Prayer, suffering, life, courage, help, bear, illness, mental, physical,

Christ hears

 

Christ hears the prayers 
Of our troubled minds, 
As he pleads in Gethsemane.

Christ hears the prayers 
Of our stricken hearts,
As he hangs on Golgotha’s tree.

Christ hears the prayers 
Of our wretched souls,
As he yearns for death’s release.

Christ hears the prayers 
Of our failing strength,
As he finds, at last, God’s peace.

 

References 

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).

He hears us (1 John 5:14; NIV).

They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray” (Mark 14:32; NLT).

He was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

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).

They brought Jesus to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of the Skull) (Mark 15:22; NLT).

Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross (Mark 15:24; NLT).

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).

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

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When I wake up

 

When I wake up
I turn afresh 
To Christ, who dwells
Within my flesh. 

Next, I begin  
To seek and find
The Christ, who dwells 
Within my mind.

Then I get up, 
To play my part
For Christ, who dwells
Within my heart.

And, all day long,
I’ll make my goal
The Christ, who dwells
Within each soul.

 

References

When I wake up, you are still with me! (Psalm 139:18; NLT).

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT). 

Let love be your highest goal (1 Corinthians 14:1; NLT).

Your real life is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3; NLT).

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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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Seek God

 

Seek God
In your desert;

Seek him 
Night and day.  

Seek him
In your ruins;

Seek him
When you stray.

Seek God 
In your wilderness;

Seek him
In the dark.

Seek him
In your brokenness;

Find him
In your heart.

 

References 

Keep on seeking and you will find (Luke 11:9; NLT). 

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness (Matthew 4:1; NLT).

I am like an eagle owl, like little owl among the ruins (Psalm 102:6; CSB).

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

You will cry out from anguish of heart and wail in brokenness of spirit (Isaiah 65:14; NIV).

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

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Our bodies come from dust

 

Our bodies come from dust, Lord God;
To dust they will return.

Our minds reach out to Christ, your Son,
The One from whom we learn.

Our hearts receive your Spirit, Lord, 
The One so many spurn,

But our souls are part of you, Lord God,
The One for whom we yearn.

Our souls are part of you, Lord –
And to you they will return. 

 

References 

You were made from dust, and to dust you will return (Genesis 3:19; NLT).

Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life” (John 6:68; NLT).

I will send you the Advocate – the Spirit of truth (John 15:26; NLT).

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).

I yearn for the Lord, more than watchmen do for the morning (Psalm 130:6; NET).

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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Closer

You’re closer than my flesh, Lord,
Closer than my mind;

Closer than my heart, Lord,
Closer than my soul;

Closer than my strength, Lord,
Closer than my breath;

Closer than my life, Lord,  
Closer than my death.

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References 

The Lord is close to all who call on him (Psalm 145:18; 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).

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

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

You have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you (1 John 2:27; NLT).

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

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Make us whole

How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? (Psalm 13:2; NLT).

O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me (Psalm 139:1:NLT).

“Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me” (Matthew 8:2; NLT).

Forgive all my sins (Psalm 25:18; NLT).

The oppressed will be set free (Luke 4:18; NLT).

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Lord Jesus,
I am stunted

(That’s no surprise 
To you),

By all the years  
Of mum’s abuse

(You know that
This is true).

Please heal us both
In flesh and bone,

In mind, and heart,
And soul;

Forgive our sins,
And set us free –

Christ Jesus, 
Make us whole! 

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