Soul

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it (1 Corinthians 12:27; NIV).

There is one Lord … who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

Remain in me, and I will remain in you (John 15:4; NLT).

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

All who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).


Lord,
My soul is part of you,
And you are part of me.

You live within
And through me
Every day.

Please help me to remain in you,
As you remain in me –
For evermore.

At death,
I will return to you
With willing heart.

So, thank you
For being part of me,
As I am part of you.

Here I am

“Here I am” (1 Samuel 3:5; NLT).

O God, you know how foolish I am; my sins cannot be hidden from you (Psalm 69:5; NLT).

For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

You know of my shame, scorn and disgrace (Psalm 69:19; NLT).

You know everything I do (Psalm 130:3; NLT).

…he knows the secrets of every heart (Psalm 44:21; NLT).


Lord,
Here I am,
With all my sins
And weaknesses,
My ill-health,
And anxieties,
Low self-esteem,
Depression,
And my painful awkwardness
In social situations.

Please forgive,
And heal,
And help me,
Through and through.

Thank you for loving me,
And living in my heart,
Despite all that I am,
And all I’m not

Or perhaps because of it –
For only you know fully
Why I need your help
So much.

Freedom

For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17; NLT).

He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins (Ephesians 1:7; NLT).

He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone (1 Timothy 2:6; NLT).


Father,
Thank you for the freedom
To think for myself,
Read what I want,
Speak my mind,
Go where I wish,
Do what I think best,
And worship as I choose.

Please help all those
Throughout the world
Who don’t have
These precious freedoms.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Unworthy

Unworthy

In the same way, when you obey me you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have only done our duty’ (Luke 17:10; NLT).

But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me,  for I am a sinner’ (Luke 18:13; NLT).

Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the LORD your God and serve only him’ ” (Luke 4:8; NLT).


Lord,
I am your unworthy servant;
I don’t even do my duty!

Have mercy on me;
Heal and forgive me.

Help me to start afresh,
And to serve you alone.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.