In your arms

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

 You take us in your arms, Lord God:
Ready to help us do your will.

You hold us in your mind, Lord God:
Ready to help us face each ill.

You keep us in your heart, Lord God:
Ready to help us serve your Son.

You guard us in your soul, Lord God,
Ready to help us live as one.

❤️

God is our refuge and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.
(Psalm 46:1; NLT).

I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one –
as you are in me, Father, and I am in you.
(John 17:21; NLT). 

 


I can’t see your face

No one has ever seen God.
(John 1:18; NIV).

1. Father,
I can’t see your face;
Instead, I look for Christ,
Your Son.

2. Jesus,
I can’t see your face,
But search for you
In old and young.

3. Spirit,
I can’t see your face,
Though you are living
In us all.

4. Lord, my God,
I see your face!
You wait for me
In everyone.

🖤

Their eyes were opened, and they knew Him.
(Luke 24:31; NKJV).


References

1. Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father (John 14:9; NLT).

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

3. The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7; KJV). 

I will pour out my Spirit upon all people (Joel 2:28; NLT).

Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19; NLT). 

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

4. The Lord must wait for you to come to him (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

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

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

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


Healing (for R.B.)

The Lord is King forever and ever!
(Psalm 10:16; NLT). 

1. The Lord is King of heaven and earth,
Yet stoops to offer us his love.

2. His Son is here, in everyone,
Ready to teach us what is good.

3. His Holy Spirit waits in all
To heal in flesh, mind, heart, and soul.

4. He longs for us to turn to him;
His one desire: to make us whole.

🧡

His hands make whole
(Job 5;18; NHEB).


References

1. O Lord, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is in heaven. You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth (2 Chronicles 20:6; NLT).

He stoops to look down on heaven and on earth (Psalm 113:6; NLT). 

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

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

Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect (Romans 12:2; NLT).

3. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19; NLT). 

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

Think of it – the Lord is ready to heal me! (Isaiah 38:20; NLT). 

4. The Lord longs to be gracious to you (Isaiah 30:18; NIV).


 

Open my eyes (#3 of 3)


Open my eyes so that I will observe amazing things from your instruction.
(Psalm 119:18; ISV). 

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).

Lord,

Open my eyes, so I can see
The scope of all you give to me:
Genesis; conception; birth;
Your realm within me, here, on earth.

Open my mind, so I can see
The scope of all you do for me:
The gift of Christ, your only Son;
His battle against evil, won.

Open my heart, so I can see
The scope of all you offer me:
Forgiveness, faith; your truth; your way;
Your Spirit, helping me each day.

Open my soul, so I can see
The scope of all you promise me:
Salvation; life with you above
For evermore, in joy and love.

🖤

You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.
(Psalm 16:11; NLT).


Open my eyes (#2 of 3)

Open my eyes so that I will observe amazing things from your instruction.
(Psalm 119:18; ISV). 

Lord,

Open my eyes, so I can see
The precious truths you offer me.

Open my eyes, so I may know
Your only Son, who helps me grow.

Open my eyes, so I will grasp
His presence in us all, at last.

🖤

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


No peace

Peace I leave you; my peace I give you
(John 14:27; NIV).

There is no peace
Within my bones
But yours,
O Son of Man.

There is no truth
Within my mind
But yours,
Most holy Lamb.

There is no love
Within my heart
But yours,
O Jesse’s Rod.

There is no light
Within my soul
But yours,
Sweet Son of God.

There is no life
Within me, Lord,
But yours,
My constant Guide.

There is no death
Within me now
But yours,
Christ crucified.

❤️

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).

Why am I here?

I desire to do your will, my God.
(Psalm 40:8; NIV).

Why am I here, Lord?
What is my task?
How can I do your will?

By turning from sin,
And trusting my Son;
Praying, alone, every day.

Why am I here, Lord?
What is my task?
How can I do your will?

By taking your cross,
And following Christ;
Uniting with us, as one.

Why am I here, Lord?
What is my task?
How can I do your will?

By seeking my face,
And learning to love;
Forgiving both friend and foe.

Why am I here, Lord?
What is my task?
How can I do your will?

By bearing what comes,
And growing in faith;
Accepting both good and ill.

💜

The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
blessed be the name of the Lord.
(Job 1:21; NKJV).


We cannot understand (#1 of 2 linked prayers)

People cannot see the whole scope
of God’s work from beginning to end
(Ecclesiastes 3:11; NLT).

We cannot understand
Your work,
Failing to see its scope
From start to end.

We cannot comprehend
Your Son,
Failing to grow like him,
As you intend.

We cannot understand
Your strength,
Failing to grasp our emptiness
Within.

We cannot comprehend
Your wrath,
Failing to grasp our ignorance
And sin.

❤️

You are indeed angry, for we have sinned
(Isaiah 64:5;  NKJV).


When I wake

Your hand will guide me,
and your strength will support me

(Psalm 139:10; NLT).

Father,
When I wake, each day,
I reach out straightaway
To take your hand.

Father,
When I wake, each day,
I start to pray,
Using your Son’s own words.

Father,
When I wake, each day,
I choose his way,
Lifting my heavy cross.

Father,
When I wake, each day,
Help me to say
With him: Your will be done.

Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven
(Matthew 6:9-10; NLT). 

My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done (Matthew 26:42; NLT).


May I be light (#1 of 2 linked prayers)


Jesus spoke to the people once more and said,
“I am the light of the world
(John 8:12; NLT).

1. Lord,
May I be light, and fire,

2. And peace, and truth,
Like you, God’s Son.

3. Then I’ll see you
In humankind,

4. And love you, Lord,
In everyone. 


References

1. God is light (1 John 1:5; NLT).

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

2. The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT). 

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God (John 20:31; NLT).

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

4. God is love (1 John 4:8; 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 (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

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