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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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Interruptions

When someone “interrupts”
Our prayer

It doesn’t have to end, Lord,
Then and there, 

For our response,
Through what we say and do, 

Continues, Father God, 
Our prayer to you.

 

References

Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. Later Simon and the others went out to find him. When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you” (Mark 1:35-7; NLT). 
Never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).
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Constant prayer

With many thanks to Peter Johnston
for his inspirational words. 

 

May I live in you
Through constant prayer:
Resting, waking, working, Lord,
With you.

May I live in you
Through constant prayer:
Listening, speaking, serving, Lord, 
With you.

May I live in you
Through constant prayer:
Trying, struggling, failing, Lord, 
With you. 

May I live in you
Through constant prayer:
Suffering, fretting, waiting, Lord,
With you.

May I live in you
Through constant prayer:
Forever reuniting, Lord, 
With you. 

 

References

Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

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

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

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Exile (Isaiah 9:1-7; NRSV).

Lord,

I spent my early years
In bondage;
My teens and twenties
Trying to escape.

My thirties in the desert
Of depression;
My anxious forties 
In a pathless waste.

My fifties brought me    
To your promised freedom,
A land where I could start
To change and grow.

My sixties came with sickness,  
Loss, restriction,
Yet love and joy at last  
Began to flow. 

How many years remain? 
I cannot guess, Lord.
At present, I have time 
And space to pray –

No longer far from you,
Condemned to exile, 
I dwell in you, and you in me,
Each day. 

 

References

We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with his strong hand (Deuteronomy 6:21; NLT).

He has known your walking through this great wilderness (Deuteronomy 2:7; HNV).

He chose the Promised Land for our inheritance (Psalm 47:4; NLT).

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

You love him even though you have never seen him […] and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy (1 Peter 1:8; NLT).

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

The yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken (Isaiah 9:4; NRSV).

 

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Speak the truth

Father,

May I always 
Speak the truth 
To you in prayer,

With no pretence, 
”Forgetting”,
Or false shame;

And may I pray 
At all times 
In your Holy Spirit, Lord, 

With faith, and hope, 
And love,
Through your Son’s name.

 

References 

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

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

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion (Ephesians 6:18; NLT).

Three things will last forever — faith, hope and love — and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

Ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it (John 14:14; NLT).

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You made us

Lord, 

You made us; 
We belong to you. 

We’re part of you,
And of your realm above.

Therefore, we respond 
With ceaseless praise;

With thanks, rejoicing,
Constant prayer, and love. 

 

References

He made us, and we are his (Psalm 100:3; NLT).

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

The kingdom of God is within you ((Luke 17:21; NKJV).

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

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

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).

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Just another word

 

Prayer is just another word
For truth;

Life is just another word   
For blood.

Weak is just another word
For strong;

And death is just another word
For love. 

 

References

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

The life of the body is in its blood (Leviticus 17:11; NLT).

When I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10; NLT).

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13; NIV).

Living means living for Christ, and dying is even better (Philippians 1:21; NLT).

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