Personal growth, faith, prayer, contemplation, love, oneness,

Inner truth

 

Our prayers should voice 
Our inner truth,

But we are   
Deeply flawed,

And though we often
Fool ourselves,

You see our hearts,
Dear Lord.

 

References

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me […] You perceive my thoughts from afar […] You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:1-4; NIV).

If we claim to have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth (1 John 1:8; NLT).

People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7; NIV).

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When I tell you

Forgive us our sins as we have forgiven those who sin against us (Matthew 6:12; NLT).

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Lord,
When I tell you
I’ve forgiven
Those who hurt me,
We both know
It’s no more
Than wishful thinking.

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Need

…he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else (Acts 17:25; NIV).

‘For in him we live and move and have our being’  (Acts 17:28; NIV).

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1; NIV).


Lord,
We all need you,
But those of us who think
We don’t need you,
Need you most of all.

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CONTEMPLATION

Contemplation

“Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God” (Luke 12:21; NLT).

He himself gives life and breath to everything (Acts 17:25; NLT).

They will receive the LORD’S blessing and have a right relationship with God their saviour (Psalm 24:5; NLT).


Father,
Contemplation
Is even more important
Than water, food,
Medicine, shelter,
Family and friends –
For without it
We have no relationship
With you,
The giver and saviour
Of all life.

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Happiness

Happiness

Life is not measured by how much you own” (Luke 12:15; NLT).

People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7; NLT).

The LORD gave me what I had, and the LORD has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD!” (Job 1:21; NLT).

“Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God” (Luke 12:21; NLT).

Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found (Psalm 119:35; NLT).


Lord,
Please help me
Not be fooled
Into believing
That happiness depends
On my relationships,
Appearance,
Clothes,
Possessions,
Money,
Home,
Holidays,
Intellect,
Career,
Abilities,
Achievements,
Or state of health;

For sooner or later
Everything I think is mine
Will be taken from me,
Except my soul –
And you.

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Need

Need 

…he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else (Acts 17:25; NIV).

‘For in him we live and move and have our being’ (Acts 17:28; NIV).

God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us (Acts 17:27; NIV).

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1; NIV).

Father,
You make us all,
Giving us life and breath.

In you we live and move,
And have our being.

Please help us
To seek you,
Reach out to you,
And find you,
For you are not far
From any one of us.

Lord, we need you so much –
Especially those of us
Who think we don’t need you
At all!

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

 

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