Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Loving: the Successful Life - 1 Cor 13


Father,
We desire public esteem
We desire to be praised for our wisdom
We even desire radical generosity
But they are nothing without love.
We do not desire patience and kindness.
Keep us from envy, boasting, pride, rudeness, self-seeking, anger and hatred.
Make our hearts to delight in truth,
To always protect,
To be full of trust, hope and perseverance.
May we look not at what is temporary but at what is eternal.
May we contemplate the cross and your love that is the source and foundation of all love
For your glory alone 
Amen

Monday, 6 January 2020

Father my heart does not want to love,
  O change my heart!
People are often so unlovely, haters, hurters, enemies
  O change my heart!
And yet love must be possible.
You have done it.
You have commanded it.
You are love.
Soak me in your love.
Soak my emotions so that I feel your love.
And may love flow from me whenever I speak.
May I initiate love,
Be energised to love,
Act for love,
React in love,
And desire love just as you have loved me,
  O change my heart!

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Christmas 2019 - The God who came to live with us


Our Father,
You have come to live with us.
We magnify you and we rejoice in your salvation.
You have looked on us and you have loved us.
You have broken into human history,
The mighty one has embraced frailty;
The holy one has swallowed sin;
The strong one has hugged weakness
The majestic one has stooped in service.
The infinite one has hunched in death;
You have brought down thrones;
You have exalted the humble;
You have filled the empty and emptied the full.
You have visited and redeemed your people.
You have raised up the strength of our salvation.
You have remembered your covenant and your oath.
You have become - God with us.
We are blessed indeed!

Our Father you have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they rest in you,
Without you nothing is ever enough,
But with you we have everything we need.
Thank you for what you did that first Christmas.
Our Immanuel - God with us.

Monday, 16 December 2019

Staying Awake - Luke 21:29-38


Father thank you that your Son’s word will not pass away.
Your word is eternal and true,
We can bank our lives on it.
May we not be weighed down by our desires and the cares of this world.
May we not be entrapped by that day.
Instead may we stand (ready) at the coming of the Son of Man.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Do Not Be Afraid - Luke 21:8-28

Father
We are in danger of being seduced and led astray by false Christs.
We are afraid at the potential pain that awaits us in the future;
Afraid at the persecution and the terrors of our world.
May we bear witness.
Secure in the knowledge of your deliverance.
Waiting for the moment when we see you.
May we lift up our heads,
Knowing that our redemption is drawing near.

Monday, 2 December 2019

A Shocking Truth - Luke 21:5-7


Our Father,
Our future is certain in your hands.
It is not a pleasant future,
But it is not a fearful future.
Keep us from being led astray.
May we not pursue false christs.
May we prove faithful under persecution.
May we bear witness.
Give us the words to speak,
Sure in the confidence that we will not perish.

Monday, 4 November 2019

Poverty and the Poor

Father may we be a people whose hearts value release.
May we abolish debts,
May we not
shut our hands
close our ears
blind our eyes
shut our hearts
To the cries of the poor.
Keep us from unworthy thoughts and from ignoring their cries.
May we remember that we were poor but that you have made us rich;
And may we rejoice at other’s wealth gained at our expense.