Prayer, suffering, life, courage, help, bear, illness, mental, physical,

Trials and sorrows

Life brings us, Lord, 
So many trials and sorrows,

Which invite us 
To grow more and more
Like Christ. 

Please help us face  
And learn from them,  
As he did,

Who, out of love,
Became our sacrifice. 

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References 

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

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

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10; NIV).

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Our pearl

Lord,
You are our pearl 
Beyond all price;

Our Shepherd King,  
Our way,
Our sacrifice;

Our gold, our goal,
Our Saviour,
And our spur;

Our fragrant oil, 
Our frankincense,
Our myrrh.

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References

The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking out for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it! (Matthew 13:45-6; NIV).

The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need (Psalm 23:1; NLT).

I am the way (John 14:6; NLT).

God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin (Romans 3:25; NLT).

Let love be your highest goal (1 Corinthians 14:1; NLT).

He has sent us a mighty Saviour! (Luke 1:69; NLT).

A woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table (Matthew 26:7; NKJV).

Then they opened their treasure and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh (Matthew 2:11; NIV). 

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A taste of paradise

At times you give me joy, Lord –
A taste of paradise.

At times you give me suffering –
A taste of sacrifice.

But, good or bad, I thank you,
However life may go,

For when my faith is tested
I have a chance to grow.

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God gives […] joy to those who please him (Ecclesiastes 2:26; NLT).

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NIV). 

Fortitude means fixity of purpose, endurance, having the strength to live with what constrains you (Luke 1:38; NKJV).

 When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).

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Moments of ecstasy

Moments of ecstasy;
Tempted; alone.

Facing your destiny:
God’s cornerstone.

Embracing a future
Revealed by a dove:

Infinite sacrifice;
Infinite love.

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He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun (Matthew 17:2; NIV).

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted (Matthew 4:1; NLT).

“Listen,” he said, “we’re going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die” (Matthew 20:18; NLT). 

The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone (Psalm 118:22; NLT).

After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son” (Matthew 3:16; NLT).

This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many (Matthew 26:28; NLT).

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13; NLT).

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Pour out

Pour out

So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us (Ephesians 1:6; NLT).

And he said to them, “This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice for many (Mark 14:24; NLT).

The Jewish believers who came with Peter were amazed that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles too (Acts 10:45; NLT).


Father God,
You make us,
And sustain our lives.

You pour yourself out
For us each day –
So how can we fail
To thank you?

Son of Man,
You came to live
And die for us.

You pour yourself out
For us each day –
So how can we fail
To follow you?

Holy Spirit,
You fill our hearts
And comfort us.

You pour yourself out
For us each day –
So how can we fail
To love you?


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Care and share

Care and share 

“Is this not the kind of fasting I have chosen: […] to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” (Isaiah 58:7-7; NIV).

John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same (Luke 3:11; NIV).

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased (Hebrews 13:16; NIV).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Luke 10:27; NIV).

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6; NIV).

Lord,
Please help us all
To care for one another,
Regardless of colour,
Race,
Or creed,
And to share
The world’s resources
More fairly
With those who have
Less than ourselves.

We ask this
In Jesus’ holy name,
Amen.

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Night prayer

Night prayer 

* In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety (Psalm 4:8; NIV).
* On my bed I remember you (Psalm 63:6; NIV).
* For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8; NIV).
* This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10; NIV).
* Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12; NIV).

Father God,
Thank you for today –

For every breath I’ve taken,
And each beat of my heart;

For my senses and emotions,
The ability to think, speak and act.

For my water, food and medication,
My clothes, and everything I’ve used;

For my family and home,
Friends, neighbours and church;

But most of all,
Thank you for your gift of faith,
And for sending your dear Son
To live and die for me,
So my sins can be forgiven
And I can belong to you.

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