Don’t let prayer become a burden


Jesus said, “Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
(Matthew 11:28-30; NLT).

Don’t let prayer become a burden;
Don’t let prayer become a chore:
Listen to the Spirit’s prompting –
Silence is your inner core.

Take it slowly. Take it gently.
Keep it honest; not too long:
One with God in deep communion –
Though you’re weak, your prayers are strong.

Revel in your intercessions;
Pray for those who cross your path,
Begging God to bless and heal them –
Don’t let this become a “task”.

For yourself, ask God to help you
Face, and bear, his perfect will
With humble thanks, and great rejoicing –
Knowing that he loves you, still.

Pray that many unbelievers
Meet Christ Jesus, hear his call,
Repent, and turn to him each day –
Believing that God loves us all.

🖤

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).


Your Little Way*

Give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
(1 Thessalonians 5:18; RSV).

1. Thank you, Lord,
For this new day.
Please guide me
On your Little Way,

2. So I will feel, think,
Say, and do
Everything with love,
For you. 

3. No matter what
You give or take,
May I accept it
For your sake,

4. Then I will feel, think,
Say, and do
Everything with love,
Like you.

🖤

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

We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.
(1 John 3:16; NLT).


References

1. The gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life (Matthew 7:14; NASB).

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children, and walk in the way of love (Ephesians 5:2; NIV).

2. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ (Ephesians 5:2; 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 (Romans 12:2; NLT). 

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

Do everything with love (1 Corinthians 16:14; NLT).

3. Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will leave this life. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord (Job 1:21; CSB). 

My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done (Matthew 26:42; NIV).

4. As we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world (1 John 4:17; NLT).

*As taught by Sainte Thérèse de Lisieux.


Joined

When I wake up, you are still with me (Psalm 139:18; NLT).

Don’t you know that your bodies are a part of Christ’s body?
(1 Corinthians 6:15; CSB).

Wake with Jesus, joined in love;
Talk with Jesus, joined in prayer.
Go with Jesus, joined in hope;
Serve with Jesus, joined in care.

Laugh with Jesus, joined in cheer;
Weep with Jesus, joined in grief.
Eat with Jesus, joined in thanks;
Rest with Jesus, joined in peace.

Learn with Jesus, joined in truth;
Kneel with Jesus, joined in praise.
Live with Jesus, joined in faith –
One with Jesus, all your days.

🖤

The person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him.
(1 Corinthians 6:17; NLT).

 


Christmas Day 2021

The star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy (Matthew 2:9-10; NLT).

Keep following Christ’s shining star,
Rejoicing in his precious birth.

Keep thanking God for our great gift:
His Son, sent down to live on earth.

Keep walking in Christ’s humble steps,
Delighting in his narrow way.

Keep serving him the best you can:
Then you will be like him, one day.

✝️

 We will be like him (1 John 3:2; NLT).

 


Christ’s birth

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).

Thank you, Lord, for loving us,
And giving us your only Son,

So we can believe in him
And follow him on earth.

Then we will not perish, Lord,
For he will lead us back to you:

Reunited, evermore –
Lord, thank you for Christ’s birth. 

🖤

The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35; KJV). 

She gave birth to her first child, a son.
(Luke 2:7; NLT).

 


Every day

When I wake up, you are still with me.
(Psalm 139:18; NLT).

Evening and morning and at noon I will pray,
and cry aloud, and he shall hear my voice.
(Psalm 55:17; NKJV).

🖤

Every day, as I wake up, Lord,
May I greet you straightaway.

Morning, afternoon and evening,
May I worship you, and pray.

Every night, before I slumber,
May I thank you, and rejoice,

Then, whilst all is dark and quiet,
May I hear your still, small voice.

🖤

Every day, as I awake, Lord,
May I hear you speak once more.

Morning, afternoon and evening,
May I ponder, and explore

All you said. Before I settle
May I thank you for your care,

Then, each night, when all is silent,
May I talk with you, in prayer.

🖤

God talks with man (Deuteronomy 5:24; DBY).

 


Help me to understand

He himself gives life and breath to everything,
and he satisfies every need
(Acts 17:25; NLT).

1. Help me, Lord,
To understand
That you, alone,
Give all I have,

2.  And, that you also
Take away,
For every life
Brings good and bad.

3. Help me to accept
Your will
With gladness, thanks,
And constant prayer,

4. Confident, Lord,
That you bring blessings
In the end,
From all we bear.

🧡


References

1. The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away. May the name of the Lord be blessed (Job 1:21; NET).

2. When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other (Ecclesiastes 7:14; NIV).

3. I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; RSV).

4. We know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good (Romans 8:28; AMP).

 


 

Every day

His mercies begin afresh each morning
(Lamentations 3:22; NLT).

Every day, Lord Jesus,
Is a chance to start afresh,
By turning from my selfish ways
To help those in distress.

Every day, Lord Jesus,
Is a chance to start once more,
By praying, praising, worshipping,
And giving to the poor.

Every day, Lord Jesus,
Is a chance to start again,
By taking up my heavy cross,
And sharing others’ pain.

Every day, Lord Jesus,
Is a chance to start anew,
By following your way of love,
And growing more like you.

💛

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


Give us this day (for E.)

Give us this day our daily bread.
(Matthew 6:11; KJV).

Lord, 

Give us this day the energy
To do what we must do,
And all the faithfulness we need
To serve and worship you.

Give us this day the honesty
To say what we must say,
And all the inner peace we need
To thank you, praise, and pray.

Give us this day the confidence
To go where we must go,
And all the strength of mind we need
To bless both friend and foe.

Give us this day the fortitude
To face what we must face,
And all the qualities we need
To spread your truth and grace.

Give us this day the constancy
To bear what we must bear,
And all empathy we need
To listen, mourn, and share.

Give us this day the readiness
To follow, as you bid,
And all the love we need, Lord God,
To live as Jesus did.

🖤

It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere.
(Deuteronomy 13:4; NIV). 

As we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world (1 John 4:17; NLT).