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In silent prayer

 

In silent prayer,
I face my inner wasteland.

In silent prayer,
I face temptation, too.

In silent prayer,
I face my fears and failures.

In silent prayer,
I face my self, like you. 

 

References 

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

Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer (Luke 5:16; NLT).

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

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The way to God

He found them in a desert land, in an empty, howling wasteland (Deuteronomy 32:10; NLT).

He has known your walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the Lord your God has been with you (Deuteronomy 2:7; HNV).

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

The Lord is close to all who call on him (Psalm 145:18; NLT).

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The way to God 
Lies through our howling wastelands,

Through suffering and failure, 
Pain and fear;

Through brokenness, and grief,
And sharp temptation,

For when we’re in our desert
He is near.

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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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Stay close

 

Lord of all creation,
Lord of all temptation;

Lord of golden light,
Lord of darkest night;

Lord of life and breath,
Lord of brutal death;

Lord, whom we betray,
Stay close to us today.

 

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God created everything through him (John 1:3; NLT).

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

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

He was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

The Saviour – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem (Luke 2:11; NLT).

Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross (Mark 15:24; NLT).

Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them (John 18:5; NLT).

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

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TEMPTATION

Temptation

And “don’t sin by letting anger control you” (Ephesians 4: 26; NLT).

People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison (James 3:7-8; NLT).

And don’t let us yield to temptation (Matthew 6:13; NLT).

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


Lord,
When we’re angry,
We can so easily
Hurt others
With our silence,
Words,
Or actions –

So please help us
To resist temptation,
And to speak the truth
In love.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Contemplation

Contemplation

Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth
(Psalm 46; 10; NIV).

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

Father,
I never seem to have
Enough time
For silent contemplation.

I’m often tempted
To cut it short,
So I can get on
With all the practicalities
Of my day.

But what could be
More important
Than reaching out to you
Before it starts?

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