Personal growth, faith, prayer, contemplation, love, oneness,, Prayer

I lift my eyes

I lift my eyes to you, O God (Psalm 123:1; NLT).

Ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature (Romans 1:20; NLT).

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

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I lift my eyes
To see you
All around me, Lord,

And close my eyes
To see you
In myself.

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You hold us

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms (Deuteronomy 33:27; NIV).

God speaks again and again, though people do not recognise it (Job 33:14; NLT).

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up (James 4:10; NIV).

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

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Lord,
You hold us in your arms,
But we don’t see you;

You talk to us each day,
But we don’t hear;

You lift us when we fall,
But we don’t thank you;

Yet you love us as we are –
Year after year.

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THE ROCK

The rock

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand (Psalm 40:2; NLT).

“The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my saviour” (2 Samuel 22:2; NLT).


Lord,
Thank you
For loving me,
Saving me,
And setting my feet securely
On the rock
Of your presence.

I can never
Repay you –
Only love you in return,
With all my heart.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Contemplation

Contemplation

Sing to him a new song; play skilfully and shout for joy
(Psalm 33:3; NIV).

David was dancing before the Lord with all his might
(2 Samuel 6:14; NIV).

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

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


Lord,
I wish I could leap,
And dance,
And sing for joy
Before you.

But I can only
Lift my mind
And heart
And soul,
To worship you
In stillness,
And in silence.

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Prayer

Prayer

I lift my hands to you in prayer (Psalm 143:6; NLT).

I lift my eyes to you, O God (Psalm 123:1; NLT).

Let us lift our hearts and hands to God in heaven (Lamentations 3:41; NLT).

Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul (Psalm 25:1; KJV).


Lord,
I lift my hands to you
In prayer;

I lift my eyes to you
In faith;

I lift my heart to you
In love;

And I lift my soul to you
In awe.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Surfing

Surfing

Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me (Psalm 42:7; NIV).

The mighty waters engulfed me; I was buried beneath your wild and stormy waves (Jonah 2:3; NLT).

But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore – the LORD above is mightier than these (Psalm 93:4; NLT).

Kings will stand speechless in his presence (Isaiah 52:15; NLT).


Lord,
In contemplation,
I surf my breathing.

Again and again,
I try to catch a wave
And ride it towards you;
But a sea of problems
Swamps me,
Dragging me down
Into the depths.

Yet,
From time to time,
The surge lifts me up,
Sweeping me effortlessly
Into your presence,
And dropping me at your feet,
Where I am lost for words.

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Restoration

Restoration 

You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth (Psalm 71:20; 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).

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength (Isaiah 40:31; NLT).

I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore I will hope in him” (Lamentations 3:24; NLT).

He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

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


Lord,
Restore me to life again,
And lift me up
From the depths of the earth.

My body is weak –
Help me to find strength
In your power.

My mind is sad –
Help me to find hope
In your Word.

My heart is lonely –
Help me to find joy
In your presence.

My soul is empty –
Help me to find fulfilment
In your love.

Lord,
Restore me to life again,
And lift me up
From the depths of the earth,
I pray.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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