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Inner demons

Today’s prayer is a development from yesterday’s:

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

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

Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation (Matthew 26:41; NLT).

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

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Even you were tempted
By your inner demons, Lord –

The all-too-human urgings
Of your shadow –

So it’s no surprise
That we are tempted too.

Please help us
To endure temptation patiently;

To watch and pray,
So we will not give in;

For then we will become
Much more like you.

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We can’t deserve

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23; NIV).

We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. If only you would listen to his voice today! (Psalm 95:7; NLT).

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

 

Lord,
We can’t “deserve”
Your help and care –

Yet you watch
Over us,

Wait
For us,

And love us
All –

How wonderful
You are!

 

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Exploring

The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever (Psalm 121:8; NLT).

“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders” (Luke 15:4-5; NLT).

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).


Lord,
Thank you for keeping watch over us,
As we explore our world.

When we wander off, so far
That we can’t hear your voice
Calling us home,
Please come to meet us
In the wilderness,
And bring us back to safety,
In your arms.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Contemplation

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you
(Isaiah 26:3; NLT).


Lord,
In contemplation,
I watch my memories, worries,
Thoughts, and feelings
Drifting by –
Until they’re out of sight.

I needn’t add to them,
Or go with them,
Or try to block them from awareness,
Or hurry them away.

I just observe them, one by one,
As they drift by,
Until they’re out of sight,
Leaving me in perfect peace,
With you.

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End

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it (John 1:5; NLT).

In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and turns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away! (Luke 15:7; NLT).

The LORD looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one. Will those who do evil never learn? They eat up my people like bread and wouldn’t think of praying to the LORD (Psalm 14:2-4; NLT).

The end of the world is coming soon (1 Peter 4:7; NLT).


Lord,
You are beyond stillness,
Silence,
And darkness –

Shining,
Sparkling,
Dancing with joy
When we repent
And turn to you;

Weeping over our selfishness,
Prejudice,
Hatred,
Cruelty,
And violence;

And watching us indulge
Our darkest impulses unchecked,
As we bring our fragile planet
Ever closer to its end.

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