Prayer

God’s image

So God created human beings in his own image (Genesis 1:27; NLT).

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NIV).

The LORD looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one (Psalm 14:2-4; NIV).

You are the God who sees me (Genesis 16:13; NIV).


Heavenly Father,
You made us
In your image,
To be perfect –
Just like you.

Yet with every passing day
We choose to be
More selfish,
Coarse,
And brutish;

More ignorant,
Exploitative,
And greedy;

More sinful,
Violent,
And corrupt.

How must you feel, Lord,
As you watch us
Growing ever less like you?

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ONE GOD

One God 

There is only one God (Romans 3:30; NLT).

Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror (1 Corinthians 13:12; NLT).

But these oppressors know nothing; they are so ignorant! (Psalm 82:5; NLT).

The LORD looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. Do all these evildoers know nothing? (Psalm 14:2-4; NIV).

For the leaders of my people – the LORD’S watchmen, his shepherds, – are blind and ignorant (Isaiah 56:10; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Matthew 19:18; NLT).

But anyone who does not love does not know God – for God is love. (1 John 4:8; NLT).


Father,
You are the only God,
But, making you in our own image,
We misconstrue you
In our many different ways.

Then, being ignorant and foolish,
We argue over who is right,
Determined to impose our views
On those we think are wrong –
Even if that means using force.

Meanwhile, you look on,
Grieved beyond measure
By our wilful blindness,
Cruelty, and violence;

For when we fail to love
Others as ourselves,
We show them that
We don’t know you at all
As you are Love.

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UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

Unconditional love

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; NLT).

For 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).

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

And the Father, as he had promised, gave him the Holy Spirit to pour out upon us (Acts 2:33; NLT).

The LORD looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt (Psalm 14:2-3; NIV).


Lord,
You made the world,
And gave us your Son.
You forgive our sins,
And heal our wounds.
You pour out your Spirit,
And offer us eternal life.

What’s more –
You do all this
Despite knowing
Exactly how we behave
Towards each other,
And towards you.

Now,
That’s what I call
Unconditional love!

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Christmas

Christmas

Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord (Luke 2:11; NIV).


Father,
I’ve just watched
Some pre-Christmas adverts
On TV.

Their only purpose
Is to make money,
By persuading us
To indulge in excess food,
Alcohol,
And ‘gifts’
We don’t need.

They want us to believe
These things will make us happy,
Rather than corrupting us
In body,
Mind,
And soul.

Lord,
How have we moved
From a simple celebration
Of your birth,
To this appalling orgy
Of over-consumption
And materialistic waste?

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