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Our relationship with you

You will find joy in your relationship to the Lord (Isaiah 58:14; NET).

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

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

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

God is love (1 John 4:16; NIV).

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Lord,

As our relationship with you
Grows stronger,

You intensify
Your light,

Reveal more
Of your truth,

Flood us
With your peace,

And fill us to overflowing
With your love.

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May others know

He hears us (1 John 5:15; NLT).

He cares about you (1 Peter 5:7; NLT).

I am the Lord who heals you (Exodus 15:26; NLT).

God loves us (Romans 5:5; NLT).

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May others know
Your listening ear,
Through the way
I hear them out.

May others know
Your gentle care,
Through the way
I offer help.

May others know
Your healing touch,
Through the way
I hold them tight.

May others know
Your love for all,
Through the way
I give my heart.

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You create the light

 

Lord, you create the light,
And make the darkness.

You are the one who wounds,
And the one who heals.

You are the source of good,
And the source of trouble.

You are the one who gives,
And who takes away.

But, living and dying,
We always belong to you, Lord,

Though we can’t grasp
The mystery of your ways;

Nor can we understand
Your love and wisdom –

Yet, may we praise your name
Throughout all our days.

 

References

I create the light and make darkness. I send good times and bad times (Isaiah 45:7; NLT).

I am the one who wounds and heals (Deuteronomy 32:39; NLT).

Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? (Job 2:10; NIV).

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

Whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord (Romans 14:8; NIV).

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine” (Isaiah 55:8; NLT).

You cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things (Ecclesiastes 11:5; NLT).

The wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God (1 Corinthians 2:7; NLT).

I will constantly speak his praises (Psalm 34:1; NLT).

 

 

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Inner demons

Today’s prayer is a development from yesterday’s:

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

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

Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation (Matthew 26:41; NLT).

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation (James 1:12; NLT).

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Even you were tempted
By your inner demons, Lord –

The all-too-human urgings
Of your shadow –

So it’s no surprise
That we are tempted too.

Please help us
To endure temptation patiently;

To watch and pray,
So we will not give in;

For then we will become
Much more like you.

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Each defeat

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

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

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

With your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall (2 Samuel 22:30; NIV).

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Lord,

May each defeat,
Each loss, fear,
And affliction

Be a turning-point,
A challenge,
An adventure –

A chance to face
And overcome
My demons,

A chance to grow
In confidence,
With you.

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I knew you today

They told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread (Luke 24:35; NKJV).

Their eyes were opened, and they recognised him (Luke 24:31; DBY).

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Lord,

I knew you today
In the fragrance of roses;
In trees full of berries,
And fields of sweet hay.

I knew you today
In the sheep and the cattle;
In faraway mountains,
And ships in the bay.

I knew you today
In the love of my partner;
In greetings with strangers,
And hugs from a friend.

I knew you today
In my work and my leisure;
I knew you today
When I reached journey’s end.

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Open my eyes

Open my eyes (Psalm 119:18; NLT).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NIV).

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Lord,

Open my eyes,
So I may see your beauty;

Open my ears,
So I may hear your voice.

Open my mind,
So I may grasp your message;

Open my mouth,
So I may sing your praise.

Open my wounds,
So I may share your passion;

Open my hands,
So I may sow your peace.

Open my heart,
So I may know your presence;

Open my soul,
So I may spread your love.

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