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The worst and the best

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

Everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard (Romans 3:23; NLT).

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Lord God,
I live in you,
And you in me.

Perhaps I am
The very worst
Of you,

But you, Lord,
Are the very best
Of me.

 

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New Year

Happy New Year everyone, though I know that for many of us, this won’t be an easy time. Life can be very hard, but the New Year does offer us the chance to make a fresh start. That’s what today’s prayer is about, so I’m sending it out early, for the sake of those who are struggling.

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I was given a thorn in my flesh […] Three times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9; NLT).

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10; NLT).

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New Year –

The time
To face our losses squarely;

To grieve,
In preparation to move on.

Then accept, adapt,
And give up all self-pity,

And do our best
To learn to live again.

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For all who do not know you

Lord God,
I pray for all
Who do not know you;

For all
Who do not know
How much you care;

For all
Who do not know
How much you love us;

For all
Who live beside you,
Unaware.

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The fool says in his heart, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1; NIV).

“My people are foolish and do not know me,” says the Lord (Jeremiah 4:22; NLT).

They never call on the Lord (Psalm 14:2-4; NIV).

You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realise that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked (Revelation 3:17; NIV).

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

He is right beside me (Psalm 16:8; NLT).

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The greatest tragedy

“My people are foolish and do not know me,” says the Lord Jeremiah 4:22; NLT).

They never call on the Lord (Psalm 14:2-4; NIV).

You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realise that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked (Revelation 3:17; NIV).

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

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Lord God,
The greatest tragedy
Of all
Is living unaware of you,
And of your love.

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Your love

Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity (1 Timothy 4:12; NLT).

You yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind (Titus 2:7; NLT).

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Lord,

May your love
Fill the world
Through our behaviour,
And your light
Shine on everyone
Through us.

May your truth
Come to all
Through how we listen,
And your way
Be revealed
Through how we live.

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When we don’t seek you

There are so many references for this short prayer that I’ve included them underneath it.

 

Lord,
When we don’t seek you
In our souls,
We lose our chance
To live at one with you.

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

There is a spirit within people, the breath of the Almighty within them (Job 32:8; NLT).

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

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

In him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28, NIV).

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

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No matter what befalls us

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).

God [is] the source of all my joy (Psalm 43:4; NLT).

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NIV).

God is love (1 John 4:8; NLT).

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Lord,

No matter
What befalls us,

May we live
In your light,

Share
In your joy,

Rest
In your peace,

And dwell
In your love –

For evermore.

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