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God our Father

 

God our Father,
Holy One,
You love us all
And sent your Son.

Mary, Mother,
Holy Maid,
You heard God’s message
And obeyed.

Jesus, Saviour,
Holy Child,
Through you all things
Are reconciled.

Spirit, Helper,
Holy Dove,
You unify us
In God’s love.

 

References

This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins (1 John 4:40; NLT).

Mary said, Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word (Luke 1:38; RSV).

God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself (Colossians 1:19-20; NLT).

We have all been baptised into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13; NLT).

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SILENCE

Silence

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

Be silent before the LORD, all humanity (Zechariah 2:13; NLT).

Obey his commands, listen to his voice and cling to him (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation (Galatians 6:15; NLT).

Lord,
Waiting for you in silence
Is different every time…

Relaxing,
Restorative,
Or blissful;

Challenging,
Alarming,
Disturbing;

Inspiring,
Awesome –
Even revelatory;

For when you speak,
Our hearts
Are transformed,

And our lives
Turned
Upside down.

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Remember

Remember

Remember the LORD (Jeremiah 51:50; NLT).

Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

Worship the LORD with gladness (Psalm 100:2; NLT).

Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

Lord,
Please help me
To remember you all day,
Because when I forget you,
I also forget to thank you,
To worship you,
To listen for your voice,
And to see you in others.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Judgement

Judgement

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6; NLT).

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1; NLT).

But he will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives of wickedness (Romans 2:8; NLT).

Your wrath is as awesome as the fear you deserve (Psalm 90:11; NLT).


Lord,
We are sinners –
Our lives amount to nothing
Without you.

Please forgive
And heal us.
Help us to follow
Your dear Son –

For there is no other way
We can be saved
From your judgement, wrath,
And condemnation.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Fear, freedom and power

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Fear 

Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safety (Proverbs 29:25; NLT).

Serve only the LORD your God and fear him alone (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty (Ecclesiastes 12:13; NLT).


Father,
Fearing people
Is a dangerous trap,
But fearing you,
Trusting you,
And obeying your commands,
Brings safety.


Freedom and power

Instead, we will speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).


Father,
My newfound sense
Of freedom and power
Lies in being able to express
Things I previously didn’t dare
To voice at all.

Thank you so much
For my progress!

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Unworthy

Unworthy

In the same way, when you obey me you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have only done our duty’ (Luke 17:10; NLT).

But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me,  for I am a sinner’ (Luke 18:13; NLT).

Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the LORD your God and serve only him’ ” (Luke 4:8; NLT).


Lord,
I am your unworthy servant;
I don’t even do my duty!

Have mercy on me;
Heal and forgive me.

Help me to start afresh,
And to serve you alone.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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