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Trials and sorrows

Lord,

You send us many trials 
And sorrows –
Many opportunities 
To grow.

This means putting all our faith
In you, Lord;
This means trusting you,
And letting go.

When we kick against your will
We suffer –
Anger only adds
To what we face; 

But, when we accept your will  
As Christ did,
We rejoice –
Sufficient is your grace!   

 

References

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

When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).

If you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you (1 Peter 4:19; NLT).

Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his  last (Luke 23:46; NLT).

Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? You are hurting yourself by kicking against the goads (Acts 26:14; NET).

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9; NIV).

 

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Use me, Lord

 

Use me, Lord,
Exactly as you want to,

Help me to accept life,
Like your Son.

Let my constant prayer
Be his surrender:

Whatever you desire, 
Your will be done. 

 

References

Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me (Luke 9:23; NIV).

Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done (Luke 22:42; NIV).

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Your kingdom’s come

 

Lord,
When we serve and follow 
Your dear Son,
We live in heaven on earth –
Your kingdom’s come.

Lord, 
When we love our foes
The war is won;
We live in heaven on earth –
Your kingdom’s come. 

Lord,
When we accept
Your will be done,
We live in heaven on earth –
Your kingdom’s come.

Lord,
When we love you,
Becoming one, 
We live in heaven on earth –
Your kingdom’s come.

 

References

Follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

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 will be done (Matthew 6:10; NLT).

The Kingdom of God is already among you (Luke 17:21; NLT).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NIV).

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

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Life

Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity (Hebrews 6:1; NIV).

A wise person thinks a lot about death (Ecclesiastes 7:4; NLT).

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Lord,
Bless us all,
Throughout our lives:

Our struggles
To grow up,

To overcome
Our brokenness,

And search
Our inner depth.

Lord,
Bless us all,
Throughout our lives:

Our sickness
And decline,

The struggle to accept
Our fate,

Our letting go,
And death.

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Love all

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged (Matthew 7:1; NLT).

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Love all
Exactly as,
And where,
They are,

Striving
To hear,
Accept,
And understand.

Then
You will not
Be quick
To criticise,

Nor will you
Judge them,
Punish,
Or condemn.

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My mother

Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing (Luke 23:34; NLT).

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44; NIV).

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My mother,
Who is old,
Is slowly dying.

She’s never
Going to say
She’s sorry now.

Help me
To accept this,
To forgive her,

To understand,
And love her, Lord –
Somehow.

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New Year

Happy New Year everyone, though I know that for many of us, this won’t be an easy time. Life can be very hard, but the New Year does offer us the chance to make a fresh start. That’s what today’s prayer is about, so I’m sending it out early, for the sake of those who are struggling.

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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” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9; NLT).

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

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New Year –

The time
To face our losses squarely;

To grieve,
In preparation to move on.

Then accept, adapt,
And give up all self-pity,

And do our best
To learn to live again.

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