Prayer, spiritual development, personal growth, faith, exploration, wholeness,

Each defeat

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

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil (Matthew 4:1; NLT).

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

With your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall (2 Samuel 22:30; NIV).

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Lord,

May each defeat,
Each loss, fear,
And affliction

Be a turning-point,
A challenge,
An adventure –

A chance to face
And overcome
My demons,

A chance to grow
In confidence,
With you.

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Inner peace

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44; NIV).

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke11:4; NLT).

I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give (John 14:27; NLT).

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Each day, I pray for those
Who’ve hurt or damaged me,
Forgiving them afresh;

And I’ll do this, Lord,
Until the hurt is healed,
And all the damage overcome,

For then
I will have inner peace,
At last.

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Father and mother

Honour your father and mother (Exodus 20:12; NLT).

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

 

Lord,
Thank you for my father,
And my mother;

For all I experienced in childhood –
Good and bad;

And for all the consequences
I’ve survived;

For all I’ve learned,
And all I’ve had to overcome.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Convalescent

Convalescent

Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion (Psalm 103: 2-4; NIV).


Lord,
I’m sixty-two,
And convalescent
At last!

All my life
You’ve been helping me
To overcome my childhood.

All my life
You’ve been healing me
Step by step.

Thank you
For redeeming my life
From the pit.

Thank you
For crowning me
With your love and compassion.

Lord,
I’m making progress –
I’m sixty-two,
And convalescent
At last!

In Jesus’ precious name,
Amen.

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Self or others?

Self or others? 

Depression haunts my days (Job 30:16; NLT).

“I am nothing” (Job 40:4; NLT).

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34; NIV).

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6; NIV).


Father,
After church today,
However bad I feel about myself,
And however much I long
To escape from social contact,
Please help me
To overcome my awkwardness,
My lack of confidence,
And my miserably low self-esteem.

Help me instead
To think of others –
To notice those who look lonely,
Unwell,
Anxious,
Or depressed –
The ones who need to talk.

Then help me to approach them
With a smile,
Offering my interest,
Friendship,
Care,
And love –
As Jesus did.

In his dear name,
Amen.

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