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Six words

 

Six words are sufficient
When we pray to God each day:
Lord, I praise your holy name –
That’s all we need to say.

Five words are sufficient
When we pray to God each day:
I rejoice in you, Lord –
And that’s all we need to say.

Four words are sufficient
When we pray to God each day:
I forgive my enemies –
That’s all we need to say.

Three words are sufficient
When we pray to God each day:
Forgive my sins; forgive my sins –
That’s all we need to say.

Two words are sufficient
When we pray to God each day:
Thank you; thank you; thank you –
And that’s all we need to say.

One word is sufficient
When we pray to God each day:
Father; Father; Father –
And that’s all we need to say.

No words are sufficient
When we pray to God each day,
So let us kneel in silence –
He knows all we need to say.

 

References

When you pray, don’t babble on and on (Matthew 6:7; NLT).

Praise his holy name (Psalm 30:4; NLT).

His name is the Lord – rejoice in his presence! (Psalm 68:4; NLT).

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

Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

All glory to God our Father forever and ever! (Philippians 4:20; NLT).

The Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words (Romans 8:26; NLT).

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:1-4; NIV).

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I praise you

 

Father God,
I praise you –
You are so kind to me.

Father God,
I thank you –
You heal, and set me free.

Father God,
I love you –
You wash away my sin.

Father God,
I serve you –
My Saviour, and my King.

 

References

How kind the Lord is! (Psalm 116:5; NLT).

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

He is the God […] who sets me free from my enemies (2 Samuel 22:49; NIV).

You are my Father, my God, the Rock my Saviour (Psalm 89:26; NIV).

You are my King (Psalm 44:4; NLT).

 

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Thank our Saviour

 

Thank our Saviour
Day and night;
Praise, rejoice, and pray.

Know his presence;
Seek his face;
Hear all he has to say.

Share his comfort
And his joy;
His deep, unfailing love;

His freely-given sacrifice
Of life, and breath,
And blood.

 

References

She never left the temple but stayed there day and night, worshipping God with fasting and prayer (Luke 2:37; NLT).

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave you are there (Psalm 139:7-8; NLT).

Seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11; NIV).

Listen to his voice (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

He comforts us in all our troubles (2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT).

The joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10; NLT).

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

No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily (John 10:18; NLT).

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With constant praise

 

Lord,
With constant praise and thanks, 
May I rejoice in you today.

Lord,
With steady faith and hope,
May I delight in you today. 

Lord, 
With ceaseless awe and trust, 
May I exult in you today.

Lord,
With steadfast love and prayer, 
May I serve you, throughout today. 

 

References

Praise him, you who serve the Lord (Psalm 135;1; NLT). 

Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; RSV).

Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

Take delight in the Lord (Psalm 37:4; NLT).

Trust in God (John 14:1; NLT).

Exult in his holy name (Psalm 105:3; NLT).

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Fear the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly (Joshua 24:14; NLT).

 

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All is well

Here in your hand
How safe I am,
Almighty God, 
At your command.

Well or ill,
Just as you please,
Loving you, 
And praising still.

So may I stay
To serve you, Lord,
And pray to you
All night and day.

Here may I dwell
At one with you,
Your temple, Lord, 
Where all is well.

 

References

The life of every living thing is in his hand (Job 12:10; NLT).

“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28; NLT). 

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only (Luke 4:8; NIV).

Never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshipping God with fasting and prayer (Luke 2:37; NLT).

All is well (1 Kings 5:4; NLT).

 

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Love and prayer

 

Lord,
With constant praise and thanks,
May I rejoice in you today.

Lord,
With steady faith and hope,
May I delight in you today.

Lord,
With ceaseless awe and trust,
May I exult in you today.

Thus,
With steadfast love and prayer,
May I serve you, throughout today.

 

References

Praise him, you who serve the Lord (Psalm 135;1; NLT). 

Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; RSV).

Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

Take delight in the Lord (Psalm 37:4; NLT).

Trust in God (John 14:1; NLT).

Exult in his holy name (Psalm 105:3; NLT).

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Fear the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly (Joshua 24:14; NLT).

 

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Through Jesus

We praise our God
Through you, his Son, our Saviour,

And humbly ask forgiveness
Through your name.

All healing is requested
Through your title; 

All signs and wonders worked, Lord,
Through the same. 

So may we spread the Gospel 
Through your power;

In all we say, may we 
Become like you,

Whilst always giving thanks
Through you to heaven, 

And serving God
Through everything we do.   

 

References 

Let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name (Hebrews 13:15; NLT).

Everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name (Acts 10:43; NET).

Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus (Acts 4:30; NIV).

Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name (Romans 1:5; NLT).

Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Colossians 3:17; RSV).

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