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There is no healing

 

Lord, 
There is no healing
In dogmas, rules and creeds –

For only a relationship with you  
Can meet my needs. 

Lord,
There’s no forgiveness
In formal prayers of shame –  

For only a relationship with you  
Will clear my blame.

Lord,
There’s no salvation,
In attending church each week –

For only a relationship with you
Gives what I seek. 

Lord,
There is no kingdom 
To be found beyond my soul –

For only a relationship with you
Can make me whole. 

 

References

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:2; NLT).

Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit (Romans 7:6; NLT).

They will receive the Lord’s blessing and have a right relationship with God their saviour (Psalm 24:5; NLT).

Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness (Matthew 23:28; NLT).

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

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Hatred

 

The only thing I hate
Is hate itself, Lord,

So I take my example
From your Son,

Who, though he suffered, 
Never hated others,

But spoke the truth in love
To everyone.

 

References 

You have heard the law that say, ‘Love your neighbour’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! (Matthew 5:43-4; NLT).

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34; NIV).

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

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God’s essence

This prayer comes with many thanks to Fr. Leo Cooper for his inspiring words.

 

God is the essence 
Of truth.

His Spirit descends 
Like a sword

To strengthen his Son
For a lifetime,

For Christ is his essence 
Out-poured.

 

God is the essence
Of healing.

His Spirit descends
Like a dove

To dwell in his Son
For a lifetime,

For Christ 
Is the essence of love.

………………………………

References

The very essence of your [God’s] words is truth (Psalm 119:160; NLT).

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

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

The word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires (Hebrews 4:12; NLT).

Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword (Matthew 10:34; NLT).

The Son is the radiance of his glory and the representation of his essence (Hebrews 1:3; NET).

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14; NIV).

The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28; NLT).

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

As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove (Mark 1:10; NLT).

This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased (Matthew 17:5; NIV).

Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River (Luke 4:1; NLT).

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13; NIV).

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Wait

Wait
Without speaking.

Hear 
Without sound.

Gaze
Without seeing.

God 
Will be found.

Pray
Without ceasing.

Live
Without sin.

Love
Without limit.

God
Is within.

………………………

References

Wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

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

God speaks again and again, though people do not recognise it (Job 33:14; NLT).

We fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen ((2 Corinthians 4:18). 

If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me (Jeremiah 29:13; NLT).

Never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NLT).

You are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NLT).

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

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

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Suffused with light

 

Suffused with light,  
Forgiven, healed, 

I rest, Lord, in the love 
You have revealed; 

For you gave us 
Your precious, only Son, 

Who fought the power  
Of sin and death – 

And won! 

………………………………..

References 

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

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; 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).

For God presented Jesus as a sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. (Romans 3:25; NLT).

Death could not keep him in its grip (Acts 2:24; NLT). 

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My soul

Father,

You are everything
To me –

My food and drink,
My way, my truth, my goal;

My life and breath,
My suffering and death,

My love,
My soul.

…………………………………….

References

Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4; NIV).

God is the spring of living water (Jeremiah 2:13; NIV).

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6; NIV).

He gives breath to everyone, life to everyone who walks the earth (Isaiah 42:5; NLT).

My beloved is mine and I am his (Song of Songs 2:16; NIV).

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

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I return to you

Lord,

When I awake,
May I return to you;

And, all day long,
May I return to you.

In silent prayer,
May I return to you;

And when I sleep,
May I return to you.

So, whilst I live,
May I return to you;

And when I die,
May I return to you.

……………………..

References 

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

Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved (Isaiah 30:15; NLT).

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

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