Prayer for the Week Oct 27 – Hide Me In the Cleft

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I’ve had a couple of rough evenings.  Seriously folks, this girl for the past two nights has turned into some sort of menacing angry creature with horns.  I’ve barked and snipped and generally not been any fun to be around.  Now the enemy of my soul would like nothing better than for me to believe the lie that the past couple of nights is who I am and more of what I am becoming.  But that’s a lie.  In all honesty, it’s just that time of the month and I’m extra tired by the time evening rolls around.  My body is trying to tell me to slow down and love on myself a little bit extra.  I’ve good intentions but, well, the execution of those intentions has been sorely lacking.

Last night as I climbed into bed frustrated with my family and angry at myself, I stopped and prayed.

“Almighty and Eternal God, give me, I beseech You the great gift of inward peace.  Command the winds and storms of my unruly passions.  Subdue, by Your grace my proneness to love created things too much.  Give me a love of suffering for Your sake.  Make me forbearing and kind to others, that I may avoid quarrels and contentions.  And teach me constantly to seek after and to acquire that perfect resignation to Your Holy Will which alone brings interior peace.”  (Prayer from www.maisondelapaix-normandie.org)

I breathed.  I remembered God is greater than all my short comings.

Do not fear for I am with you

This morning when I got up and got dressed, I put on something nice and I accessorized.  You know sometimes you just have to put on something nice to make yourself feel better.  It’s also a reminder that my heavenly Father likes beautiful things.

Today I prayed, “Father, who loves me and knows my weaknesses, hide me in the cleft so that I do no harm today.  Keep me hidden so that Your beauty and goodness shines through for Your glory.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Amen”

And I remembered what my Father says to me, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you;  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  (Isaiah 41:10)

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