What is prayer?

We do not know how to pray as we ought.
(Romans 8:26; NRSV).

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

Prayer is sharing every thought,
Sensation, feeling, word and deed
With God.

Prayer is sharing all our weakness,
Judgement, sin and selfishness
With God.

Prayer is sharing stillness, silence,
Darkness, need and loneliness
With God.

Prayer is sharing all our joys and sorrows,
Pain, fear, life and death
With God.

Prayer is listening, trusting, loving –
Facing all we undergo
With God.

Yea, though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
(Psalm 23:4; KJV).


References 

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

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

Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge (Psalm 62:8; NLT).

Through helping (#3 of 3)

Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else (Mark 9:35; NLT). 

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

Through helping others, Lord,
We help ourselves.

Forgiving others,
We forgive ourselves.

So, we beg you,
Heal and bless

Our selfish hearts
With kindliness,

Till, loving all,
We learn to love ourselves.

Love your neighbour as yourself (Luke 1027; 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). 

Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you (Ephesians 4:32; NLT). 

I’m sorry, Lord

Repent and turn to me again (Revelation 3:3; NLT). 

1. I’m sorry, Lord,
For all my sins.
Forgive me –
Let me try again

2. To think, and speak, and act
With love,
So I will cause
No pain.

3. Lord, you live
In everyone.
Please heal me –
Then I’ll start again,

4. Discarding
All my selfishness,
Till you, alone,
Remain.

He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less
(John 3:30; NLT).

 I am nothing (Genesis 18:27; NIV).


References 

1. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me (Psalm 51:1-3; NIV).

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

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

We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

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

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

Have mercy on me, Lord; heal me, for I have sinned against you (Psalm 41:4; NIV). 

4. I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him (Philippians 3:8-9; 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).

Christ is all that matters (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

Questions

1. Jesus,
How can I be healed
In flesh, mind, heart and soul?

Repent, and give your life to me,
For I will make you whole.

2. Jesus,
How can I be healed?
Please tell me what to do.

Accept forgiveness, be baptised,
Receive my Spirit, too. 

3. Jesus,
How can I be healed,
And where should I begin?

Forgive those who do wrong to you;
Hold fast to me within.

4. Jesus,
How can I be healed,
And worthy of your name?

Give up your greed and selfishness;
Love everyone the same.

5. Jesus,
How can I be healed?
Please help me, Lord, I pray.

Take up your cross, and follow me 
Your life, your truth, your way.

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


References 

1. Each of you must repent and turn to God, and be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; NLT).

Upon him was the punishment that made us whole (Isaiah 53:5; NRSV).

2. Be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; NLT).

3. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you (Colossians 3:13; NIV).

Hold fast (Deuteronomy 30:20; NIV).

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

4. The apostles left the high council rejoicing that God had counted them worthy to suffer disgrace for the name of Jesus (Acts 5:41; NLT).

Turn from your selfish ways (Matthew 16:24; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (James 2:8; NLT).

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

You, too, must show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

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

5. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me (Matthew 10:38; NIV).


 

Are you weary?

1. Are you weary? Do you suffer?
Burdened with fear, or care?
Come to God, who longs to help.
Lean on him; let him share.

2. Weep, and repent, and turn to him:
He will forgive your sin.
Then, be baptised in Jesus’ name.
Take up your cross, like him.

3. Welcome his Holy Spirit now.
He will reveal the way:
Living within to comfort you,
Guiding you every day.

4. Whatever God gives or takes from you,
Thank him for good and bad.
Praise him, rejoice, pray constantly.
Give, and share all you have.

5. Put others first, and learn to serve.
Cast off each selfish whim.
Shoulder your cross, and follow Christ:
Loving all, just like him.

🖤


References

1. 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).

The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

2. Each of you must repent and turn to God, and be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins (Acts 2:38; NLT).

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).

3. I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor-Counsellor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever (John 14:16; AMP).

Don’t you realise that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; NLT).

4. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord (Job 1:21; CSB). 

When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other (Ecclesiastes 7:14; NIV).

Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; RSV).

5. Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else (Mark 10:42-4; NLT).

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, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you (Luke 6:27-8; NIV).

 


 

A prayer for us all

Some readers felt I was judging President Putin in yesterday’s prayer, though that was not my intention. I want to acknowledge their helpful reproof, and to say how sorry I am. In the hope of putting things right, today I’m posting an earlier version of the same prayer, which applies to us all. It comes with my love and thanks to everyone who visits here, to every deeply-appreciated, faithful follower, to all those who leave “likes”, and especially to those who send comments, whether positive or negative. I value you all very highly, and pray for you all each day. With love from Ruth xxxxx

I will give you a new heart and I will put a new spirit in you.
I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
(Ezekiel 36:26; NIV).

1. Lord,
Remove our stony hearts –
Give us new hearts, of flesh.
Please take our greed and hate away –
Help us to start afresh.

2. Lord,
Remove our cold, hard minds –
Give us the mind of Christ.
Please take our selfishness away –
Show us your sacrifice.

3. Lord,
Remove our iron souls –
So we can share all pain.
Please take our love of power away –
May we be born again.

🖤

Unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.
(John 3:3; NLT).

 


References

1. You say, “I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.” But you do not realise that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked” (Revelation 3:17; NIV).

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

We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; 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).

God presented Jesus as a sacrifice for sin (Romans 3:25; NLT).

3. Iron has entered his soul (Psalm 105:18; LSV).

 


 

If you want to follow Christ

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).

If you want
To follow Christ

Turn your back
On selfishness,

Pick your cross up,
Take his way,

And grow more like him –
Every day.

🖤

We will speak the truth in love,
growing in every way more and more like Christ.
(Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

 


Stand up*

Stand up and praise the Lord your God!
(Nehemiah 9:5; NLT). 

Stand up to fear and panic,
Depression, hurt and loss,
To loneliness and anguish
With Christ, who faced the cross.

Stand up to pain and sickness,
Exhaustion, grief and stress,
To suffering and sorrow
With Christ, who shares each test.

Stand up to hate and envy,
Temptation, pride and sin,
To selfishness and anger
With Christ, who waits within.

Stand up to them with Jesus,
Confront them every day,
Then you will gain your freedom
With Christ, who is our way.

🖤

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

*This prayer can be sung to the tune of “Stand up, stand up for Jesus.”


I want to follow you


Then he [Jesus] 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).

Lord,
I want to follow you,
Turning away from selfishness –

Help me to bear my cross each day,
To listen, and obey.

Lord,
I want to live like you,
Changing and growing, all the time –

Help me to walk with you each day,
Choosing your narrow way.

Lord,
I want to love like you,
Caring for all who cross my path –

Help me to cherish them each day,
To nurture, serve, and pray.

Lord,
I want to be like you,
Trusting in God, and holding fast –

Then, no matter what life may bring,
I’ll see your face, at last.

🖤

When Christ appears, we shall be like him (1 John 3:2; NIV).

I will see your face (Psalm 17:15; NKJV).


May we all repent

Each of you must repent and turn to God, and be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; NLT).

Father,
May we all repent,
And turn to you, our Lord;
Then be baptised
In Jesus’ name,
As he forgives our sin.

Father,
May we all receive
Your gift: the Holy Ghost;
Take up our cross,
And follow Christ,
And try to grow like him.

Father,
May we all give up
Our hateful, selfish ways;
Put others first,
Accept your will,
And serve you all our days.

🖤

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).

My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done (Matthew 26:42; NIV).

Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all (Mark 9:35; NIV).