NLT).

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

Be kind to everyone (2 Timothy 2:24; NLT).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).

4. Whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus (Colossians 3:17; NLT).

He uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume (2 Corinthians 2:14; NLT).

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

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

The Lord within (#1 of 2 linked prayers)

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Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for.
Keep on seeking, and you will find.
Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you
(Matthew 7:7; NLT).

1. If we seek the Lord within,
He promises we’ll find.

2. If we knock upon his door
It opens: he is kind.

3. If we ask the Father’s help,
He hears us when we plead.

4. If we love the Lord our God
He gives us all we need.

References

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

Everyone who seeks, finds (Matthew 7:7; NLT).

2. To everyone who knocks, the door will be opened (Matthew 7:8; NLT).

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

3. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us (1 John 5:14; NIV).

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

Everyone who asks, receives (Matthew 7:8; NLT).

God will generously provide all you need (2 Corinthians 9:8; NLT).

Closer


1. Help me lean towards you, Lord,
Closer to your thoughts,
So I may glimpse the wisdom
Of your mind.

2. Help me grow towards you, Lord,
Closer to your heart,
So I may share your love
For humankind.

3. Help me move towards you, Lord,
Closer to your soul,
So I may leave
My sinful self behind.

4. Help me run towards you, Lord,
So we may reunite,
For you have promised:
Seek, and you will find.

References

1. Come closer and listen to the words of the Lord your God (Joshua 3:9; CSB).

2. 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).

3. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you (James 4:8; CSB).

Get rid of your sins, and leave all iniquity behind you (Job 11:14; NLT).

4. Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us (Hebrews 12:1; NLT).

If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you (Jeremiah 29:13-14; NLT).

Seek and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NIV).