Thursday, 22 March 2018

Deuteronomy 11:1-32

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!

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.

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

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.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Deuteronomy 6:1-25

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.


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.

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!


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.


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.