Do you ever get your words mixed up? Say something you wish you hadn’t said? Or maybe you didn’t say something that you should have? Then you beat yourself up with regret that you just can’t seem to do anything right.
It could just be me, but I think everyone has days like this once in a while.
I’ll take it a step further…
Maybe there is a problem in your life and you can’t seem to shake it. A bad habit. A sin. Or a struggle that seems out of your hands…no matter what you do, there it is…just hanging over you.
Life is complicated. Sometimes we have ALL the things I mentioned going on at the same time.
It’s enough to make a girl want to hang up her pink slippers and sit down a good long while.
Sometimes, I’m so confused and caught up in the drama of life, that I don’t even know what to pray. Talk about words being mixed up. I feel like I’m a CD stuck on repeat. Oftentimes, I find myself praying for the same situations over and over, until I get to the point where I just don’t even know how to pray about that same thing even one more time.
I’ve even told God, “I don’t know why I’m praying for this again. You KNOW I need help with this…since I’ve already asked you a million times.”
I came to peace about talking back to God a while ago. I figure if Job and David could talk back a little, maybe I could get away with it too. He seems cool about it. I’ll let you know how that works out…
I’ve been resting in this particular passage of Scripture the last couple of days. It’s something I’ve heard often, but it is speaking to me again lately in regard to an ongoing situation. I don’t have an answer yet, but the Word gives me relief that He’s still right here beside me. And when He’s ready, He’ll let me know what to do.
Every version of this Scripture is wonderful, but I think this particular version is one of my favorites…
Romans 8:26-30 (The Message)
Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.
Oh man, if that doesn’t give you a huge sigh of relief and bursts of gratefulness, you need to scroll up and read again.
Thank you, Lord, that you know my heart…you pray for me even when I don’t have the words. You know every detail of my life and have plans for me for the good…because you know me better than anyone. You know me by name and you’re sticking with me to the very end.
Whew. OK. I feel better. Sorry, this one was for me today.