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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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King of kings

 

Lord,
In contemplation,
May I forget my cares,
So I can lose myself in you,
For you know all my prayers.

Lord,
In contemplation,
May I forget to plead,
So I can lose myself in you,
For you know what I need.

Lord,
In contemplation,
May I forget each friend,
So I can lose myself in you
As words come to an end.

Lord,
In contemplation,
May I forget each foe,
So I can lose myself in you,
And leave behind all woe.

Lord,
In contemplation,
May I forget to pray,
So I can lose myself in you
And leave life far away.

Lord,
In contemplation,
May I forget all things,
Until, at last, there’s only you,
Lord God, the King of kings.

 

References

God has made me forget all my troubles (Genesis 41:51; NLT).

You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord (Psalm 139:4; NIV).

Your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him (Matthew 6:8; NLT).

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

He is Lord of all lords, and King of all kings (Revelation 17:14; NLT).

 

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Rejoice, give thanks and pray

 

The Lord our God is over all,
For he makes all there is.
He dwells in all; he lives through all;
And everything is his.

All things are one with you, Lord God,
You give us life each day,
So may we constantly rejoice,
Give thanks to you, and pray.

The Lord our God is water, air,
Mountains, skies and seas;
The plants that grow to feed his flocks,
All creatures, crops, and trees.

All things are one with you, Lord God,
You give us life each day,
So may we constantly rejoice,
Give thanks to you, and pray.

The Lord our God is earth and fire,
Flesh, and bones, and blood;
He dwells in us, and shares our pain
With deep, unfailing love.

All things are one with you, Lord God,
You give us life each day,
So may we constantly rejoice,
Give thanks to you, and pray.

In every thought, in every word,
In everything we do,
May we grow more like Christ, his Son,
Who lives within us, too.

All things are one with you, Lord God,
You give us life each day,
So may we constantly rejoice,
Give thanks to you and pray.

 

References

There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; 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).

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

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

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

We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

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New day

 

Thank you, Lord,
For this new day.

May I rejoice
Along the way,

Express your love
In all I say,

And never cease
To watch and pray.

 

References

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).

Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation (Matthew 26:41; NIV).

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When I rest

 

When I rest,
You rest beside me,
Watching over me
In sleep.

When I walk,
You walk beside me,
Helping where the path
Is steep.

When I sit,
You sit beside me,
Teaching me
The way ahead.

When I fear,
You stay beside me,
Sharing all my tears
And dread.

When I stray
You stray beside me,
Guarding me with staff
And rod.

When I pray,
You pray beside me,
Lifting up my heart
To God.

 

References

He who watches over you will not slumber (Psalm 121:3; NIV).

As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them (Luke 24:15; NIV).

Jesus told him, “I am the way” (John 14:6; NLT).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

The Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; RSV).

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I love you

 

Thank you, Lord,
For this new day:
I love you.

Thank you 
For the time to pray:
I love you.

May I rejoice
Along the way:
I love you.

And always find
The time to say:
I love you.

 

References

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NLT).

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

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I cry to you

 

Lord,
When I can’t pray
I cry to you;
When I can’t face the day
I fly to you.

Lord,
When I’m storm-tossed
I cry to you;
And when all hope is lost
I fly to you.

Lord,
When I despair
I cry to you;
Trusting in your care,
I fly to you.

Lord,
When I must die
I’ll cry to you,
And then my soul, at last,
Will fly to you.

 

References

Hear my cry, O Lord (Psalm 119:149; NLT).

Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest (Psalm 55:6; NKJV).

The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” (Matthew 8:25; NLT).

Our hope is lost (Ezekiel 37:11; RSV).

I am sick with despair (Psalm 35:12; NLT).

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

He cares about you (1 Peter 5:7; NLT).

All of us must die eventually (2 Samuel 14:14; NLT).

When Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit (Luke 23:46; KJV).

Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear and we fly away (Psalm 90:10; NLT).

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

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