Gain and loss

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).

Rejoice always, pray continually,
give thanks in all circumstances
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV). 

Lord,
You give me all I have,
And also take away:
May I welcome every loss
With praise and thanks, each day.

Lord,
You give me all I have,
And also take away:
May I learn from all you send,
Grow, serve you, and obey.

Lord,
You give me all I have,
And also take away:
May I trust you, cling, rejoice,
And never cease to pray.

Lord,
You give me all I have,
And also take away:
So, I beg you to bring good
From all things, come what may.

We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him,
those whom he has called according to his purpose
(Romans 8:28; GNT).

Love

We know how much God loves us,
and we have put our trust in his love…

Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
Lord, your love for me is true;
One in Three, and Three in One:
I have put my trust in you.

Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
You are God; you speak to all;
Three in One, and One in Three:
May I listen when you call.

Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
Touch me; change me; make me good;
One in Three, and Three in One:
So I always dwell in love.

Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
May I live as one with Thee;
Three in One, and One in Three:
Then you’ll always live in me.

…God is love, and all who live in love live in God,
and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

If you can’t imagine God

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

God’s voice is glorious in the thunder.
We can’t even imagine the greatness of his power
(Job 37:23; NLT).

1. If you can’t imagine God,
Picture Christ, alone.

2. If you can’t believe in God,
Trust in Christ, alone.

3. If you long to know the truth,
Learn from Christ, alone.

4. If you cannot find your way,
Follow Christ, alone.

5. If you’re walking in the dark,
Cling to Christ, alone.

6. If you thirst for inner peace,
Rest in Christ, alone.

7. If you feel unheard, unloved,
Pray to Christ, alone,

8. And if you want to live in God,
Unite with Christ, alone. 

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


References

1. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being (Hebrews 1:3; NIV).

In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form (Colossians 2:9; NIV).

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15; NLT).

2. Trust also in me (John 14:1; NLT). 

3. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me (Matthew 11:29; NIV). 

4. 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).

5. Listen to his voice and cling to him (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT). 

6. Jesus said, “Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28-30; NLT).

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

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

8. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:26-8; NIV). 

So you also are complete through your union with Christ (Colossians 2:10; NLT). 

Suffering

God teaches people through suffering
and uses distress to open their eyes.
(Job 36:15; GNT). 

1. You teach, and train, and test us all
By sending good and ill –

2. We only hurt ourselves, Lord,
When we fight against your will.

3. May we accept our suffering
With joy, and thanks, and prayer,

4. Trusting you to help us grow in love,
Through all we bear.


References

1. The Lord your God is testing you to see if you truly love him with all your heart and soul (Deuteronomy 13:3; NLT).

Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both good and ill go forth? (Lamentations 3:38; NASB95).

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). 

2. It is useless for you to fight against my will (Acts 26:14; NLT). 

You are hurting yourself by kicking against the goads (Acts 26:14; NET). 

It’s foolish to fight against me! (Acts 26:14; CEV). 

Submit to God and be at peace with him (Job 22:21; NIV).

3. This is my intense suffering, but I must bear it (Jeremiah 10:19; CSB). 

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NLT).

4. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God (2 Corinthians 1:3-4; NIV).


 

Pray constantly

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

Lord,
May I pray constantly,
Sharing all I feel with you,
Holding nothing back at all,
Remembering you’ve felt the same.

Lord,
May I pray constantly,
Sharing all I say with you,
Trusting you to give me every word
I need, to spread your name.

Lord,
May I pray constantly,
Sharing all I think with you,
Taking captive every thought,
And knowing you’ve been tempted, too.

Lord,
May I pray constantly,
Sharing every deed with you,
Growing more like you, God’s Son,
And serving you in all I do.

Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; NIV).

 


Every heart

Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you cannot have eternal life within you (John 6:53; NLT).

1. I pray that all will eat your bread,
And drink your living wine,
Then faith will grow in every human heart –
Including mine.

2. I pray that all will seek your face,
And know you are God’s sign,
Then hope will reign supreme in every heart –
Including mine.

3. I pray that all will praise you,
And become your holy shrine,
Then peace will dwell in every single heart –
Including mine.

4. I pray that all will trust you, Lord,
And realise you’re divine,
Then love will overflow from every heart –
Including mine.

✝️


References

1. He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you” (Luke 22:19; NLT).

He took a cup of wine […] He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood” (Matthew 26:27-8; NLT).

Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness (Colossians 2:7; NLT). 

2. Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land (2 Chronicles 7:14; NLT). 

What happens to the Son of Man will be a sign to these people that he was sent by God (Luke 11:30; NLT). 

No wonder my heart is glad, and my tongue shouts his praises! My body rests in hope (Acts 2:26; NLT). 

3. Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour, who daily bears our burdens (Psalm 68:19; NIV). 

You are the temple of the living God (Luke 17:21; NKJV). 

I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid (John 14:27; NIV).

4. Trust in God, and trust also in me (John 14:1; NLT).

If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God (1 John 4:15; NIV). 

I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding (Philippians 1:9; NLT).

☦️


 

Even when…

Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you…

Even when we don’t trust others,
Father, may we offer peace.

Even when they hate and curse us,
May we serve them, doing good.

Even when we fear them deeply,
May we help and bless them all,

And even when they treat us badly,
May we pray for them, with love. 

…pray for those who mistreat you (Luke 6:27-8; NIV).

Whatever you give

I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave.
The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away.
Praise the name of the Lord!
(Job 1:21; NLT).

 1. Whatever you give,
And whatever you take,
I will face it all, Father,
And praise you.

2. Whatever you give,
And whatever you take,
I know you will work
For my good.

3. Whatever you give,
And whatever you take,
I will bear and accept it
As part of your plan.

4. Whatever you give,
And whatever you take,
I will thank you for everything,
Trusting your love.

🖤

Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow.
Where nettles grew, myrtles will sprout up.
These events will bring great honour to the Lord’s name;
they will be an everlasting sign of his power and love.
(Isaiah 55:13; NLT).

 


References

1. To keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh… Three times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me… for when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:7-10; NLT). 

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things (1 Chronicles 29:11; NLT). 

2. We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him (Romans 8:28; GNT).

3. You cannot be my disciple unless you carry your own cross and follow me (Luke 14:27; CEV).

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

The Lord will work out his plans for my life (Psalm 138:8; NLT).

God saved us and called us to live a holy life… That was his plan from before the beginning of time – to show us his grace through Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 1:9; NLT).

“I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11; NLT).

4. My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects the child in whom he delights (Proverbs 3:11-12; 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).

Trust in God and trust also in me (John 14:1; NLT).

 


 

Two short prayers

1. I love you, Lord 


You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

I love you, Lord,
With all my mind,
And trust in you alone.

I love you, Lord,
With all my heart,
And follow you alone.

I love you, Lord,
With all my soul,
And worship you alone.

I love you, Lord,
With all my strength,
And serve you, Lord, alone.

🖤

Serve him alone (Matthew 4:10; CPDV).

Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; NIV).

 


2. I love you more, Lord


I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding (Philippians 1:9; NLT). 

I love you more, Lord,
Every day,
And pray to you alone.

I love you more
With every step,
And learn from you alone.

I love you more
With every test,
And cleave to you alone.

I love you more
With every breath,
And live in you alone.

🖤

We know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

 


Help me to seek you


When you seek me in prayer and worship,
you will find me available to you.
(Jeremiah 29:13; NET).

Help me to seek you,
And always to love.
Help me to worship you, Father, above.

Help me to find you,
And never let go.
Help me to follow you, Jesus, below.

Help me to serve you,
And always to pray.
Help me to live in you, Spirit, each day.

Help me to trust you,
And never to sin.
Help me, and strengthen me, Lord God, within.

🖤

All who live in love live in God,
and God lives in them.
(1 John 4:16; NLT).