A Prayer When Feeling a Bit Down and “Blah-ish”
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Ps. 34:18
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? Psalm 42:1-2
Dear Lord Jesus, there’s no Savior like you—none so kind, patient, and understanding; none so connected to us when we’re feeling disconnected from you. The brokenhearted don’t need to “buck up” and be brave when they see you coming. The crushed in spirit don’t need to grab bootstraps to start pulling up, as though you’re greatly disappointed to find us less than conquerors. Your grace disarms our pose.
It’s so freeing to know that the gospel’s not about our being constantly “fired-up”, but our being eternally in Christ. Lord Jesus, you have no need for us to be anything other than we actually are in this very moment. You are nearer than the next breath to those who know their need of grace. This gives us incalculable comfort as we bring ourselves, and a wide array of weary friends before you today.
Lord Jesus, for those of us who can’t point to any one crisis, just to several small piranha nibbling away at our hearts and energy, grant us perspective, refreshment and patience. Life in the “already and not yet” sometimes highlights the “not yet” more than the “already”, and that’s perfectly okay. This world isn’t our home yet; but it will be one Day. Until that blessed Day, grant us the good gift of perspective.
Jesus, we’re led to pray today for weary friends serving on church staffs, and in other forms of vocational ministry. Many of them wake up today disillusioned, depleted, and despondent. We naïvely assume some jobs should be beyond the gamesmanship and brokenness, found in other vocational settings. But sinners saved by grace are still sinners, no matter where they work. May we serve our friends and good listeners, and conduits of your centering love.
Jesus, for those of us who don’t feel crushed in spirit but rather feel “blah” in spirit, help us to sort through the issues. Show us what is repent-able and what is repairable, and help us quiet our noisy hearts so we can hear you speak. We need your presence much, much more than we need circumstances and people to change. Free us to know that the most godly thing we can do, sometimes, is to take a long nap. We believe that, help our unbelief.
Jesus, today and every day, we declare that our hope is built on nothing else, nothing less, and nothing more you and the free gift of your righteousness. So very Amen we pray, in your near and compassionate name.