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Seek God

 

Seek God
In your desert;

Seek him 
Night and day.  

Seek him
In your ruins;

Seek him
When you stray.

Seek God 
In your wilderness;

Seek him
In the dark.

Seek him
In your brokenness;

Find him
In your heart.

 

References 

Keep on seeking and you will find (Luke 11:9; NLT). 

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness (Matthew 4:1; NLT).

I am like an eagle owl, like little owl among the ruins (Psalm 102:6; CSB).

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

You will cry out from anguish of heart and wail in brokenness of spirit (Isaiah 65:14; NIV).

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; KJV).

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Our wasteland

Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer (Luke 5:16; NLT).

I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty (John 6:35; NLT).

Each one will be like […] streams of water in the desert (Isaiah 32:2; NLT).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NIV).

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Out of our wasteland
Comes worship.

Out of our famine
Comes food.

Out of our desert
Comes water.

Out of our solitude,
Love.

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My essence

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

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

You are God, my only safe haven (Psalm 43:2; NLT).

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).

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Father,
My essence,
I seek you;

Father,
My ocean,
My night.

Father,
My desert,
I love you.

Father,
My haven,
My light.

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Dry bones

If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me (Jeremiah 29:13-14; NLT).

He found them in a desert land, in an empty, howling wasteland (Deuteronomy 32:10; NLT).

He led me all around among the bones that covered the valley floor. They were scattered everywhere across the ground and were completely dried out (Ezekiel 37:2; NLT).

You are with me (Psalm 23:4; NIV).

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Lord,
I seek you out
In lonely desert sands,
Whilst wandering among
My own dry bones –
For you are here.

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Dry

O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water (Psalm 63:1; NLT).

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help? (Psalm 22:1; NLT).

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13; NLT).

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; NRSV).


My God,
Where are you?
Have you abandoned me?

My body is weak,
My mind, distressed.
My heart is empty,
And my soul is dry.

Let me hear your voice,
And feel your presence,
For my life is a desert
Where I cannot even pray.

Father,
Please help me.
May your Son
Give me the strength
To search for you,

And your Sprit
Pray for me,
With sighs
Too deep for words.

Amen.

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My Jesus prayer

Many readers will have heard of the Jesus Prayer, which is thought to come from the teaching and practice of the Desert Fathers in 5th century Egypt (Wikipedia). Some people repeat it continually, as a way of practising God’s presence. Others use it as a blessing or appeal for help before doing anything significant. Examples of such moments might include when trying to keep your temper, writing a difficult letter, making a phone call you would rather avoid, discussing a problem, or doing something you fear. Some days ago, I wrote a slightly expanded version of my own. Whatever version you use, the idea is to learn it by heart and to use it frequently, so it becomes automatic to reach for it, and to use it, the moment you realise you need God’s help.

My Jesus prayer

* Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16; NIV).
* As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David” (Matthew 9:27; NIV).
* Help us, God our Saviour, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake (Psalm 79:9; NIV).
* And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors (Matthew 6:12; NIV).
* “Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant” (Daniel 9:17; NIV).
* …the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace (Numbers 6:26; NIV).

Lord Jesus Christ,
Son of the Living God,
Have mercy on us.

Forgive us our sins,
As we forgive those who sin against us.

Hear our prayers,
And turn your face toward us.

Give us peace,
And bring us to everlasting life,
Amen.

 

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