Note: As a personal, spiritual discipline, reviving my practice in the Lenten season of 2017, I revise the prayers I wrote then for each of the forty days of this Lent; each petition focusing on a theme, a concern weighing on my mind and heart or a care of my soul and spirit.
On submission in prayer (being a meditation on Romans 8.26 and Hebrews 4.16)…
O my God, by Your Spirit, help my weak will, heal my stubborn soul that I more may open my hands to you, that I more may bear my heart to you.
By Your same Spirit, as Your breath, grant my prayers, my daily sighs too deep for words, greater, clearer voice that, like a dove, my biddings rise on the wings of flight as I boldly, in sincerest confession, speaking with my lips the truth of all my life, come before Your alway welcoming throne of grace and mercy in this and in any time of manifold need.
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“Sighs too deep for words”…. that’s a quote to hold on to and reflect on…. it captures me today and reminds me of the funeral I attended last Sat and the death I learned of this afternoon. All I can do is sigh…….. but I trust God and his love for all of us enough to hold on the my faith.
“…the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words” (Romans 8.26).
This word of the Apostle Paul, which he shares with us in detailing his view of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, especially pertaining to our lives in this world where so much – both around us and within us – flies in the face of God’s will, is one of my favorites. Oft trusting the Spirit to pray to God for me when I am literally and metaphorically at a loss for words is a comfort to my soul.
I am sorry to know of the deaths of those about whom you care and for whom you mourn. I trust the Spirit shares your cries of consolation to the highest heavens.