Prayer, suffering, life, courage, help, bear, illness, mental, physical,

When we suffer

 

Father,

When we suffer 
You suffer with us, too.

May we recognise 
Your presence,

Feel your love, 
And turn to you.

 

References

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

Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it! (Genesis 28:16; NLT).

Though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

Let us turn back to the Lord (Lamentations 3:40; NLT).

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Forgive, blame, anger, turn cheek, hurt, prayer,, Prayer

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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Healing

Then John went from place to place on both sides of the Jordan river, preaching that people should be baptised to show that they had repented of their sins and turned to God to be forgiven (Luke 3:3; NLT).

Lord, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee (Psalm 41:4; KJV).

Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong (Isaiah 55:7; NLT).

 

Lord,
What must we do
In order to find healing
For our souls?

The only way
Is to repent,
And turn to you;

To ask forgiveness,
And to change
Our sinful ways.

 

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IT’S RIDICULOUS!

It’s ridiculous!

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

God is light; in him there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5; NIV).

God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

Search for the LORD and for his strength; continually seek him (1 Chronicles 16:11; NLT).


Lord,
It’s ridiculous!

We don’t expect
To drive our cars
Day after day
Without refilling
Them with fuel;

So why do we expect
To drive our selves
Day after day,
Without turning to you
In silence,
And asking you
To refill us
With your light,
Love,
And strength?

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SILENCE

Silence

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

Be silent before the LORD, all humanity (Zechariah 2:13; NLT).

Obey his commands, listen to his voice and cling to him (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation (Galatians 6:15; NLT).

Lord,
Waiting for you in silence
Is different every time…

Relaxing,
Restorative,
Or blissful;

Challenging,
Alarming,
Disturbing;

Inspiring,
Awesome –
Even revelatory;

For when you speak,
Our hearts
Are transformed,

And our lives
Turned
Upside down.

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Wrongdoing

Wrongdoing

You, Lord, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you (Psalm 69:5; NIV).

“Therefore I will judge each of you, O people of Israel, according to your actions, says the Sovereign LORD. Repent, and turn from your sins. Don’t let them destroy you!” (Ezekiel 18:30; NLT).


Father,
Please help us all
To see
Our own wrongdoing,
To understand
The hurt and harm
We cause to others,
To be sorry,
And to change.

We ask this
In the name of your dear Son,
Our Saviour, Jesus Christ,
Amen.

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Contemplation

Contemplation

People are born for trouble as readily as sparks fly up from a fire (Job 5:7; NLT).

Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible” (Matthew 19:26; NLT).

…turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and soul (Deuteronomy 30:10; NLT).


Lord,
My mind is crowded
With troubled thoughts
And conflicting emotions –

Contemplation seems
Impossible.

Please help me
To put my worries aside,
And to turn to you
For the space
Of just one breath,
And then another,
And another –

For with you
Everything is possible.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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