Prayer

Prayer

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30; NIV).

“I am nothing but dust and ashes” (Genesis 18:27; NIV).

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast (1 Peter 5:10; NIV).

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

For the LORD your God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love (1 John 4:8; NIV).

Father,
Here I am –
Though I am nothing before you.

My flesh is weak –
Please fill me with your strength.

My mind is dull –
Please fill me with your light.

My heart is cold –
Please fill me with your fire.

My soul is spent –
Please fill me with your love.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Contemplation

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength (Mark 12:30; NIV).

Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28; NIV).

Father,
In contemplation,
Time seems to stand still.
The world retreats
As I reach out
With all my heart, soul,
Mind and strength
To you,
My Lord
And my God.

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Peace

For in him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28, NIV).

In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind
(Job 12:10; NIV).

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms (Deuteronomy 33:27; NIV).

…he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep (Psalm 121:5; NIV).

Father,
Thank you for time alone
To pray in peace
And quietness,
Then to rest silently in you.

It’s good to have this space
To focus on you,
Though you are always with me,
For I live safely in your hands,
Whatever happens.

Lord,
I love you.
Thank you so much
For loving me.

In Jesus’ holy name,
Amen.

Peace

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Hi everyone. No, you’re not seeing double – I’ve posted twice today! I didn’t manage to say exactly what I needed to say earlier, but have just had some wonderful inspiration, so here is version 2…

A blessing
*The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace (Numbers 6:24-6; NIV).

Lord,
Please bless me today –
Keep me close to you,
Make your face shine on me,
Be gracious to me
And give me peace,
So that I might reflect,
However dimly,
Your blessing, 
Your closeness, 
Your grace, 
And your peace
To all those
I have contact with today.

In Jesus’ holy name,
Amen.

 

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Hello to all readers. Today’s prayer was inspired by a phone conversation with a friend a couple of days ago. I’ve wanted to write something personal about the armour of God for a long time, so I’ll be keeping a copy of this by my bedside for the mornings.

The armour of God

Therefore put on the whole armour of God (Ephesians 6:13; NIV).

Father,
It’s time for me to put on your armour again –
May it strengthen me
To face whatever today will bring.

May your belt of truth
Give me courage
To speak with honesty and love.

May your breastplate of righteousness
Protect the love for you
That burns in my fragile heart.

May your sandals of readiness
Guide me to those who long to hear
The gospel of peace.

May your shield of faith
Deflect all physical,
Emotional and spiritual attacks.

May your helmet of salvation
Defend me from doubt, anxiety,
Panic, depression and despair.

May the sword of your Spirit
Warn me of danger,
And fight for me day and night.

Lord,
Help me to stay alert,
Always aware of your presence,
And praying continually in your Spirit.

Thank you for helping me
To put on your armour.
I’m ready now
To face whatever the day will bring.

I ask all this in your blessed name,
In the name of your Son,
And in the name of your Holy Spirit.
Amen.

The armour of God

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