The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Ps. 34:18
Dear Lord Jesus, there’s no Savior like you—none so kind, so compassionate, so merciful, so very close. The brokenhearted don’t need to “buck up” and be brave when they see you coming. The crushed in spirit don’t need to pull themselves together, as though you would be greatly disappointed to find us less than conquerors.
We praise you that the gospel declares the end to all posing and pretending. Jesus, you have no need for us to be anything other than we actually are. You give grace to the humble, but the proud remain allergic to your grace. This gives us incalculable comfort as we bring ourselves, and a wide array of weary friends, before you today.
Jesus, we pray for our friends struggling with family issues—marriages devoid of connection and compassion; kids who are making destructive choices; aging parents with complex needs; health issues which escape clear diagnosis, mock antibiotics and stress finances. Grant wisdom and grace, strength and hope.
Jesus, we pray for weary friends serving on church staffs or in other vocational ministries. Many of them wake up today disillusioned, depleted, and despondent. We naïvely assume some jobs are spared the gamesmanship and pettiness found elsewhere. But sinners saved by grace are still sinners, no matter where they work. Please send your Spirit, and may stories of redemption be written soon.
Jesus, for those of us who don’t feel crushed in spirit, but rather disoriented and discombobulated in spirit; help us to sort through the issues. Show us what is repent-able and what is repairable; and quiet our noisy hearts with your grace, so we can hear you speak. Help us realize we need your presence much, much more than we need circumstances and people to change.
Jesus, today and every day, we declare that our hope is built on nothing else, nothing less, and nothing more than your blood and righteousness. On you, the Solid Rock, we stand; everything else is quicksand. So very Amen we pray, in your near and compassionate name.