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May we be one

I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one – as you are in me, Father, and I am in you (John 17:21; NLT).

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Lord, may I
Be one with you.

Lord, may you
Be one with me.

No longer two,
May we be one,

Today,
And for eternity.

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One God

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

There is […] one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all (Ephesians 4:4-6; NIV).

I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God (Isaiah 45:5; NIV).

 

Before my birth,
In life,
In death,
And for eternity,
You’re always with me,
Always here within me –
For there is no God but you,
My Lord,
And holy is your name.

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Brokenness

Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory
(1 Corinthians 15:43; NLT).

God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you” (Hebrews 13:5; NLT).

I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me (Psalm 16:8; NLT).

If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord and rely on your God (Isaiah 50:10; NLT).

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

 

Lord,
Thank you for being with us
In our brokenness –

In sickness,
Sorrow,

Failure,
Sin,

And loss
Of faith –

Throughout
Our lives,

In death,
And for eternity.

 

 

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Suffering and joy

Suffering and joy

Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward (Job 5:7; NIV).

Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away (Psalm 90:10; NIV).

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever”
(Revelation 21:4; NLT).

Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy (Psalm 22:26; NLT).


Lord,
We know that suffering is inevitable
In this fallen world,
But in heaven it will end at last.

For you will wipe every tear from our eyes,
And there will be no more death,
Or sorrow, or crying, or pain.

Then our hearts
Will sing your praise with joy,
For all eternity!

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Life, death and eternity

Life, death and eternity

So at last the king gave orders for Daniel to be arrested and thrown into the den of lions (Daniel 6:16; NLT).

Then he ordered some of the strongest men of his army to bind Shadrach, Mesach, and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace (Daniel 3:20; NLT).

Yea, 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).

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying (John 11:25; NLT).


Lord,
When life throws me
Into the lions’ den,
Or tosses me
Into the fiery furnace,
May I fear no evil,
For you are always with me –
In life,
In death,
And for all eternity.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Ready

Hello to all readers. Today’s prayer has a story behind it. Earlier this year I had to see a hospital consultant about a longstanding throat problem. At the back of my mind, I thought it might be cancer. I felt very calm about it, and was completely prepared for bad news. In fact, I was looking forward keenly to being united with God, and not having to wrestle with the hurts of life any more. When I was told it was it wasn’t serious, I had to face up to how bitterly disappointed I was not to be heading for an early death. The hardest part of the whole thing was being honest with my husband about it all, but I felt better after finding a new way ahead, as expressed in today’s prayer…

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  • If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord (Romans 14:8; NIV).
  • …I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands (Psalm 31:14-15).
  • The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21).
  • Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me (Psalm 23:4).

Father,
Thank you for loving me.
Thank you for my faith,
For I am nothing without you.

You give to me, and you take away.
Blessed is your holy name.

Whatever your will for me,
I accept it.

While you want me to live,
I will live for you.

When you want me to die,
I will die for you.

At death,
I will be reunited with you at last.

Thank you, Lord, for being with me,
In life, in death,
And for all eternity.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Stripped

Hello to all readers. The idea for this prayer came to me just as I was leaving a house-group meeting yesterday evening. The insight was plain to me, but in the hubbub of saying goodbye to everyone, and getting ready to walk home, I didn’t make time to write it down. Fortunately, it didn’t disappear, and I was able to sketch it out at bedtime, then write it next morning.
 
 Stripped

Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21).

Father,
As we go through life,
All 
that we think we have

Is stripped away,
Until there is nothing left
But you.

As the years pass,
We slowly lose our youth, 
Looks and health.

Later our energy, 
Mobility and independence 
Start to fail.

In time, 
Our senses, 
Memory and dignity fade, 
Until one final breath
Sweeps life itself away.

Then we are released at last,
To be united with you 
In perfect freedom and joy
For all eternity.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.
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