May our lives be more centred on You - less centred on ourselves.
Help us to listen for Your Word - not to jump straight in with our own words.
Help us to open our hearts to Your Holy Spirit. May He move among us - in power, in love, in holiness, in victory.
Transform our life, O Lord - May we live as a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
May we know the great blessing of knowing that Jesus, our Saviour, is always “God with us” (Matthew 1:23).
‘Let it be to me according to Your Word’ (Luke 1:38) - This was Mary’s prayer. May it also be our prayer.
By ourselves, we are helpless and hopeless - Without Your help, we have no hope of doing Your will and pleasing You.
We need Your Holy Spirit - May the Spirit’s ‘living water’ flow in us (John 7:37-39).
Thank You, Lord, for the gift of Your Holy Spirit - He gives us the power to ‘walk in the light’ (1 John 1:7) with You.
Lead us in the way of fruitfulness - the way of “love, joy, peace ... “(Galatians 5:22-23).
You call us to live for Your glory.
Praise to God, glory to God - Where does this come from?
We look into our hearts - and it is not there.
We look at our lives - and we say, “Where is this praise to God? Where is this glory to God?”
Lord, we can only praise You when You give to us the song of praise.
You alone can fill our hearts with praise to You.
You alone can fill our lives with Your glory.
Without You, Lord, our life is a spiritual wasteland.
Come, O Lord, to this spiritual wasteland.
Come - and make our life a song of praise to You.
Come - and make our life a hymn that says, “Glory to God.”
Lord, You are our Creator.
We have been created by You. We have been created for You.
What have we done with this great blessing?
We have turned away from You. We have gone our own way. We have done our own thing.
Have You lost patience with us? Have You given up on us?
We often feel like we are a waste of Your time - then we remember Jesus.
That’s when everything changes - We remember Jesus.
He came from where You are. He came to where we are.
From where we are to where You are - This is what Jesus does for us.
Lord, we look at ourselves, and we say, “This is my life. This is the way I’ve always been. I’ll never change. I’ll never be any different.”
Is this all that we can say about ourselves?
Is this what You’re saying about us?
We’re always thinking about what we are.
You’re always saying to us, “This is what you can become. This is what I am going to make you.”
Help us to listen to what You’re saying to us.
Help us to make a new “beginning” with You - as we believe and receive “the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (Mark 1:1).
Lord, You are God.
Who are we to tell You what to do?
Who are we to say, “We’ll do what we like” - when You’re saying to us, “I know what’s best for you.”
Help us to choose Your way - and stop insisting on getting our own way.
How are we to do this?
Jesus tells us, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).
How, we wonder, does Jesus make us free?
He shows us “the truth” - the truth about ourselves, the truth about Jesus.
We are sinners. Jesus is our Saviour.
This is the truth. It’s “the truth that sets us free” (John 8:32).
We are sinners. Jesus is our Saviour.
This is the truth that brings us out of the prison cell of our own making.
This, Lord, is the truth which brings us on to the pathway of Your blessing, the pathway of true and lasting joy, the pathway to Your eternal glory.
Lord, we thank You that You have a place in Your heart for us.
What have we done that You should keep on loving us?
Is there something good about us - something that makes us worthy of Your love?
Whatever way we look at it - the answer’s always “No.”
No! No! No!
There’s no way back to You, Lord, that begins with ourselves.
We cannot begin with ourselves - but “Is there another starting-point?”
Lord, there is only one place.
We begin with Your love - “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son ... “ (John 3:16).
We hear these words, and we ask, “Why, Lord, have You loved us like this?”
From our side, there’s no answer to this question.
We can only say, “We’re sinners.”
There’s nothing else we can say about ourselves.
What do You, Lord, say to sinners?
“God shows His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).