After a week where it seemed that so many who are dear to me were suffering or in turmoil of various kinds, I arrived to church this morning feeling so very desperate, broken, and in great need.
As we sang "Our God Reigns," I prayed and pleaded with God.
Perhaps you are in a similar place and need words to replace the groans which is all that seems to come these days. Here are a few of mine I share with you. Let's pray and trust the Lord hears the cries of the righteous and delivers them from all their trouble.
Break cycles of bondage.
Be bigger, Jesus.
Pour out resurrection power to overcome all that seeks to steal, kill and destroy.
Do not hold darkness at bay; push it back.
Show Your might and mercy, your kindness, compassion and power.
Shake us. Uproot all that needs uprooting.
Make us fertile soil.
Bring a harvest through the pain of this.
Be our rock of refuge that stands firm.
Be not moved in our shaking.
May we not return evil for evil,
injustice for injustice,
disrespect and hatred for disrespect and hatred.
Help us to do good and not withhold,
to love You and out of that love to go the extra mile,
to be inconvenienced,
to lay up for ourselves treasures in Heaven rather than on this earth,
to be led by Your Spirit and bear the fruits of Your Spirit.
Fill us as you empty us.
Fill us with Your love that is selfless,
with your grace that does unto others what we would have done unto ourselves.
Give us empathy, a pause to think and feel for another.
Fill us with gentleness
Thank You that You do good unto all who love you, who call upon your name.
Thank You that You will not put your people to shame.