A Prayer for You

I came across a prayer some time ago that speaks the language of my heart every time I read it. It’s written by Ted Loder, and is from his book, Guerrillas of Grace. Perhaps it speaks for your heart, too.

Holy One,
there is something I wanted to tell you
but there have been errands to run,
            bills to pay,
                        arrangements to make,
                                    meetings to attend,
                                                friends to entertain
                                                            washing to do …
and I forget what it is I wanted to say to you,
and mostly I forget what I’m about,
            or why.
O God,
don’t forget me, please,
for the sake of Jesus Christ …
O Father in Heaven,
perhaps you’ve already heard what I wanted to tell you.
What I wanted to ask is
            forgive me,
                        heal me,
                                    increase my courage, please.
Renew in me a little of love and faith,
            and a sense of confidence,
                        and a vision of what it might mean
                                    to live as though you were real,
                                                and I mattered,
                                                            and everyone was sister and brother.
What I wanted to ask in my blundering way is
            don’t give up on me,
                        don’t become too sad about me,
                                    but laugh with me,
                                                and try again with me,
                                                            and I will with you, too.

 Live with this prayer today and the days to come. How does it speak for your heart?

 Keep pressing on,


Ben Schlueter on Jun 22, 2016 5:49pm

I really like this Steve. I was just reading a devotional about how we say God is first in our lives yet if you were to open my calendar you wouldn't find I had set aside any time for him. Thanks for sharing.

annette roddy on Jun 26, 2016 8:42pm

a perfect spiritual poem for a quiet sunday evening reflection on a day


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