Prayer

One perfect love

There is only one God (Romans 3:30; NLT).

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love (1 John 4:8; NIV).

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It makes no sense
For people of one faith
To hate those of another,
For there is only you –
Lord God –
One perfect Love
For all.

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Perfect

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

God have mercy on me, a sinner (Luke 18:13; NIV).

We do not have a high priest who is unable to empathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are (Hebrews 4:15; NIV).

 

Thank you for loving me
Just as I am, Lord God –
And never expecting me
To be perfect!

 

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Prayer

Spiritual surgery

The word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12; NIV).

Christ performed a spiritual circumcision – the cutting away of your sinful nature (Colossians 2:11; NLT).

The Lord your God will change your heart […] so that you will love him with all your heart and soul (Deuteronomy 30:6; NLT).

 

Lord,
I’m definitely
Not perfect.

I could have
Cosmetic surgery,

To reduce or enlarge
Different parts of my body.

But what would be the point
Of such superficial change?

Instead, I’d rather have
Your spiritual surgery,

To reduce my sinfulness,
Expand my mind,

And make my heart
As big as yours.

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Prayer

Forgiveness

My dear brothers and sisters: you must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry (James 1:19; NLT).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NIV).

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone (Colossians 3:13; NIV).

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).

 

Lord,
Help me to be slow
To take offence.

Help me to love my enemies,
And pray for them –

For none of us
Is perfect,

And I, too, have hurt others
Many times.

So, may your words
Be always in my heart –

Forgive us our sins,
As we forgive those
Who sin against us.

 

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Prayer

Change

I am the Lord and I do not change (Malachi 3:6; NLT).

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NIV).

 

Father,
You do not need to change,
For you are perfect;

But I need to change a lot –
I’m not perfect at all.

Please help me to change
A little bit each day,

Till I become
A little more like you.

 

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