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Each defeat

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

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil (Matthew 4:1; NLT).

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

With your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall (2 Samuel 22:30; NIV).

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Lord,

May each defeat,
Each loss, fear,
And affliction

Be a turning-point,
A challenge,
An adventure –

A chance to face
And overcome
My demons,

A chance to grow
In confidence,
With you.

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Faith

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see (Hebrews 11:1; NLT).

Teach us to realise the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom (Psalm 90:12; NLT).

For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).


Lord,
Having faith
Means knowing
You are with us,
And that we are always safe
In your hands,
No matter what suffering
Life brings
To test us.

Whatever we experience,
Please help us to grow
In wisdom,
And endurance.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Faith

Faith

‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner’  (Luke 18:13; NLT).

For the law never made anything perfect. But now we have confidence in a better hope, through which we draw near to God (Hebrews 7:19; NLT).

…let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings (Hebrews 10:22; NIV).

Father,
If only I were sinless,
I would approach you
With such confidence –
But that will never
Be the case.

Instead,
I must rely on your mercy,
And on having faith
That despite my sinfulness,
You unfailingly allow me
To draw near.

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The basics of faith

The basics of faith

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see (Hebrews 11:1; NLT).

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind (Luke 10:27; NIV).

Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent” (John 6:29; NLT).

But when my Father sends the Advocate as my representative – that is, the Holy Spirit – he will teach you everything (John 14:26; NLT).

‘You must worship the LORD your God and serve him only’ (Luke 4:8; NLT).


Father,
I love you
With all my heart, soul,
Mind and strength.

I believe
In your Son,
Our Saviour,
Jesus Christ.

Please fill me
With your Holy Spirit,
Our Advocate
And Teacher.

May I live
In your presence forever,
Worshipping and serving
You alone.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Assertiveness

Assertiveness

But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!” (Matthew 14:27; NLT).

With your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall
(2 Samuel 22:30; NIV).

The God of Israel gives power and strength to his people (Psalm 68:35; NLT).

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


Lord,
Please give me
The courage and confidence I need
To assert my boundaries with others.

Help me to be honest
About my limits,
Limitations,
Opinions,
Emotions,
And choices.

Then I will be myself with everyone
Speaking the truth in love,
Without suppression,
Anxiety,
Or fear.

I ask this in Jesus’ perfect name,
Amen.

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Self or others?

Self or others? 

Depression haunts my days (Job 30:16; NLT).

“I am nothing” (Job 40:4; NLT).

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34; NIV).

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


Father,
After church today,
However bad I feel about myself,
And however much I long
To escape from social contact,
Please help me
To overcome my awkwardness,
My lack of confidence,
And my miserably low self-esteem.

Help me instead
To think of others –
To notice those who look lonely,
Unwell,
Anxious,
Or depressed –
The ones who need to talk.

Then help me to approach them
With a smile,
Offering my interest,
Friendship,
Care,
And love –
As Jesus did.

In his dear name,
Amen.

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Speaking out

…speaking the truth in love we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ (Ephesians 4:15).

How painful are honest words! (Job 6:25).

 

Lord Jesus,
If I stay silent
In unpleasant situations,
Nothing will change;

But speaking out is stressful,
Risky and disturbing –
So I often make mistakes.

Afterwards, I’m anxious,
And unsure of my ground.

Was I right to be direct,
Or should I have stayed silent?

Lord, please help me
To speak the truth
With confidence and love –
Like you.

Amen.

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