Prayer

Faith

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see (Hebrews 11:1; NLT).

Teach us to realise the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom (Psalm 90:12; NLT).

For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).


Lord,
Having faith
Means knowing
You are with us,
And that we are always safe
In your hands,
No matter what suffering
Life brings
To test us.

Whatever we experience,
Please help us to grow
In wisdom,
And endurance.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Peace

Submit to God and be at peace with him (Job 22:21; NIV).

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).

Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? (Job 2:10; NIV).

For affliction does not come from the dust, nor does trouble spring from the ground; yet man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward (Job 5:6-7; NKJV).

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation (James 1:12; NLT).


We cannot be at peace
With ourselves,
Or with God,
Until we embrace
Our physical and mental suffering
As part of life,
And part of who we are.

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Illness

Illness

Yet I said to myself, “This is my sickness, and I must endure it” (Jeremiah:10;19; NIV).

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

For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).


Lord,
When new sickness strikes
On top of chronic ill-health,
As it inevitably will
From time to time,
Please help me to practice
Living by my watchwords –

Patience,
Acceptance,
Endurance;

Rest,
Realism,
And thankfulness.

I ask this
In Jesus’ holy name,
Amen.

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Fruition

Hello, friends. As I get older, I feel as if I’m sometimes just beginning to glimpse parts of the meaning and purpose of life. Yesterday, I saw something of this a little more clearly, and tried to set it down. This is how it came out…

Fruition
* The LORD your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul (Deuteronomy 13:3; NIV).
* For he will be like a refiner’s fire (Malachi 3:2; NIV).
* Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NIV).
* They will still bear fruit in old age (Psalm 92:14; NIV).
* But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-3; NIV).
* For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13; NIV).

Father,
How you test and refine us
In your fire!

When we suffer
And lose our way,
We can feel so alone –
But you are always with us.

Help us to learn
From each experience,
Maturing year by year
Till we bear fruit,
Becoming, at last,
All that you planned for us
Before our birth.

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