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I don’t expect a dream

 

I don’t expect a dream,
Or revelation.

I don’t expect a vision,
Or a dove.

I don’t expect a miracle 
Of healing –

It’s enough for me to dwell, Lord, 
In your love.

 

References

I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever (Psalm 23:6; KJV).

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

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There is no healing

 

Lord, 
There is no healing
In dogmas, rules and creeds –

For only a relationship with you  
Can meet my needs. 

Lord,
There’s no forgiveness
In formal prayers of shame –  

For only a relationship with you  
Will clear my blame.

Lord,
There’s no salvation,
In attending church each week –

For only a relationship with you
Gives what I seek. 

Lord,
There is no kingdom 
To be found beyond my soul –

For only a relationship with you
Can make me whole. 

 

References

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:2; NLT).

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

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

Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness (Matthew 23:28; NLT).

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; KJV).

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God’s essence

This prayer comes with many thanks to Fr. Leo Cooper for his inspiring words.

 

God is the essence 
Of truth.

His Spirit descends 
Like a sword

To strengthen his Son
For a lifetime,

For Christ is his essence 
Out-poured.

 

God is the essence
Of healing.

His Spirit descends
Like a dove

To dwell in his Son
For a lifetime,

For Christ 
Is the essence of love.

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References

The very essence of your [God’s] words is truth (Psalm 119:160; NLT).

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV). 

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6; NLT).

The word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires (Hebrews 4:12; NLT).

Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword (Matthew 10:34; NLT).

The Son is the radiance of his glory and the representation of his essence (Hebrews 1:3; NET).

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14; NIV).

The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28; NLT).

I am the Lord who heals you (Exodus 15:26; NLT).

As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove (Mark 1:10; NLT).

This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased (Matthew 17:5; NIV).

Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River (Luke 4:1; NLT).

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13; NIV).

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A grace

 

May all I eat
Become your living body.

May all I drink
Become your precious blood.

May all my drugs
Become your healing touch, Lord.

May all I am
Become one with your love.

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References

Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body” (Matthew 26:26; NLT).

He took a cup of wine […] He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood” (Matthew 26:27-8; NLT).

They begged him to touch the man and heal him (Mark 8:22; NLT).

You are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NLT).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

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We humbly ask

We humbly ask forgiveness;
We ask for healing, too.

We ask for faith, and hope,
And strength, besides;

So that we may praise you,
Worship and adore you,

And help to spread your love, Lord,
Far and wide.

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Forgive us our sins (Luke 11:4; NLT).

Heal me, O Lord (Psalm 6:2; NLT).

The […] Spirit gives great faith (1 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

God [is] the source of all hope (Romans 15:13; NLT).

Give your strength to your servant (Psalm 86:16; NLT).

I will praise the Lord at all times (Psalm 34:1; NLT).

Worship the Lord (Psalm 96: 9; NLT).

We adore you (1 Chronicles 29:11; NLT).

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

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You make me whole

Love around me
And within;

All forgiven,
Free from sin;

Perfect healing 
Of my soul –

Lord, once more,
You make me whole.

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Unfailing love surrounds those who trust in the Lord (Psalm 32:10; NLT).

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

He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin ((Titus 2:14; NLT).

Heal my soul for I have sinned against you (Psalm 41:4; NKJV).

Is anything worth more than your soul? (Mark 8:36; NLT; alternative translation).

He restores my soul (Psalm 23:3; NKJV).

He was beaten so we could be whole (Isaiah 53:5; NLT).

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Our souls’ release

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly (John 10:10; NRSV).

Only he will release my feet from the snare (Psalm 25:15; NIV).

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

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Fill us, Lord,
With your forgiveness;

Fill us
With your healing light.

Fill us 
With your cleansing fire; 

Fill us 
With your lasting peace.

Fill us 
With your ceaseless love, Lord;

Fill us
With your precious truth.

Fill us
With abundant life, Lord,

So we gain
Our souls’ release.

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