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In silent prayer

 

In silent prayer,
I face my inner wasteland.

In silent prayer,
I face temptation, too.

In silent prayer,
I face my fears and failures.

In silent prayer,
I face my self, like you. 

 

References 

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

Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer (Luke 5:16; NLT).

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted (Matthew 4:1; NLT).

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Do not fear the darkness

 

Do not fear the darkness
Surrounding God, our Father.

Do not dread the clouds
That hide the sky.

For this is how he shields us
From his overwhelming glory – 

Protect us from your face, Lord,
Or we die.

Do not fear the stillness 
Surrounding God, our Father.

Do not dread his silence, 
But his cry.

For this is how he shields us
From his terrifying power –

Protect us from your voice, Lord,
Or we die.

Do nor fear the solitude
Surrounding God, our Father.

Do not dread his anguish,
Or his sigh.

For this is how he shields us
From his all-consuming anger –

Protect us from your fire, Lord,
Or we die.

 

References

He shrouded himself in darkness, veiling his approach with dark rain clouds. Thick clouds shielded the brightness around him (Psalm 18:11-12; NLT).

He lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach him (1 Timothy 6:16; NLT).

Go back down and warn the people not to break through the boundaries to see the Lord, or they will die (Exodus 19:21; NLT).

The Mighty Warrior shouts his battle cry. That day will be a day of wrath (Zephaniah 1:14; NIV). 

God’s voice thunders and the earth melts! (Psalm 46:6; NLT).

We can’t even imagine the greatness of his power (Job 37:5; NLT).

Don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die! (Exodus 20:19; NLT).

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

God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

Don’t let us hear the voice of the Lord our God any more or see this blazing fire, for we will die (Deuteronomy 18:16; NLT).

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Do not fear

 

Do not fear the stillness –
He is here.

Do not fear the silence –
He is here.

Do not fear the darkness –
He is here.

Do not fear aloneness –
He is here.

 

References

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

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

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

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).

Though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

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Seek God

 

Seek God
In your desert;

Seek him 
Night and day.  

Seek him
In your ruins;

Seek him
When you stray.

Seek God 
In your wilderness;

Seek him
In the dark.

Seek him
In your brokenness;

Find him
In your heart.

 

References 

Keep on seeking and you will find (Luke 11:9; NLT). 

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness (Matthew 4:1; NLT).

I am like an eagle owl, like little owl among the ruins (Psalm 102:6; CSB).

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

You will cry out from anguish of heart and wail in brokenness of spirit (Isaiah 65:14; NIV).

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

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Contemplation

 

The stillness we avoid
Is full of movement.

The darkness we eschew 
Is full of light.

The silence we evade
Is full of music.

The solitude we shun
Is full of you.

 

References 

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

The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness (Psalm 18:28; NLT).

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

Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed (Luke 5:16; NIV).

Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it (Genesis 28:16; NIV).

He has known your walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the Lord your God has been with you (Deuteronomy 2:7; HNV).

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Seeking you

 

Lord,

I’d rather spend 
My whole life 
Seeking you 
Without success,  

Than search 
For any other ‘god’ –
And find!

References

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

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

You must acknowledge no God but me (Hosea 13:4; NLT).

There is no other god but me! (Deuteronomy 32:39; NLT).

A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked (Psalm 84:10; NLT).

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Spend time alone

Spend time alone
To seek God’s holy presence;

Be silent   
As you listen for his voice.  

With eyes closed
You may see his dazzling glory;

And in stillness
You may join his sacred dance. 

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References

He [Jesus] left in a boat to a remote area to be alone (Matthew 14:13; NLT).

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

God shines in glorious radiance (Psalm 50:2; NLT).

 Golden splendour comes from the mountain of God. He is clothed in dazzling splendour (Job 37:22; NLT).

Be still before the Lord (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

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