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Let go

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).

Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? (Job 2:10; NIV).

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

 

Lord,
Please help me
To let go
Again and again
Of longing
To be different
From how I am.

 

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Let go

Well, after the amazing spiritual high I wrote about yesterday, today has been something of an anti-climax, which perhaps isn’t very surprising. I feel exhausted, empty and dispirited, entirely devoid of inspiration.

However, I still have a few unpublished prayers in hand, so after a lot of thought, I’ve decided to continue posting until everything suitable has been used. If no fresh insights have come to me by then, I will have to bring this blogsite to a close, either for a while, or permanently. This prospect makes me very sad, but if it happens, I will have to accept it.

Anyway, for the moment, here is a short prayer I wrote some weeks ago:

 

Lord,
Please help me
To let go
Again and again
Of longing
To be different
From how I am.

 

References

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).

Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? (Job 2:10; NIV). 

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Sacred flame

Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame (Song of Songs 8:6; NLT).

Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us? (Luke 24:32; NLT).

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

The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

 

Lord,
The sacred flame
Of your love
Burns in our hearts,
As we wait in silence,
Longing to become
Much more like you.

 

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Longing

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

The Lord your God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).


God is love (1 John 4:16; NIV).

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

I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28: NLT).

 

Lord,
You are light –
And how we long
To see your brilliance.

You are fire –
And how we long
To feel your warmth.

You are love –
And how we long
To know your blessing.

You are peace –
And how we long
To share your rest.

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Waste

Waste

These wicked people are born sinners; even from birth they have lied and gone their own way (Psalm 58:3; NLT).

“A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living” (Luke 15:13; NLT).

So he returned to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him” (Luke 15:20; NLT).


Father,
We turn our backs on you
And go our own way,
Wasting our lives
In sin and selfishness.

Yet you wait for us
With arms outstretched,
Ready to forgive,
And longing to welcome us
With a kiss.

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Listening

Listening 

Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him (Deuteronomy 30:19-20; NIV).

The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out (John 10:3; NIV).

Father,
I focus my mind,
My heart
And my soul
On you alone.

Here I am,
Listening in the darkness,
Longing to hear your voice.

Please speak to me –
Show me your will,
And give me the strength
To carry it out.

I ask this in Jesus’ holy name,
Amen.

 

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