Prayer, suffering, life, courage, help, bear, illness, mental, physical,

When I crave sympathy

 

Lord,
When I crave sympathy, 
Forgetting love is key,

You tell me straight
What I must do:

Take up your cross, 
Like me.

Lord,
When I am selfish,
And my heart is feeling numb, 

 You tell me straight
What I must do:

Now, leave your nets, 
And come.

Lord, 
When I’m ungrateful,
And forget you’ve set me free,

You tell me straight
What I must do:

Leave all, 
And follow me.

 

References 

Then [Jesus] said to the crowd, “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).

Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him Mark 1:17-18; NLT).

As Jesus left the town, he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him (Luke 5:27; NLT).

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32; NLT).

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When we suffer

 

Father,

When we suffer 
You suffer with us, too.

May we recognise 
Your presence,

Feel your love, 
And turn to you.

 

References

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

Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it! (Genesis 28:16; NLT).

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).

Let us turn back to the Lord (Lamentations 3:40; NLT).

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I’m a broken reed

 

Lord, 

I’m a broken reed,
A smoking flame,

But you won’t crush me,
Snuff me out, or maim.

Please show me the place 
Where sparrows build their nests,

Close to your altar, Lord,
Where I may rest.
 

References

God […] knows the secrets of every heart (Psalm 44:21; NLT).

O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me (Psalm 139:1; NLT).

He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle (Isaiah 42:3; NLT).

A bruised reed he will not break, and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out (Isaiah 42:3; NIV). 

Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young at a place near your altar (Psalm 84:3; NLT).

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

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Look for the truth

 

Look for the truth 
Inherent in each person;

Look for the light 
That flickers in each mind.   

Look for the fire 
Smouldering in each spirit;

Look for the treasure 
Buried in each soul.

Look for the hurt 
Concealed in every outburst;

Look for the spring 
Untapped in every heart.

Look for the path
That Jesus wants to show you;

Look for the Lord –
And make his love your goal.

 

References

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

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13-14; NIV).

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

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

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

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field (Matthew 13:44; NLT).

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

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

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

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6; NIV). 

Let love be your highest goal (1 Corinthians 14:1; NLT).

He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle (Isaiah 42:3; NLT).

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Children of God

 

Father,
Please forgive 
And heal 
Us all –

Your sinful,
Damaged,
Hurt,
Imperfect children.

 

References 

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

God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:27; NLT).

The tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner” (Luke 18:13; NIV).

God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God (Matthew 5:9; NLT).

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You hold us all

 

You hold us all 
As tight as we can bear, Lord,

And help us through the trials
We must face.

Please help us to be patient 
In our sorrows,

So we can all endure them
With your grace. 

 

References

You hold me (Psalm 18:48; NLT).

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

In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind (2 Corinthians 6:4; NLT).

You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich (2 Corinthians 8:9; NLT).

He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word (Isaiah 53:7; NLT).

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Emotional abuse

 

Lord,

Every day
I’m still affected

By the consequences
Of my mother’s emotional abuse –

Depression, 
Anxiety,
And fear;

Low self-esteem, 
Panic, 
And dread.

So every day
Brings me fresh opportunities
To forgive her.

…………………………………………….

References

“Lord, how many times shall I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!” (Matthew 18:21-2; NLT). 

If you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins (Matthew 6:14-15; NIV).

Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us (Luke 11:4; NIV).

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