Prayer, spiritual development, personal growth, faith, exploration, wholeness,

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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Give me a church

 

Lord, 

Give me a church 
I can, at last, belong to –

A place where people 
Want to grow like you;

Where people love, fall out, 
Make up, say sorry;

Where everyone who fails 
Can start anew. 

None of this ever happened 
With my mother –

She never said sorry
For how she treated me.

So, give me a church 
Where I can find a home, Lord,

Where all can share your love,
Which sets us free.

 

References

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

If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back (Matthew 18:15; NRSV).

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).

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

The oppressed will be set free (Luke 4:18; 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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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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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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God’s plan

 

Lord,

Even though 
We cannot understand it,

You have a plan 
In all we undergo;

So we can learn,
Through everything that happens,

To trust in you, rejoice in you,
And grow.

 

References

God is greater than we can understand (Job 36:26; NLT).

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

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God (Romans 8:28; NRSV).

Trust in God (John 14:1; NLT).

Rejoice always (1 Thessalonians 5:16; NIV).

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

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