Faith, hope, love, God, Prayer, presence, suffering

Constant prayer

With many thanks to Peter Johnston
for his inspirational words. 

 

May I live in you
Through constant prayer:
Resting, waking, working, Lord,
With you.

May I live in you
Through constant prayer:
Listening, speaking, serving, Lord, 
With you.

May I live in you
Through constant prayer:
Trying, struggling, failing, Lord, 
With you. 

May I live in you
Through constant prayer:
Suffering, fretting, waiting, Lord,
With you.

May I live in you
Through constant prayer:
Forever reuniting, Lord, 
With you. 

 

References

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

Pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17; CSB).

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

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When we want to talk about ourselves

 

Lord,
When we want to talk about ourselves,
Remind us others may have problems, too,
So we can ask, and listen,
Just like you.

Lord,
When we feel sorry for ourselves,
Remind us others may be suffering, too,
So we can ask, and comfort them,
Like you.

Lord,
When we crave support just for ourselves,
Remind us others may need cheering too,
So we can ask, and strengthen them,
Like you.

Lord,
When we long for love to come our way,
Remind us others may feel lonely, too,
So we can ask, and love them,
Just like you.

 

References

How frail is humanity! How short is life, how full of trouble (Job 14:1; NLT).

They suffer painfully; their life is full of trouble (Job 14:22; NLT).

When Jesus heard them, he stopped and called, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Matthew 20:32; NLT).

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2; NLT).

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

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Chosen One

 

Lord Jesus,
You are God’s Chosen One.
Please help me to listen for your voice.

Lord Jesus,
You are the way. 
Please help me to follow your path.

Lord Jesus,
You are the truth. 
Please help me to live by your gospel.

Lord Jesus,
You are the life. 
Please help me to serve you with a willing heart.

 

References

This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him (Luke 9:35; NLT).

I am the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6; NLT).

Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind (1 Chronicles 28:9; NLT).

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Pray honestly

 

Pray honestly,
Unceasingly –

Say all 
You want to say.

Then listen 
In the silence,

As God speaks to you
Today.

 

References

Lord, you are searching for honesty (Jeremiah 5:3; NLT).

You desire honesty from the womb (Psalm 51:6; NLT).

Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

Pray about everything. Tell God what you need (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

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

Listen to his voice (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

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Spend time alone

Spend time alone
To seek God’s holy presence;

Be silent   
As you listen for his voice.  

With eyes closed
You may see his dazzling glory;

And in stillness
You may join his sacred dance. 

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References

He [Jesus] left in a boat to a remote area to be alone (Matthew 14:13; NLT).

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

God shines in glorious radiance (Psalm 50:2; NLT).

 Golden splendour comes from the mountain of God. He is clothed in dazzling splendour (Job 37:22; NLT).

Be still before the Lord (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

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Patient silence

When you pray, don’t babble on as people of other religions do (Matthew 6:7; NLT).

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

Wait patiently for the Lord (Psalm 27:14; NIV). 

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

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Lord,

Forgive us
When we pray

Without listening
For your voice,

And help us
To wait for you

In patient
Silence.

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Come to me

Come to me
in contemplation –
Let my light and love
Flow in.

Come to me
In contemplation –
Free from weariness
And sin.

Come to me
In contemplation –
Listen for my voice
Within.

Come to me
In contemplation –
Drop the need to strive
And win.

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Jesus said, “Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

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

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

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “ I am the light of the world” (John 9:5; NLT).

This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to him (Mark 9:7; NLT).

Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all” (Mark 9:35; NIV).

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