Give back…

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The Lord gave me what I had,
and the Lord has taken it away
(Job 1:21; NLT).

Lord,

1. Give me back my joy again:
Please let me share your grace
And peace.

2. Give me back my health again,
So I can serve you
Without cease.

3. Give me back all I have lost,
For then my trials
Won’t seem so long,

4. But if you don’t, Lord,
I’ll accept your will,
For when I’m weak, I’m strong.


References

1. Give me back my joy again; you have broken me – now let me rejoice (Psalm 51:8; NLT).

May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Saviour give you grace and peace (Titus 1:4; NLT).

2. “I will give you back your health and heal your wounds,” says the Lord (Jeremiah 30:17; NLT).

Serve the Lord your God (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

3. I will give you back what you lost (Joel 2:25; NLT).

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

4. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God, and never anything bad?
(Job 2:10; NLT).

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

To keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh. […] Three times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me […] for when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:7-10; NLT).

According to your will

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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).

Lord,

1. May I treat myself with love
According to your will,
Sharing all I feel with you
As I face each new test.

2. May I capture all my thoughts
According to your will,
Changing judgements into love –
Then I’ll have done my best.

3. May I speak the truth in love
According to your will,
Choosing all my words with care,
Though sometimes I’ll be blamed.

4. May I do all things with love
According to your will,
Serving you with all my heart –
Then I won’t be ashamed.


References

1. Love your neighbour as yourself (Leviticus 19:18; NLT).

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

Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested (Hebrews 2:18; NLT).

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

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For […] the standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged (Matthew 7:1-2; NLT).

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

I have always tried my best to let wisdom guide my thoughts (Ecclesiastes 7:23; NLT).

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

I have many aggressive enemies; they hate me without reason (Psalm 38:19; NLT).

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

Serve the Lord with all your heart (1 Samuel 12:20; NIV).

Let me not be ashamed; let not my enemies triumph over me (Psalm 25:2; NKJV).

Let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in you (Psalm 25:20; NKJV).

Like Christ

Those who say they live in God
should live their lives as Jesus did
(1 John 2:6; NLT).


1. Father,
May I follow Christ,
And, like him, take your narrow way.

2. Father,
May I worship Christ,
And, like him, talk with you each day.

3. Father,
May I live in Christ,
And, like him, serve through all I do.

4. Father,
May I die with Christ,
And, like him, reunite with you.

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


References

1. [Christ] is your example, and you must follow in his steps (1 Peter 2:21; NLT).

Walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us (Ephesians 5:2; NIV).

2. Worship Christ as Lord of your life (1 Peter 3:15; NLT)

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed (Mark 1:35; NIV).

3. Just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him (Colossians 2:6; CSB).

Since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you (John 13:14-15; NLT).

4. If we die with him, we will also live with him (2 Timothy 2:11; NLT).

The Father and I are one (John 10:30; NLT).

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

May I believe in you

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1. Lord,
May I believe in you,
Follow you,
And trust you.

2. Lord,
May I remain in you,
Worship you,
And love you.

3. Lord,
May I have faith in you,
Live in you,
And serve you.


References

1. Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent” (John 6:29; NLT).

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).

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

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

You must worship Christ as Lord of your life (1 Peter 3:15; NLT).

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

3. You are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26; NLT).

His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7; NLT).

The Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God (Romans 14:17-18; NLT).

Today

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May all the nations praise you (Psalm 67:3; NLT).

1. Lord,
Today, may many hear your voice,
Starting their journey
Back to your embrace.

2. Lord,
Today, may many turn to you,
Asking forgiveness;
Welcoming your grace.

3. Lord,
Today, may many follow you,
Serving their neighbours;
Learning to do good.

4. Lord,
Today, may many join with you,
Knowing your presence;
Living in your love.


References

1. Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts (Hebrews 4:7; NIV).

He returned home 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).

2. Repent of your sins and turn to God (Matthew 3:2; NLT).

Perhaps even yet they will turn from their evil ways and ask the Lord’s forgiveness before it is too late (Jeremiah 36:7; NLT).

God saved you by his grace when you believed (Ephesians 2:8; NLT).

3. 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).

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

Learn to do good (Isaiah 1:17; NLT).

4. When we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death (Romans 6:3; NLT).

His name is the Lord – rejoice in his presence (Psalm 68:4; NLT).

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

Presence

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1. Lord,
May we always
Believe in your presence,
Seek you in others,
And live as we should.

2. Lord,
May we always
Rejoice in your presence,
See you in others,
And try to do good.

3. Lord,
May we always
Remain in your presence,
Serve you in others,
And rest in your love.


References

1. This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent (John 6:29; NLT).

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said (Matthew 4:19; NIV).

Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did (1 John 2:6; NLT).

2. His name is the Lord – rejoice in his presence! (Psalm 68:4; NLT).

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

Turn away from evil and do good (Psalm 34:14; NLT).

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

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

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

May I serve you

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He has planted eternity in the human heart,
but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work
from beginning to end (Ecclesiastes 3:11; NLT).

1. May I serve you
Somehow, Lord, today.
Yet, if I cannot serve,
Help me to pray;
Or, if I cannot pray,
To feel you near.

2. But, if I cannot sense you,
I’ll wait here
As patiently, and calmly
As I can,
For you are God, unchanged
Since time began.


References

1. You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him (Luke 4:8; NLT).

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

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

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

I have calmed and quieted myself (Psalm 131:2; NLT).

I am the Lord your God (Hosea 12:9; NKJV).

I am the Lord, and I do not change (Malachi 3:6; NLT)

Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God (Psalm 90:2; NLT). 

All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time (Jude 1:25; NLT).

My way of life


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).

1. May prayer, Lord, be my way of life,
And constant thanks my aim,

2. Rejoicing in your presence,
As I praise your holy name.

3. May faith, Lord, be my way of life,
And steadfast hope my goal,

4. Loving you with all my heart,
And strength, and mind, and soul.


References

1. Pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

2. His name is the Lord – rejoice in his presence! (Psalm 68:4; NLT).

3. These three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NIV).

4. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength (Mark 12:29; NLT).

Breakdown


We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him

(Romans 8:28; NIV).

1. Every breakdown
Is a breakthrough
When I face it, Lord,
With you.

2. Every illness
Is a blessing –
Lord, your saints show
This is true.

3. Every struggle
Is a call
To follow you
Along life’s way –

4. To change and grow,
So I may serve
In all I feel, think, do,
And say.


References

1. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

2. When I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10; NLT).

3. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

4. 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).

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

Choice

Choose today whom you will serve
(Joshua 24:15; NLT).

1. Live with God, our Lord, today,
And listen for his voice;
See his presence everywhere:
Make faith your conscious choice.

2. Live through God, our Lord, today,
And celebrate his reign;
See his hand in everything:
Make hope your constant aim.

3. Live in God, our Lord, today,
And serve with all your soul;
See his face in everyone:
Make love your ceaseless goal.


References

1. He will live with them and they will be his people. God himself will be with them (Revelation 21:3; NLT).

Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you (2 Corinthians 13:11; NLT).

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

2. God has sent his only begotten Son into the world, we might live through him (1 John 4:9; NKJV).

Celebrate his rule with trembling Psalm 2:11; NIV).

The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord (Job 1:21; NIV).

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

Serve him with all your heart and soul (Deuteronomy 10:12; NLT).

Seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11; NIV).

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

Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).