Prayer, spiritual development, personal growth, faith, exploration, wholeness,

Standards

We will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ (Ephesians 4:13; NLT).

Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ (Ephesians 5:2; NLT).

We will be like him (1 John 3:2, NLT).

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Lord Christ,
You set
The very highest standards

Of thought, and word
And deed
In every way,

Not only
For yourself,
But for us, too –

So please help us
To grow more and more
Like you.

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Make time

God is with us (Matthew 1:23; NLT).

Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

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Lord,
Help me to make time for you
Today –

By constantly remembering
Your presence,

Always praying and rejoicing;
Giving thanks;

Including you in every thought,
And word, and deed –

Lord,
Help me to make time for you
Today.

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In contemplation

You are close beside me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

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Lord,

In contemplation,
I don’t even need

To let my thoughts
And feelings go.

I simply let them be
Just as they are,

Whilst I look on,
With you beside me,

Watching and waiting
Till they fade away,

And only you
And I remain

As one.

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What were the joys of your body?

Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily bedside the well about noontime (John 4:6; NLT).

Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew human nature (John 2:24; NLT).

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

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).

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What were the joys
Of your body?

What were the thoughts
In your mind?

What was the fear
In your heart, Lord?

What was the grief
In your soul?

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May I rejoice in you

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).

Serve the Lord with gladness (Psalm 100:2; CSB).

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Lord,
May I rejoice in you
With every breath,

Pray to you
With every thought,

Thank you
With every word,

And serve you
In everything I do.

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My dull mind

The Lord […] reveals his thoughts to mankind (Amos 4:13; NLT).

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son (John 3:16; NLT).

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

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Lord,

May my dull mind
Be one with yours,
So I can share your thoughts
In contemplation.

May my cold heart
Be one with yours,
So I can share your love
For every person.

May my small soul,
Be one with yours,
So I can share
Your unity with all.

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