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Starting again

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

Worship the Lord your God (Luke 4:8; NIV).

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

All night long I search for you; in the morning I earnestly seek for God (Isaiah 26:9; NLT).

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Lord,

I start again,
With every breath,

To concentrate 
My heart and mind on you;

Not just in silent prayer 
And times of worship,

But all day long,
And all night, Father, too.

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Prayer

Contemplation

Contemplation

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalm 19:14; NLT).

“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders” (Luke 15:4-5; NLT).

“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).


Father,
I want to fix
My heart and soul
On you,
In contemplation.

But my mind
Strays off repeatedly,
Wandering far away,
Despite my good intent.

Please help me
To gather up my thoughts,
And bring them gently back
Each time,
As Jesus would,
So I can concentrate on you
With all my strength.

In his dear name,
Amen.

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Contemplation

“Be still and know that I am God!” (Psalm 46:10; NLT).

Be silent before the LORD, all humanity (Zechariah 2:13; NLT).

“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28; NLT).

Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the LORD your God and serve only him” (Luke 4:8; NLT).


Father,
Again and again
I try to put my thoughts aside
So I can concentrate on you.

But it’s hard
To clear my mind
Of all my worries.

Help me to reach out to you,
My Lord and my God,
For you alone
Will I worship and serve.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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