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Today and evermore

 

We know that you are love,
Lord God,

And those
Who live in love

Will live in you, 
And you in them

Today,
And evermore. 

So, may we live 
In ceaseless love 

For you, and all the world, 
Lord God,

With thanks, with joy, 
With constant prayer,

Today,
And evermore.

 

References

God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

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

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; 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). 

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT). 

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Empty me

 

Empty me, Father,
And fill me with Christ,

So I will be ready
For each sacrifice.

Empty me, Father,
And fill me with prayer,

So I will be ready  
To give, and to care.

Empty me, Father,
And fill me with love,

So I will be ready 
For heaven above.

Empty me, Father,
And fill me with grace, 

So I will be ready
To gaze on your face.

 

References 

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

God is love (1 John 4:16; NIV).

My grace is all you need (2 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

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

Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).

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Use me, Lord

 

Use me, Lord,
Exactly as you want to,

Help me to accept life,
Like your Son.

Let my constant prayer
Be his surrender:

Whatever you desire, 
Your will be done. 

 

References

Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me (Luke 9:23; NIV).

Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done (Luke 22:42; NIV).

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Existence

 

Lord God, 

I pray for everyone
Who thinks you don’t exist –

For those 
Who never say a prayer,

For those 
Who do not seek you out,

For those who don’t know 
You must wait for us

And what 
They miss.

 

References 

Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1; NLT).

They never even think of me and my commands, says the Sovereign Lord (Ezekiel 22:12; NLT).

They […] wouldn’t think of praying to the Lord (Psalm 14:4; NLT).

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT). 

The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

The Lord has done amazing things for us! What joy! (Psalm 126:3; NLT).

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Inner truth

 

Our prayers should voice 
Our inner truth,

But we are   
Deeply flawed,

And though we often
Fool ourselves,

You see our hearts,
Dear Lord.

 

References

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me […] You perceive my thoughts from afar […] You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:1-4; NIV).

If we claim to have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth (1 John 1:8; NLT).

People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7; NIV).

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Spiritual growth

 

 

There is no spiritual growth
Unless we’re honest, Lord.

Prayer is worth nothing 
If our words aren’t true. 

Facing and sharing 
Our shadow self 
Is vital.

May we never feign
Our ideal self
With you.

 

References 

Lord, you are searching for honesty (Jeremiah 5:3; NLT).

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

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

You know my thoughts (Psalm 139:2; NLT).

You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence (Matthew 23:25; NIV).

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Constant prayer

 

Lord,

May this be
My constant, eager prayer,

With every breath,
And every step I take,

With every heartbeat,
For your dear Son’s sake:

Father, 
I return to you.
I love you.

 

References

Pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

This is my dearly loved Son (Matthew 3:17; NLT).

The spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

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

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