Context: Since my hospital trip to London, I’ve been feeling drained and empty. Prayer is almost impossible. All I can do is to wait, resting in God’s hands, knowing I’m nothing, and placing all my trust in God. Yesterday morning, when I tried to pray, this is what came to me:
Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).
Lord God, I know I’m nothing.
The only thing that’s good about me is that your Spirit lives in my soul.
Without your help, I can do nothing, Lord; I can’t even pray.
Without you, I’m spiritually dead, though my body lives on.
I’m in your hand. You alone give me life, breath and everything I need to stay alive. When you close your hand, I will die.
No matter what happens, Lord, please help me to become more like your dear Son in everything I think, say and do.
I ask this in his holy name. Amen.
I am nothing (Job 49:4; NLT).
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; NET).
Apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5; NLT).
The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God (Romans 8:26-7; NRSV).
I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive – but you are dead (Revelation 3:1; NLT).
The life of every living thing is in his hand, and the breath of every human being (Job 12:10; NLT).
When you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things. When you hide your face, they are terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust (Psalm 104:28-9; NIV).
The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).
The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).
Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus (Colossians 3:17; NIV).