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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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When I can’t rejoice

When I can’t rejoice, Lord,
May I pray.

When I cannot pray, Lord, 
May I sleep.

When I cannot sleep, Lord,
May I rest.

When I cannot rest, Lord, 
May I weep.

When I cannot weep, Lord,
May I wait –

Enduring all,
For you will keep me safe. 

References

Always be joyful (1 Thessalonians 5:16; NLT).

Never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NLT).

I think, ‘My bed will comfort me, and sleep will ease my misery’ (Job 7:13; NLT).

I am churning within and cannot rest (Job 30:27; CSB).

I weep with sorrow (Psalm 119:28; NLT).

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

In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind (2 Corinthians 6:4; NLT).

You alone, O Lord, will keep me safe (Psalm 4:8; NLT).

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Thank you, Lord

 

Thank you, Lord, 
For loving us so much,
And waiting for us all
To turn to you;

For always being ready 
To forgive, 
And wanting us 
To share your Spirit too. 

Thank you, Lord,
For sending us your Son,
Our teacher, shepherd,
Living bread, and light;

Who died for us
So we can be forgiven,
And shows, in human form, 
What you are like.

 

References

The Lord must wait for you to come to him (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; RSV).

Christ […] died for sinners to bring you safely home to God (1 Peter 3:18; NLT).

In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form (Colossians 2:9; NIV).

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You witness all we think

 

You witness all we think,
And say, and do.

The secrets of our hearts
Are known to you.

You mark each sin,  
And yet you love us so.

You mark each sin – 
And wait to help us grow.

 

References

Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:4; NIV).

He knows the secrets of every heart (Psalm 44:21; NLT).

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

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

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Close your eyes

 

Close your eyes
In contemplation –

Let God’s light
Flow into you.

Then relax
In contemplation –

Let God’s peace
Flow into you.

Wait for God
In contemplation –

Let his fire
Flow into you.

Merge with God
In contemplation –

Let his love
Flow into you.

 

References 

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

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

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

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

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

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

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Existence

 

Lord God, 

I pray for everyone
Who thinks you don’t exist –

For those 
Who never say a prayer,

For those 
Who do not seek you out,

For those who don’t know 
You must wait for us

And what 
They miss.

 

References 

Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1; NLT).

They never even think of me and my commands, says the Sovereign Lord (Ezekiel 22:12; NLT).

They […] wouldn’t think of praying to the Lord (Psalm 14:4; NLT).

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT). 

The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

The Lord has done amazing things for us! What joy! (Psalm 126:3; NLT).

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Wait

Wait
Without speaking.

Hear 
Without sound.

Gaze
Without seeing.

God 
Will be found.

Pray
Without ceasing.

Live
Without sin.

Love
Without limit.

God
Is within.

………………………

References

Wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

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

God speaks again and again, though people do not recognise it (Job 33:14; NLT).

We fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen ((2 Corinthians 4:18). 

If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me (Jeremiah 29:13; NLT).

Never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NLT).

You are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NLT).

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

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

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