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We belong to you

 

Thank you, Lord,
That we belong to you;

We are your people –
Family, and friends; 

Disciples, servants,
Followers, and slaves,

Your sons and daughters, Lord, 
Until life’s end. 

 

References

Whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord (Romans 14:8; NIV).

I will be their God, and they shall be my people (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

Jesus replied […], “Anyone who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother” (Mark 3:33-5; NLT).

Our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God (Romans 5:11; NLT).

Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples (John 13:35; NLT).

I am the Lord’s servant (Luke 1:38; NLT).

If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me (Matthew 16:24; NLT).

Whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else (Mark 10:44; NLT).

I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty (2 Corinthians 6:18; NLT).

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).

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Your servant

 

Lord, I am your servant.
I want to do your will.

Every time I falter, 
May I serve you still. 

Lord, I am your servant.
I want to do my best.

Every time I stumble,
Help me through the test. 

Lord, I am your servant.
I want to serve you well.

Every time I tumble,
Rescue me from hell.

Lord, I am your servant,
Although the very least. 

When my life is over,
Let me die in peace.

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References

I am the Lord’s servant.  (Luke 1:38; NLT).

Everyone will be tested with fire (Mark 9:49; NLT).

He rescues me (Psalm 35:9; NLT).

Not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:38; NLT).

Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all (Mark 9:35; NIV).

How fleeting my life is (Psalm 39:4; NLT).

Let your servant die in peace, as you have promised (Luke 2:29; NLT).

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Spirit of our Father

If we love one another, God lives in us (1 John 4:12; NIV).

I no longer live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20; NIV).

The Holy Spirit …lives within us (2 Timothy 1:14; NLT).

O Lord, I am your servant (Psalm 116:16; NLT).

And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord (Luke 1:38; KJV).

 

Spirit of our Father,
Spirit of your Son,
Blessed Holy Spirit,
Sacred Three in One,

Please make your home
Within me,
And help me
To become

Your servant
And your handmaid,
Until my life
Is done.

 

 

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My goal

My goal

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14; NIV).

Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant (Galatians 1:10; NLT).


Lord,
You are my goal.

Please help me
To leave behind
All that proves unhelpful
As I press on through life
Towards you –
Even if other people
Disapprove!

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GOD WHO LOVES US

God who loves us

Jesus […] emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men (Philippians 2:5-7; ESV).

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners (Romans 5:6; NLT).

Our God is a God who saves! (Psalm 68:20; NLT).

And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children (Ephesians 3:6; NLT).

For we know how dearly God loves us (Romans 5:5; NLT).


Father,
You laid aside your glory,
Pouring yourself out
To be born on earth –
For you are the God
Who lived with us.

Jesus,
You laid down your life,
Pouring yourself out
So our sins can be forgiven –
For you are the God
Who died for us.

Spirit,
You lay open your truth,
Pouring yourself out
To live in our hearts –
For you are the God
Who saves us.

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
You lay bare your plan,
Pouring yourself out
To offer us eternal life –
For you are the God
Who loves us.

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Writing

Writing

“Here I am” (1 Samuel:3:4; NIV).

“O Lord, please leave me – I’m too much of a sinner to be around you” (Luke 5:8; NLT).

“Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you” (Luke 7:6-7; NLT).

“Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:9; NIV).

…and after the fire, a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; KJV).


Lord,
Here I am, in contemplation,
Overwhelmed by your presence,
And afraid.

Part of me wants to say:
“Lord, leave me! I’m a sinner,
And I don’t deserve to be near you.”

But a braver part of me says:
“Speak, Lord,
For your servant is listening.”

Then I write down
What you teach me,
As best I can.

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Speak, Lord

Speak, Lord 

‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening’ (1 Samuel 3:9; NIV).

“When you pray, don’t babble on as people of other religions do” (Matthew 6:7; NLT).

Be silent before the LORD, all humanity (Zechariah 2:13; NLT).

If only you would listen to his voice today! (Psalm 95:7; NLT).


Friends,
Here is one of the most important texts
In the Bible:

Speak, Lord,
For your servant is listening.

But from the way we babble on in prayer,
Anyone would think it means:

Listen, Lord,
For your servant is speaking!

Father,
May your Holy Spirit
Help us to wait on you in silence,
Ready to hear your voice today,
And do your will.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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