Thursday, 28 June 2018

Lived In and Loved Up


Our Father
We pray that your Spirit would empower us.
We pray that your Son would indwell us.
We pray that we might be rooted and cemented in love.
We pray that we might comprehend your love.
We pray that we might be filled up to the fullness of God.
We commit ourselves to you, knowing that you can change us more than we can ever ask or imagine.
To you be the glory for ever and ever.
Amen   

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Amazing God, Amazing Plan

Father
You have included the gentiles;
Made us fellow heirs;
Members of and sharers in the promises of Christ Jesus.
You have shown us your wisdom and plan in the church,
According to your eternal purposes in Christ Jesus.
May we not lose heart over our suffering, the suffering of the church, and the suffering of your heralds.
May we believe in the church, love the church and live for your bride.
Ever thankful of your mercy to us in Christ

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Father's Day Prayer


Our loving heavenly father
You model real fatherhood
By your leadership,
Your service,
Your love,
Your commitment to truth,
Your holiness,
Your grace,
Your commitment,
Your suffering,
And your forgiveness.

We pray for the men of our world
To embrace fatherhood,
To grow in its challenges,
To be worth emulating,
Men, who live God-fearing lives.

May Christ be their all,
May God be their direction,
May grace be their example,
May loyalty be their medal,
And holiness shine from their words,
May they serve, and love, and lead as does Christ our Lord for us,
Dying to themselves that others may truly live.

Included - Ephesians 2:11-22

Father of peace,
You have created reconciliation,
And given us access.
You have broken the dividing wall of hostility,
You have abolished the law and commandments;
So that we who were
Uncircumcised, separated, alienated, strangers, without hope and without God,
Might be reconciled,
Given access,
Made citizens,
And members of your household.
Built into the growing structure,
To be your dwelling place,
By the blood of Christ.
We worship you for our inclusion.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

God made us alive - Ephesians 2:1-10

We were dead, 
Locked in sin,
Following Satan,
Captured by our passions,
Prisoner to our desires,
Objects of wrath.
But God
Rich in mercy,
Driven by love,
Made us alive.
Together with Christ,
Raised us up,
Seated us in honour,
Saved us by grace,
As a gift,
Gained by faith.

Friday, 1 June 2018

That you may know - Ephesians 1:15-23


Father you are uniting all things in Christ,
You give to us faith in Jesus,
And love for the saints.
Give us your Spirit,
Give us wisdom,
Give us revelation/light,
That we may know you!
Open our eyes,
Open our hearts,
To know the hope to which you have called us,
The riches of your glorious inheritance,
And the greatness of your power for us;
Shown in the resurrection, ascension, exaltation and rule of Jesus.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

God at Work - Ephesians 1:3-14


Our God and Father
You have blessed us,
Chosen us,
Predestined us for adoption.
You have redeemed us,
And forgiven us,
Lavished your grace on us,
And united us with Christ.
You have granted us an eternal inheritance,
And sealed us with your Holy Spirit
To the praise of your glory…

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

In Christ - Ephesians 1:1,2


Father, you willed to raise apostles,
You called them to speak of Christ Jesus.
You created a church of saints,
You gave us faith,
And you brought us in to Christ Jesus.
Thank you for grace,
Thank you for peace,
Thank you for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Life in Groups - Racism


Father forgive me that I have not seen your image in people;
That my fear of others has conquered my love.
Forgive me that I have not seen the blood of your son shed for all people;
But have instead thought your death was for me alone.
Forgive me that I have not seen the images of heaven;
Of a people gathered around your throne from every tribe, language and nation.

Transform my heart to be like your heart;
And my eyes to see what you see;
And my life to be as your death;
That I may love all people;
As you love us.
Amen

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Life with Money - Materialism

Father,
Our hearts want more.
Our lives are full of our possessions,
They consume our money;
Our time;
Our thoughts;
And our dreams.
We are fearful that they will be removed;
Fearful that you will not supply;
Fearful of want;
When we should be fearful of missing you;
And fearful of eternity.
Transform our thinking.
Make us to question our assumptions.
And repent of our inner values.
Grow our generosity.
Stretch our gratitude.
Simplify our lives.
Give us financial modesty.
And fill us with contentment.
For your glory alone

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Double Think


Father,
Forgive me that I compartmentalise my life.
That there are areas where I will let you in and there are areas that I shut you out.
Show me more areas where I haven’t let you in. Open up all of my heart to you.
Make my love for you complete.
Turn my wayward heart totally towards you.
Give me total dedication.
Total submission.
Total joy in being loved by you.
Total peace in your grace to me.
A single minded heart solely devoted to you.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Individualism


Father,
You are in perfect relationship,
The Trinity of service,
The unity of love.
Forgive us that this community is shattered,
In our hearts,
And our actions.
We live lives fueled by our own desires,
Striving for our own wants,
Lonely and afraid.
Turn our hearts outwards towards others,
And upwards towards you.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Easter - Resurrection - John 20


Father, 
Thank you that it is true.
And that it changes everything forever.
Thank you that we can live by believing that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God.
Please may today be the watershed moment where the cross and resurrection become embedded in our souls; 
And our hearts turned from fence-sitting mediocrity to radical love for you.
Amen

Monday, 26 March 2018

Easter - John 19:23-42


The eternal dies;
The omnipotent is emptied;
The omnipresent is no more;
The omniscient is unknowing;
The immortal dies;
For us!

Easter - John 18:28-19:22


Our Father,
I have crucified the king;
But I do not feel the weight of my offence.
I have not recognised his majesty.
I have not expected his return.
Father have mercy on me.
Christ have mercy on me.
Spirit have mercy on me.
I declare that Jesus is king.
May that be truth to me; not meaningless words.
Take my thoughts captive under your rule.
May my speech be seasoned by his authority.
May my heart be submissive to him alone.
And may my actions sing of my crucified king.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Deuteronomy 11:1-32


Father,
May we consider your discipline.
May we remember your greatness, your mighty hand and your outstretched arm.
May we marvel in your deeds of salvation and your deeds of severity.
May we keep your commandments and in so doing experience your strength and your blessing.
Keep us from being deceived and turning aside to other gods.
May we lay up your words in our hearts that our days may be long.
May we be careful to do your commands, 
   Loving you,
   Walking in your ways,
   And holding fast to you;
As we experience your blessing.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Deuteronomy 10:12-11:1 and Revelation 3:14-22

The Fence Sitter's Prayer
Father it is true,
I am neither hot nor cold.
My heart is tepid;
Positively disposed to you;
Even a little in love with you;
But reticent to sacrifice;
Cautious to trust;
Slow to remember;
And unwilling to commit.
I am wretched, pitiful, poor, naked and blind.
Cover my nakedness;
Refine my heart;
Open my eyes;
Wash me clean;
Rebuke me;
Discipline me;
And rescue me.
I repent and I open the door for you to come in!
Amen

Friday, 9 March 2018

Deuteronomy 9:1-10:11


Father, it is easy to forget that we are wicked, stubborn, rebellious and corrupt. 
We have provoked you, turned aside quickly and done what is evil.
We have not believed and we have not obeyed;
Instead we have constructed an idol to satisfy our hearts.
We have become proud and self-sufficient,
When we are made to be dependent, loved, righteous, upright 
and in covenant relationship with you. 
Keep us remembering who we are.
Dependent on your mediation.
Humble and close to you;
Our Saviour and our Lord.
Amen

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Deuteronomy 8:1-20


Father of blessings,
Give us the blessing of memory,
And wills of obedience.

Make us humble.
May we pass the test of adversity with hope.
May we dwell in your Word and fearfully walk in your ways.
May we pass the test of blessing with gratitude, never forgetting you.

Keep us from forgetful pride.
Keep us radically obedient.
Keep us following every command,

Always seeing your hand in our blessing,
And your faithfulness to your promises.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Deuteronomy 7:1-26

Father
My heart is restless;
Quick to drift;
Slow to remember;
Radically committed to my own agenda;
Utterly self-seeking!
Keep my heart;
Change my heart;
Retrain my heart.
Give me an earnestness of commitment;
A wariness of people and things that will entice me away from you.
Burn in my soul that I am holy, chosen and treasured; loved, blessed and redeemed.
Remind me that you are a God who is faithful and steadfast;
Who keeps his promises
And destroys those that hate you.
Thank you for the promise of your presence in the midst of my fears and trials.
Be with me today and always.
Amen

Friday, 9 February 2018

Deuteronomy 6:1-25


Father,
May I love you.
May I teach of you and talk of you.
May you inhabit my hands and my eyes.
May my home be full of you.
May I never forget you in the blessings you provide.
Make me to fear you and serve you.
Take away the gods of my heart.
May I not test you but instead listen to you.
And may I remember your salvation,
Won at great cost.

Amen

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Deuteronomy 5:22-33

Father, you have spoken a word of life,
   A word of light,
   A word of hope,
   In the person of your Son.
Help me to listen.
Give me a heart of flesh,
  And a will that submits.
Give me ears that heed,
  And eyes that see.
May my life hang on your very word,
  And my soul long for your voice,
As I love Jesus more.
Amen


Thursday, 25 January 2018

Deuteronomy 5:6-22

Our Father you have rescued us from our slavery.
You have rescued us to be your loved people.
May our hearts be exclusively devoted to you.
May our lives be centred on loving you.
May we rest in you and remember you.
May we love others, seeking their best.
May our selfish desires be turned into sacrificial love.
As we taste the sweetness of being loved by you!

Amen

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Deuteronomy 4:44-5:6

Father, thank you that you have made a promise to us.
You have spoken by your Son.
You have pledged to be our God.
Though we are a wicked and rebellious people;
So that today we can say you are our God and we are your people!
We are chosen
We belong.
We are royal.
We are included.
We are blessed.
We are heirs
We are holy.

Amen

Thursday, 11 January 2018

A Surprising God; A Surprising Life

Our Father
You are a God whose son dies that we might live;
A God who gives that we might get;
   Who serves that we might be saved;
   Who speaks that we might know you;
   Who empties himself that we might be filled;
   Who suffers that we might escape pain;
   Who pays that we might be ransomed;
   Who substitutes that we might be forgiven;
   Who declares us righteous though we are not!


If we choose to live we die.
If we seek ourselves, we lose our souls.
If we serve our desires, we lose our hearts.
As we hold, we lose,
As we take, we weep,
As we lash out, we hurt ourselves,
As we worry, we fear,
As we strive, we miss,
As we serve ourselves, we become lonely,
As we become rich, we become poor,
And as we find ease, we find emptiness.

But if like you we die, then we live,
As we give, then we get,
As we suffer, we find joy,
As we serve, we find purpose,
As we forgive, we find peace,
As we submit, we find freedom,
As we live outwardly, we find inner healing,
As we pray, we are protected.

Father in the light of the cross give us your Spirit.
Change us to
   Sow love where there is hatred;
   Peace where there is war;
   Grace where there is hurt;
   Faith where there is doubt;
   Hope where there is despair;
   Light where there is darkness;
  Joy where there is sadness;
  And life where there is death.

Amen