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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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Everything you make

 

Lord,
You shine
On everything you make,
And everything you make
Reflects your light.           

Lord, 
You kindle
Everything you make,
And everything you make    
Burns with your fire. 

Lord,
You breathe
On everything you make,
And everything you make
Exhales your peace.

Lord,
You speak 
Through everything you make,
And everything you make
Declares your truth. 

Lord,
You care 
For everything you make,
And everything you make
Reveals your love. 

Lord,
You dwell
In everything you make,
And everything you make
Depends on you.

 

References

God is light (1 John 1:5; NLT). 

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

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

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

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

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

They all depend on you (Psalm 104:27; NLT).

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Just like you

I need not ask 
What others think
Before I make my mind up —
Just like you, Lord.

I need not  judge 
What others want
Before I grasp my feelings — 
Just like you. 

I need not wait
For others to agree     
Before I speak out boldly — 
Just like you, Lord.

I need not watch 
To see how others act
Before I do what’s right, Lord –
Just like you.

 

References

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

I want you to show love (Hosea 6:6; NLT).

I want you to show mercy (Matthew 12:7; NLT).

Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight (Deuteronomy 6:18; NLT).

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May I shed your light

 

Father,
May I shed your light 
On everyone I know.

Father,
May I sow your peace  
Everywhere I go.

Father,
May I speak your truth
To everyone I meet.

Father,
May I spread your love
To everyone I greet.

 

References

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

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

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

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

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Pray honestly

 

Pray honestly,
Unceasingly –

Say all 
You want to say.

Then listen 
In the silence,

As God speaks to you
Today.

 

References

Lord, you are searching for honesty (Jeremiah 5:3; NLT).

You desire honesty from the womb (Psalm 51:6; NLT).

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

Pray about everything. Tell God what you need (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

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

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Hatred

 

The only thing I hate
Is hate itself, Lord,

So I take my example
From your Son,

Who, though he suffered, 
Never hated others,

But spoke the truth in love
To everyone.

 

References 

You have heard the law that say, ‘Love your neighbour’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! (Matthew 5:43-4; NLT).

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34; NIV).

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

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There’s something to be learned

 

Lord,

There’s something
To be learned
From all that happens.

Each hurt  
Can help us grow,
Though we are weak.

For with you                       
We can speak truth 
To those who hurt us,

Forgive them all,
And turn
The other cheek.

 

References

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

He knows how weak we are (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

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

Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us (Luke 11:4; NIV).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NIV).

If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also (Matthew 5:39; NLT).

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