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Your kingdom

 

When love reigns, Lord, instead of hate,
And trust, instead of fear;
When peace prevails instead of war,
Your kingdom will be near.

When kindness dwells in every heart,
And we care every day
For people, creatures, and this world,
Your rule, Lord, will hold sway.

When your light shines from every soul
And brings an end to sin;
When hope dries every bitter tear,
Your realm will be within.

Lord, when we share more equally,
And all of us are one
With you, and with the earth, our home,
Your kingdom will have come.

 

References

They will hammer their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war any more (Isaiah 2:4; NLT)

Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near (Matthew 3:2; NLT).

Show mercy and kindness to one another (Zechariah 7:9; NLT).

He will rule with fairness and justice (Isaiah 9:7; NLT).

Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness (Isaiah 58:10; NLT).

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

Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help (Isaiah 58:7; NLT).

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one (John 17:22; NLT).

There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10; NIV).

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Rejoice, give thanks and pray

 

The Lord our God is over all,
For he makes all there is.
He dwells in all; he lives through all;
And everything is his.

All things are one with you, Lord God,
You give us life each day,
So may we constantly rejoice,
Give thanks to you, and pray.

The Lord our God is water, air,
Mountains, skies and seas;
The plants that grow to feed his flocks,
All creatures, crops, and trees.

All things are one with you, Lord God,
You give us life each day,
So may we constantly rejoice,
Give thanks to you, and pray.

The Lord our God is earth and fire,
Flesh, and bones, and blood;
He dwells in us, and shares our pain
With deep, unfailing love.

All things are one with you, Lord God,
You give us life each day,
So may we constantly rejoice,
Give thanks to you, and pray.

In every thought, in every word,
In everything we do,
May we grow more like Christ, his Son,
Who lives within us, too.

All things are one with you, Lord God,
You give us life each day,
So may we constantly rejoice,
Give thanks to you and pray.

 

References

There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; 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).

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

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

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

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Life brings suffering (2)

 

Today’s prayer links back to yesterday’s. Whilst the previous one was about sharing the sufferings of Christ, today’s focuses on sharing the sufferings of others.

 

Father,

Life brings suffering
And pain.

May we bear it, learn from it,
And gain

In empathy and love,
So we can share

The suffering of all,
And show we care.

 

References

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

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

Mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15; NRSV).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

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Remember

 

Remember God’s presence
Within you;
Accept good and bad
From his store.

He shares every sorrow
He sends you,
So worship him, praise,
And adore.

Then, though you share
His Son’s passion,
His loneliness, anguish,
And pain,

You will also share
His resurrection,
His glory, his joy,
And his reign.

 

References

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

Should we accept only good from the hand of God, and never anything bad? (Job 2:10; NLT).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

As we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too (2 Corinthians 1:5; RSV).

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying” (John 11:25; NLT).

If we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering (Romans 8:17; NLT).

If we endure hardship, we will reign with him (2 Timothy 2:12; NLT).

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When I rest

 

When I rest,
You rest beside me,
Watching over me
In sleep.

When I walk,
You walk beside me,
Helping where the path
Is steep.

When I sit,
You sit beside me,
Teaching me
The way ahead.

When I fear,
You stay beside me,
Sharing all my tears
And dread.

When I stray
You stray beside me,
Guarding me with staff
And rod.

When I pray,
You pray beside me,
Lifting up my heart
To God.

 

References

He who watches over you will not slumber (Psalm 121:3; NIV).

As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them (Luke 24:15; NIV).

Jesus told him, “I am the way” (John 14:6; NLT).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

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

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Thank our Saviour

 

Thank our Saviour
Day and night;
Praise, rejoice, and pray.

Know his presence;
Seek his face;
Hear all he has to say.

Share his comfort
And his joy;
His deep, unfailing love;

His freely-given sacrifice
Of life, and breath,
And blood.

 

References

She never left the temple but stayed there day and night, worshipping God with fasting and prayer (Luke 2:37; 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).

I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave you are there (Psalm 139:7-8; NLT).

Seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11; NIV).

Listen to his voice (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

He comforts us in all our troubles (2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT).

The joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10; NLT).

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily (John 10:18; NLT).

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Burn our sins

 

Burn our sins, Lord,
In your fire,
And heal us
With your endless light.

Lead us 
To your holy truth,
And guide us 
Though our souls’ dark night.

Share with us
Your perfect peace,
And help us grasp
Your peerless love.

Show us, Lord,
Your only Son,
And sanctify us
With his blood.

 

References

The Lord your God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV). 

God is light (1 John 1:5; NLT). 

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

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

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16; NIV).

Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates to make his people holy by means of his own blood (Hebrews 13:12; NLT).

 

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