I seek you

He sent his own Son in a body
like the bodies we sinners have
(Romans 8:3; NLT).

I seek you in my body, Lord,
And find you in my weariness,
And pain.

I seek you in my thinking, Lord,
And find you in my sinfulness,
And shame.

I seek you in my feelings, Lord,
And find you in my emptiness,
And loss.

I seek you in my spirit, Lord,
And find you in my journey,
And my cross.

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).


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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To seek is to find

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

To seek is to find;
To loose is to bind.

To lend is to store;
To fall is to soar.

To doubt is to know;
To fail is to grow.

To leave is to stay;
To wait is to pray.

To have is to give;
To die is to live.

Those who die in the Lord will live;
their bodies will rise again!
(Isaiah 26:19; NLT).


May I be born again

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God” (John 3:3; NLT).

Lord,
May I be born again,
Not once, but every day,
Then I’ll walk beside you,
Fearing nothing, come what may.

Lord,
May I be born again,
Not once, but every day,
Then I’ll grow like you
In all I think, and do, and say. 

Lord,
May I be born again,
Not once, but every day,
Then I’ll trust that you
Will seek me, every time  I stray. 

Lord,
May I be born again,
Not once, but every day,
Then I’ll thank you, praise, rejoice,
And never cease to pray. 

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NLT).


Failing

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever (Psalm 73:26; NLT).

Lord,
My health is failing:
I’m weary, slow, and lame.

Please help me still to walk with you,
Rejoice,
And praise your name. 

My spirit, Lord, is failing:
Forgetful, sad,
And weak.

Please help me still to wait for you,
To listen, pray,
And seek.

Yet, still, my heart is strong, Lord:
Forever,
We are one.

Please help me to accept my lot
With thanks:
Your will be done. 

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

If I never lay my cross down


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

Father,

If I never lay my cross down,
If I never pause to rest,
If I never try to pray:
I’ll never bear each test.

If I never stop to listen,
If I never care to seek,
If I never wait on you:
I’ll never hear you speak. 

If I never ask forgiveness,
If I never feel remorse,
If I never start afresh:
I’ll never stay the course. 

If I never spread your Gospel,
If I never praise your grace,
If I never worship you:
I’ll never see your face.

If I never share your body,
If I never taste your blood,
If I never strive to follow Christ:
I’ll never know your love.

Those who wish to boast should boast in this alone:
that they truly know me
and understand that I am the Lord,
who demonstrates unfailing love
(Jeremiah 9:24; NLT).

Your arms

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

Lord,

Your arms are wrapped
around us all;

But you hold us
so gently

That unless we seek you earnestly
each day,

We may not recognise
your constant presence.

Suddenly, their eyes were opened,
and they recognised him
(Luke 24:31; NLT).

Hold me fast

Image: Zac Durant, Unsplash


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Your right hand will hold me fast
(Psalm 139:10; NIV).

1. Hold me fast
When I forget you.

2. Hold me, Father,
When I stray.

3. Hold me close
When I am weary.

4. Hold me
When I cannot pray.

5. Hold me safe
When I’m in danger.

6. Hold me, Father,
When I cry.

7. Hold me tight
When I’m in pain,

8. And hold me, Lord,
When I must die.

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References

1. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle by the farthest sea, even there your hand will guide me; your right hand will hold me fast (Psalm 139:9-10; BSB).

2. I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands (Psalm 119:176; NIV).

3. The Lord will hold me close (Psalm 27:10; NLT).

4. 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).

We do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; RSV).

5. You hold me safe beyond the reach of my enemies (Psalm 18:48; NLT).

6. Hear my prayer, O Lord; let my cry come to you (Psalm 102:1; ESV).

7. I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely (Psalm 63:8; NLT).

I am suffering and in pain (Psalm 69:29; NLT).

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

8. All of us must die eventually (2 Samuel 14:14; NLT).

Our God is a God who saves! The Sovereign Lord rescues us from death (Psalm 68:20; NLT).

I seek you (for Mags)

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Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice (Psalm 55:17; KJV).

1. I seek you when I wake, Lord,
At midday,
And after noon:

Please hear my sighs,
Draw near to me,
And bring me comfort, soon.

2. I search for you each evening, Lord,
And long for you
Each night:

Please see my tears,
And come to me,
So I may glimpse your light.

3. I thirst for you unceasingly,
And crave
Your warm embrace:

Please heed my cries,
And take me home –
Then I will see your face.

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord (Jeremiah 29:13-14; NIV).

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References

1. In the morning I earnestly seek for God (Isaiah 26:9; NLT).

In the multitude of my thoughts within me, thy comforts delight my soul (Psalm 94:19; ASV).

2. All night long I search for you (Isaiah 26:9; NLT).

For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine (Isaiah 9:2; NLT).

3. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him? (Psalm 42:2; NLT).

So he returned to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him (Luke 15:20; NLT).

The dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NLT).

Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).