In a season where there is more physical and emotional challenge than usual, it helps to think of others who are also in need.
So many wear smiles on the outside yet feel broken inside.
So many give and give and give some more until they are left as limp, worn-out rags.
It can take all the courage we can muster just to face another day.
And often the most holy thing we can do is just to take a nap.
A heart can ache heavy with unspoken fears and cares.
We can feel alone in a sea of faces.
We can move heaven and earth for our loved ones only to be rejected or neglected.
Try as we might, we cannot suppress all the pain we carry.
As I reflect more on my life in an effort to hear all God may be saying to me, I find myself thrown to my knees more often than not.
And there I discover the One who inhabits all the hard places we find ourselves in.
God’s grace crawls into every crack and crevice of our days.
All the mess and mayhem, muddle and struggle are known to Him.
So we pray…
‘A prayer for the hurting’
God bless the wounded warriors,
the ones who crawl and cry through,
those who press in and press on
with leaking eyes and leaking wounds,
the battle-scarred and beaten down.
Bless the broken-hearted, bleeding and bruised
reeds rubbed raw by those who have
rubbished and rejected them,
those who can barely lift their face
weighed heavy with shame and disgrace.
Hold those who cannot hold on another minute,
whose lives are fear-filled,
whose faces are tear-filled,
who feel empty of worth and value
of no repute, cast aside, left behind.
Keep safe the ones who are drowning,
whose days and nights
drip with disappointment,
dread, darkness and torment
of body and soul.
Cradle the lonely;
let your love wash over them,
embrace their emptiness
and fill with the companionship
that only Your Presence provides.
Come alongside the misunderstood,
the mayhem makers
and risk takers.
Bring strength to the weary,
grace for the weak,
hope for the hurting,
freedom for captives,
peace for the pain.
The path is long, the way is hard,
finishing line too far to see
as we drag there on our knees,
dry and thirsty for relief
desperate for some ease.
Walk with us as you did of old
on sand-crusted shore,
seeking and saving
those who are lost.
For we need you, Lord Jesus;
Your return seems far off,
We fight and we fail,
shout, cry and rail,
for a touch from above.
“A bruised reed he will not break, and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out” ~ Isaiah 42:3
This poetic prayer lament appeared first on Words of Joy. It is a heart’s cry God delights to answer. Hungry, hurting hearts will always find grace to help in time of need.
May it bless you to read it here and remember that God is with you in every trouble, trial and testing. If you would like me to pray for a specific need, please reply in the comments below.
And keep in mind that God loves you so much, just as you are ~ He really does ~ and wants above all things for you to seek His face in the everyday challenges of life.