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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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Seek God

 

Seek God
In your desert;

Seek him 
Night and day.  

Seek him
In your ruins;

Seek him
When you stray.

Seek God 
In your wilderness;

Seek him
In the dark.

Seek him
In your brokenness;

Find him
In your heart.

 

References 

Keep on seeking and you will find (Luke 11:9; NLT). 

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

I am like an eagle owl, like little owl among the ruins (Psalm 102:6; CSB).

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

You will cry out from anguish of heart and wail in brokenness of spirit (Isaiah 65:14; NIV).

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

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When I feel lonely

 

Lord,
When I feel lonely
And depression fills my mind,

I hear the words
You said on earth:

Seek God,
And you will find.

Lord,
When I’ve offended you, 
And sorrow fills my heart,

I hear the words
You said on earth:

Turn back
For a fresh start. 

Lord,
When I reach paradise,
And you receive my soul,

I’ll hear the words
You said on earth:

Your faith
Has made you whole.

 

References 

Keep on seeking and you will find (Luke 11:9; NLT). 

Turn from your wicked ways and start doing things right (Jeremiah 35:15; NLT).

Your faith has made you well (Luke 8:48; NLT).

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Seeking you

 

Lord,

I’d rather spend 
My whole life 
Seeking you 
Without success,  

Than search 
For any other ‘god’ –
And find!

References

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

If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you (Jeremiah 29:13-14; NLT).

You must acknowledge no God but me (Hosea 13:4; NLT).

There is no other god but me! (Deuteronomy 32:39; NLT).

A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked (Psalm 84:10; NLT).

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Expectations

Help me to give up my expectations 
That others, Lord, will give me what I ask.  

Then I’ll never suffer disappointment,  
But squarely face each trial and each task. 

Help me to give up my expectations 
That others, Lord, should give me what I seek. 

Then I’ll never suffer disillusion, 
For all of us are fallible and weak.

Help me to give up my expectations
That others, Lord, can tell me what to do.

Then I’ll never suffer desolation,
But instead I’ll bear my cross, and trust in you.

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References

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

If you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple (Luke 14:27; NLT).

Unfailing love surrounds those who trust in the Lord (Psalm 32:10; NLT).

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Life on earth

 

Lord,

If, one by one, 
We give up trying to seek you,

Dropping our attempts 
To love and serve 

Till there are no believers left 
At all,

What will the future hold
For life on earth?

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References

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

If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me (Jeremiah 29:13; NLT).

The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. Do all these evildoers know nothing? They devour my people as though eating bread; they never call on the Lord (Psalm 14:2-4; NIV).

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Worship in the dark

Seek God
In your wilderness;

Bless him
In your fear. 

Thank him
In your suffering;

Praise him, 
He is near.

Find God 
In your desert;

Love him
In your heart.

Serve him
In your ruins;

Worship
In the dark.

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Keep on seeking and you will find (Luke 11:9; NLT). 

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

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

Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it! (Genesis 28:16; NLT).

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart (Luke 10:27; NLT).

I am like an eagle owl, like little owl among the ruins (Psalm 102:6; CSB).

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

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