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Our hearts

The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7; NIV).

“For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on” (Luke 21:4; NLT).

We all come to the end of our lives as naked and empty-handed as on the day we were born (Ecclesiastes 5:15; NLT).

Lord,
You’re not dazzled
By designer-label clothes,
Or disgusted
By filthy rags.

You’re not impressed
By generous donations,
Or disappointed
By deep poverty.

For you look only at our hearts,
And to you we are all
Naked and empty-handed –
As on the day we were born.

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Naked and empty-handed

We all come to the end of our lives as naked and empty-handed as on the day we were born (Ecclesiastes 5:15; NLT).

We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26; NLT).

But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12; NLT).


Lord,
We are naked
And empty-handed
Before you,
Every day –

Men and women,
Young and old,
Rich and poor,
Sick and well –

Yet you love us all
So much,
For we are
Your children.

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When I’m hungry

“Then the King will say to those on his right  […] I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me” (Matthew 25:34-6; NLT).

“Do to others as you would like them to do to you” (Luke 6:31; NLT).


Father,
When I’m hungry,
You feed me.

When I’m thirsty,
You give me drink.

When I’m a stranger,
You invite me in.

When I’m naked,
You clothe me.

When I’m sick,
You care for me;

And when I’m in prison,
You visit me.

Lord,
Please help me
To do the same
For others.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’  He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me’ (Matthew 25:44-45; 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).


Lord,
How can I pray for myself,
When others are hungry,
Thirsty,
Lonely,
Naked,
Sick,
And in prison?

Instead,
I pray for all humanity –
For every one of us is wretched,
Pitiful,
Poor,
Blind,
And naked
Before you.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Life

Life

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

All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things. When you hide your face, they are terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust (Psalm 104:27-9; NIV).

Then he [Job] fell to the ground in worship and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised” (Job 1:20-21; NIV).

Lord,
My life is entirely
In your hands.

Please show me your will,
And help me
To follow it.

That’s all I ask.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Faith and action

Faith and action 

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead (James 2:14-17; NIV).

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’ ” (Matthew 25:37-40; NIV).

Father,
We pray for those
Who lack the water,
Food,
Medical care,
Clothes,
Shelter,
Security,
Family,
Freedom,
Faith,
Hope
Or love
They need.

Please help us
To show them
Something of
Your generosity
And care
In every way we can –
Today,
And every day.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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A revelation

Hello to every reader. Despite the huge inequalities we see in the world around us, we are all powerless, pitiful wretches in the eyes of God… 

A revelation

*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).
* Is he not the One who says to Kings, ‘You are worthless,’ and to nobles, ‘You are wicked,’ who shows no partiality to princes and does not favour the rich over the poor, for they are all the work of his hands? (Job 34:18-19; NIV).

Father,
You see us all,
Just as we are –
For even the rich,
The powerful
And the famous
Are wretched and pitiful, 
Poor, blind and naked 
To you.

 

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