Shelter

1. You’re shelter for the homeless, Lord,
And freedom for the jailed;
A banquet for the hungry,
And redemption for the failed.

2. You’re clothing for the naked, Lord,
And vision for the blind;
A welcome for the stranger,
And a friend for the maligned.

3. You’re rescue for the victim, Lord,
And power for the weak;
Fresh courage for the fearful,
And a refuge for the meek.

4. You’re water for the thirsty, Lord,
And ransom for the slave;
God’s healing for the stricken,
And the first-fruits of the grave.

5. We’re servants of your kingdom, Lord,
Our task: to grow like you,
By treating everyone with love
In all we say and do.


References

1-4. This is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help (Isaiah 58:6-7; NLT).

5. [Grow] in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

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

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT)

“Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?”  He will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me” (Matthew 25:44-45; NIV).

My foundation

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1. My foundation, Lord, is shaky,
But you are my solid rock.

2. My foundation, Lord, is fragile,
But you help me face each shock.

3. My foundation, Lord, is damaged,
But you help me to rebuild.

4. My foundation, Lord, is weak,
But we are one, so I am healed.


References

1. Who is God except the Lord? Who but our God is a solid rock? (Psalm 18:31; NLT).

2. We ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure (2 Corinthians 4:7; NLT).

He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

3. O storm-battered city, troubled and desolate! I will rebuild you with precious jewels and make your foundations from lapis lazuli (Isaiah 54:11; NLT).

Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes (Ephesians 4:23; NLT).

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint (Isaiah 40:31; NIV).

4. Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak (Psalm 6:2; NLT).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds (Psalm 147:3; NLT).

Damaged (#2 of 2 linked prayers)

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Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life
(John 6:54; NIV).

1. Lord, we are
Your intricate creation,
Hurt by life in body
And in mind;

2. Damaged, Lord, in heart,
And soul, and spirit,
Which makes us frail, deaf,
Captive, lame, and blind.

3. But every time we take the Host
You heal us:
Bit by bit
You set us free, dear Lord;

4. And every time we share the Cup
You fill us:
Drop by drop,
Until we are restored.

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References

1. Your hands have made me and fashioned me, an intricate unity (Job 10:8; NKJV).

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

3. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3; NIV).

4. He restores my soul (Psalm 23:3; NKJV).

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Weak and mortal

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

1. My flesh is weak
And mortal, Lord;
It will return to dust.

2. My mind is full
Of anguish, Lord,
Making it hard to trust.

3. My heart is sad
And lonely, Lord,
Full of despair and sin,

4. But my soul is at peace
Forever, Lord,
Because it is you, within.

References

1. He knows how weak we are (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

He remembered that they were merely mortal (Psalm 78:39; NLT).

You were made from dust, and to dust you will return (Genesis 3:19; NLT).

2. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? (Psalm 22:1; NIV).

3. My soul is downcast within me (Psalm 42:5; NIV).

Darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88:18; NLT).

From the depths of despair, O Lord, I call for your help (Psalm 130:1; NLT).

In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful mature I am a slave to sin (Romans 7:25; NLT).

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

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

Where is the path?

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT).

1. Where is the path
That I should take?

2. Where is the narrow gate
I need?

3. Where is the door
On which to knock?

4. Where is the Christ,
Whom I must heed?

5. Where is the life
For which I long?

6. Where is the Kingdom
I must seek?

7. Where is the God
To whom I plead?

8. Help me, O Lord,
For I am weak.

References

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

2. You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13; NLT).

3. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7; NLT).

4. This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to him (Mark 9:7; NLT).

5. I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10; NIV).

6. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else (Luke 12:31; NIV).

7. O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you (Psalm 63:1; NLT).

8. Come quickly, Lord, and help me (Psalm 40:13; NLT).

Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak (Psalm 6:2; NLT).