Greetings to all who see this post. Yesterday I received some negative comments about my way of addressing God in the day’s blog (I seek you: https://wp.me/p45bCr-bku).
This put me in a difficult position, because I can only express and share what God gives me, even though what I write may be rejected by some readers.
However, today I was shown a way forward which will hopefully honour us all. So from now on each prayer will be purely personal, addressed directly from my heart to God within. When appropriate, I will also briefly outline the context for some prayers.
Context of today’s prayer
Tomorrow I hope to face my most challenging fear: using a lift. I’ve been severely claustrophobic since early childhood, and have avoided lifts whenever possible throughout my life. Now that I use a rollator, stairs have become impossible, so it’s time to tackle this fear head-on. Sadly, with a migraine tonight, though, I may not be well enough to face it…
I am nothing but dust and ashes (Genesis 18:27; NIV).
1. I’m nothing, God:
I’m small, and weak, and mortal –
Made of dust.
2. Without you
I can’t even pray,
But in your strength I trust.
3. I beg your Spirit,
To help me face my fears,
4. To intercede,
To sigh for me,
And, one day, dry my tears.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.
(Revelation 21:4; NLT).
1. He knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust (Psalm 103:14; NLT.
2. You cannot do anything without me (John 15:5; CEV).
We do not know how to pray as we ought (Romans 8:26; NRSV).
The Lord is my strength and shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me (Psalm 28:7; NIV).
3. You have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you (1 John 2:27; NLT).
The Spirit helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26; NRSV).
In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall (2 Samuel 22:30; NLT).
Your strength will support me (Psalm 139:9; NLT).
I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13; NLT)..
4. That very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; NRSV).