Prayer, spiritual development, personal growth, faith, exploration, wholeness,

Each defeat

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

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil (Matthew 4:1; 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).

With your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall (2 Samuel 22:30; NIV).

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Lord,

May each defeat,
Each loss, fear,
And affliction

Be a turning-point,
A challenge,
An adventure –

A chance to face
And overcome
My demons,

A chance to grow
In confidence,
With you.

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Prayer, prayer, healing, contemplation, oneness, love,

Here and now

The Kingdom of God is already among you (Luke 17:21; NLT).

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches (Matthew 13:31-2; NLT).

The kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17; NLT).

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The Kingdom of God
Is here and now –

Not pie in the sky,
Not after our death;

And it’s up to us
To help it grow –

Though offering love
To all, without exception.

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Like you

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

Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ (Ephesians 5:2; NLT).

Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him (Colossians 3:10; NLT).

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

 

Lord,
You are love –

Please help me
To become
Much more
Like you.

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Faith

It is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8; NIV).

Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit (Romans 7:6; NLT).

 

Lord,
Rules and doctrines
Have no bearing
On my faith at all,
For it’s a gift
From you,
Which grows
As I experience you
In contemplation.

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To love you

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another (1 John 4:11; NIV).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (James 2:8; NLT).

 

To love you
Is to cherish
Other people, Lord.

To love you
Is to care
How others feel.

To love you
Is to listen
To their problems.

To love you
Is to help them
Grow and heal.

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Forgiveness

Forgive our sins for your name’s sake (Psalm 79:9; NIV).

The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

 

Father,
Please forgive my sins,
And help me
To forgive myself
As well,

So I can learn
From my mistakes,
And grow more like
Your Son.

I ask all this
For his name’s sake,
Amen.

 

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