Our humble King

Lord God, I pray
For all, today,

Who will not listen
For your voice,

Or long for you;
Or make the choice

To seek your Son,
The Holy One,

And follow him,
Our humble King.

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If only you would listen to his voice today! (Psalm 95:7; NLT).

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

The holy one to be born will be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35; NIV).

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said (Matthew 4:19; NIV).

Look, your king is coming to you. He is humble (Matthew21:5; NLT).

You can’t be hurried

We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God (Romans 8:28; NLT).

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

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Lord, you can’t be hurried,
Or restricted;

You cannot be controlled,
Or made to wait.

Lord, you can’t be pressured,
Or commanded;

You are never early,
Never late.

Instead, your timing, Lord,
Is always perfect –

You make things work together
For our good;

So, may we seek you humbly,
And with patience,

As we wait in contemplation,
Full of love.

Presence

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

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7).

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

God speaks again and again (Job 33:14; NLT).

Come into his presence (1 Chronicles 16:29; NLT).

 

Lord God,
You live within us all,

But we ignore, forget, or shut you out,
As best we can.

We don’t make space
To look for you in stillness;

We don’t wait silently
To hear your voice;

Nor do we spend time with you
In solitude.

Please help us, Lord,
To seek your holy presence,

Then to listen humbly,
And to learn.

 

God’s hand

God’s hand 

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand (1 Peter 5:6; NIV).

In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind  (Job 12:10; NIV).

…when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things (Psalm 104:28; NLT).

…when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust (Psalm 104:29; NLT).

For then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; 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).


Lord,
My life
Is in your hand.

When you open it,
I am satisfied
With good things.

When you close it,
I will die
And turn to dust.

Then my spirit
Will return to you,
Who gave it,

And I will praise your name
For evermore –
In paradise. 

Self-righteousness

Self-righteousness

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned” (Luke 6:37; NIV).

“For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured out to you” (Matthew 7:2; NIV).

…no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison
(James 3:8; NIV).

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you”
(Luke 6:27; NIV).

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it (Psalm 34:14; NIV).

“For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Luke 18:14; NIV).


Father,
How come we are never
So sure we’re in the right,
As when we’re in the wrong?

Sure that what we’re thinking
Is wholly justified –
Even when it’s judgemental?

Sure that what we’re saying
Is wholly justified –
Even when it’s hurtful?

Sure that what we’re doing
Is wholly justified –
Even when it’s unkind?

Lord,
Please help us
To think, and say, and do
Only that which is righteous
In your sight –
Not in our own!