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When we do all the talking

Father God,

When we 
Do all the talking 
During prayer,

It’s easy 
To confuse our will 
With yours.

Only when we listen, Lord,
In silence 
For your voice

Can we hear
The gentle words
Our speech obscures.

 

References 

When you pray, don’t babble on (Matthew 6:7; NLT).

I want your will to be done, not mine (Luke 22:42; NLT).

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

If only you would listen to his voice today! (Psalm 95:7; NLT).

After the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper (1 Kings 19:12; NLT).

Then you will learn to know God’s will for you Romans 12:2; NLT). 

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At harvest

At harvest, Lord,
You sift our thoughts, 
To separate the darnel
From the wheat,

Then burn our weeds
In your consuming fire,
But store the Spirit’s fruit 
Within your barn. 

At harvest, Lord, 
You probe our words,
To separate the cruel
From the kind,

Then burn our sins 
In your devouring fire,
But store the Spirit’s fruit 
Within your barn. 

At harvest, Lord, 
You judge our deeds,
To separate the evil
From the good,

Then burn our sins 
In your destroying fire,
But store the Spirit’s fruit 
Within your barn. 

 

References

NB Darnel means weeds.

Let both [weeds and wheat] grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn (Matthew 13:30; NIV).

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

From the heart come evil thoughts (Matthew 5:19; NLT). 

The mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words (Proverbs 15:28; NLT).

All your evil deeds will fall back on your own heads (Obadiah 1:15; NLT).

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-3; NRSV).

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Silent worship

I was caught up to paradise and heard things so astounding that they cannot be expressed in words (2 Corinthians 12:4; NLT).

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

Worship the Lord in all his holy splendour (1 Chronicles 16:29; NLT).

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When our words
Are inadequate
To praise you, Lord,
Silent worship
Is the only way ahead.

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Peace, be still

Wait patiently (Psalm 37:7; NLT).

Their hearts are troubled like a wild sea in a raging storm (Jeremiah 49:23; NLT).

He displays his power in the whirlwind and the storm (Nahum 1:3; NLT).

As my glorious presence passes by, I will hide you in the crevice of the rock and cover you with my hand (Exodus 33:22; NLT).

Peace, be still (Mark 4:39; KJV).

 

Please help me
To wait patiently
While this storm
Passes by,
As I repeat
Your words, Lord –
Peace, be still.

 

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Peace, be still

He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need (Acts 17:25; NLT).

Their hearts are troubled like a wild sea in a raging storm (Jeremiah 49:23; NLT).

You are a refuge from the storm (Isaiah 25:4; NLT).

He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea be hushed (Psalm 107:29; ESV).

Peace, be still (Mark 4:39; KJV).

 

Your words
Are my food
And drink,

My medicine,
And my refuge
From life’s storms.

May they heal me
A thousand times
Each day, Lord –

Peace,
Be still.

 

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Hidden

He is clothed in dazzling splendour (Job 37:22; NLT).

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

He will be called: Wonderful Counsellor (Isaiah 9:6; NLT).

How great is God – beyond our understanding! (Job 36:26; NIV).

 

Whether hidden
From our eyes
By dazzling light,

Or concealed from us
By clouds
And deepest darkness,

Lord,
You are wonderful
Indeed –

Beyond all words,
Beyond our
Understanding.

 

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Silent worship

Hello, everyone. Sorry, I pressed the wrong button, and tomorrow’s prayer flew off in an instant to join you, even though I hadn’t finished it properly!

 

Stand in silence in the presence of the Sovereign LORD (Zephaniah 1:7; NLT).

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

They will tremble in awe of the Lord and of his goodness! (Hosea 3:5; NLT).

Lord,
I worship you in silence,
For what words of mine
Could possibly express
Your goodness?

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