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Love and prayer

 

Lord,
With constant praise and thanks,
May I rejoice in you today.

Lord,
With steady faith and hope,
May I delight in you today.

Lord,
With ceaseless awe and trust,
May I exult in you today.

Thus,
With steadfast love and prayer,
May I serve you, throughout today.

 

References

Praise him, you who serve the Lord (Psalm 135;1; NLT). 

Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; RSV).

Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

Take delight in the Lord (Psalm 37:4; NLT).

Trust in God (John 14:1; NLT).

Exult in his holy name (Psalm 105:3; NLT).

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

Fear the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly (Joshua 24:14; NLT).

 

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Without faith

I pray for those, Lord,  
Walking without faith,
For life is hard when we
Dismiss your love.  

I pray for those 
Who suffer without faith,
For pain is hard when we
Forget your blood.

I pray for those, Lord, 
Dying without faith,
For death is hard when we
Reject your grace. 

I pray for those 
Who meet you unprepared –
Awestruck, Lord,
To see you face to face. 

 

References

Jesus said to his disciples, “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22; NLT).

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).

This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many (Matthew 26:28; NLT).

My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9; 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).

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

Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).

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Trials and sorrows

Lord,

You send us many trials 
And sorrows –
Many opportunities 
To grow.

This means putting all our faith
In you, Lord;
This means trusting you,
And letting go.

When we kick against your will
We suffer –
Anger only adds
To what we face; 

But, when we accept your will  
As Christ did,
We rejoice –
Sufficient is your grace!   

 

References

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

When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).

If you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you (1 Peter 4:19; NLT).

Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his  last (Luke 23:46; NLT).

Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? You are hurting yourself by kicking against the goads (Acts 26:14; NET).

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9; NIV).

 

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Keep on praying

When I lose my way to you completely,
May I keep on praying, Lord, 
With faith. 

When I lose my faith in you completely,
May I keep on praying, Lord, 
With hope.

When I lose my sense of hope completely,
May I keep on praying, Lord, 
With trust.

And when I lose my trust in you completely,
May I keep on praying, Lord, 
With love.

 

References

They have lost their way (Jeremiah 50:6; NLT).

Keep on praying (Romans 12:12; NIV).

Have faith in God (Mark 11:22; NLT).

I will put my hope in God (Psalm 42:5; NLT).

If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord (Isaiah 50:10; 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).

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Speak the truth

Father,

May I always 
Speak the truth 
To you in prayer,

With no pretence, 
”Forgetting”,
Or false shame;

And may I pray 
At all times 
In your Holy Spirit, Lord, 

With faith, and hope, 
And love,
Through your Son’s name.

 

References 

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

Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV). 

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion (Ephesians 6:18; NLT).

Three things will last forever — faith, hope and love — and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

Ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it (John 14:14; NLT).

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When we lose our inner light

 

Father,
When we lose
Our inner light,
May we walk by faith, 
Instead of sight. 

Jesus,
When we yield
Those we hold dear, 
May we mourn with hope,
Instead of fear.

Spirit,
When we take 
Our final breath,
May we know your love,
Instead of death. 

 

References

We walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7; NLT).

Your days of mourning will come to an end (Isaiah 60:20; NLT).

Love is as strong as death (Song of Songs 8:6; NLT).

Three things will last forever – faith, hope and love – and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

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A holy faith

As you build yourselves up in your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting expectantly for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life (Jude 1:20-21; CSB).

 

We cannot build
A holy faith
By judging those
Who don’t behave like us.

We cannot build
A holy faith
By hating those
Who don’t agree with us.

We cannot build
A holy faith
By killing those
Who don’t share our beliefs.

We only build
A holy faith
By loving all our enemies,
And friends.

 

References

The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else’ (Luke 18:11; NLT).

How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! (Matthew 7:4-5; NLT).

Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God shows no favouritism. In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right” (Acts 10:34-5; NLT).

Love your enemies! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

You, too, must show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; NLT).

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