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The truth

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free
(John 8:32; NLT).

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Meditation doesn’t mean
Observing our thoughts dispassionately,
Then simply letting them go.

Instead, it’s an opportunity
To grasp our secret thoughts
So we can hear them –

For then
We will learn the truth
About ourselves.

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Women and girls

There is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus 
(Galatians 3:28; NKJV).

All of you are equal as brothers and sisters (Matthew 23:8; NLT).

 

Lord,
I pray for all the women and girls
Throughout the world
Who are condemned
To lives of inferior status,
Value,
Power,
Freedom,
And opportunity
By men –
For all of us
Are equal in your sight,
Almighty God.

 

 

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Rewards and punishments?

Rewards and punishments? 

About this time, Jesus was informed that Pilate had murdered some people from Galilee as they were offering sacrifices at the Temple. “Do you think those Galileans were worse sinners than all the other people from Galilee”? Jesus asked. “Is that why they suffered? Not at all!” (Luke 13:1-3; NLT).

The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD (Job 1:21; NLT).

Should we accept only good from the hand of God, and never anything bad? (Job 2:10; NLT).

But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction (Job 36:15; NIV).

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything (James 1:4; NIV).

Be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NLT).


Father,
We don’t deserve
The good things
That happen to us –
For they are not rewards;

Nor do we deserve
The bad ones –
For they are not punishments.

Instead,
You speak to us through both,
Giving us the opportunities we need
To reach maturity.

Lord,
Thank you for everything
That happens to us –
Good and bad.
May we always be prepared
To learn from both.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Practicing the presence of God

Hello everyone. It can be frustrating to reach bedtime and realise that despite our good intentions, we’ve forgotten God throughout pretty much the whole day. Practicing the presence of God means being consciously aware of his nearness throughout the day, and when we wake at night. I’m no expert, but I do try, and can certainly confirm that this takes lots of practice.  Still, every day is a fresh opportunity to try again…

Practicing the presence of God

  • On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night (Psalm 63:6).
  • …when I awake, I am still with you (Psalm 139:18).
  • Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice (Psalm 55:17).
  • …surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:20).

My dear Father,
Please help me to practice your presence
All day and all night.

Help me to remember you,
Seek you,
Love you,
Worship you,
Praise you,
Pray to you,
And serve you,
All day and all night.

That’s all I ask!

In the name of Christ,
Amen.

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Serving God

Hello, everyone. Today’s prayer is a very simple, basic request to be given a chance to serve God, and to be helped to respond. It’s good to say a prayer like this at the start of every day, to remind us to be ready for when that moment comes – and come it will. There is always that moment when we know we have a choice between stepping forward to help, and passing by on the other side of the road…

Serving God 

And who is my neighbour?” (Luke 10:29; NIV).

Father,
I can do nothing without you –
Please help me to serve you today.

Give me an opportunity, Lord,
And help me to recognise it.

Show me what to do,
And what to say.

Help me to respond immediately, 
And to do my best, for your sake.

Father,
I can do nothing without you –
Please help me to serve you today.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

 

 

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