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Topic: Great (07/06/06)
TITLE: A prayer for the over-committed
By Suzanne R
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It’s hard being a little person. You, Lord Jesus, identify with my struggles. That God Almighty, the Energy of life itself, should become a man is incredible … incomprehensible … unfathomable. Yet you did. You understand…
It is completely unreasonable that an ordinary dot like myself in the broad ribbon of time and space should be offered forgiveness through the blood of your Son. Yet through your Son, my foolish striving for greatness is forgiven.
The way I lose perspective and think that my little world is dependent on me makes as much sense as the pet goldfish trying to run the household. I come to you, confessing yet again my pride and self-reliance.
How did my thinking get so confused? What madness overcame my mind that I thought that anything depended on tiny little me? How could I order my days, week after week, in such a way that I neglected a day of rest? Your Word teaches clearly that a regular Sabbath is not only necessary for we weak mortals, but also sets us apart as your people. How could I be so crazy as to think ‘I am strong - I can do it’ when I refused to live in obedience to your Word and its principles?
Almighty God, anything I’ve done that the world considers an achievement is simply sewerage compared to the magnificence of who you are and what you have achieved. I have worked so hard … yet my efforts are worth less than nothing.
I’m sorry for not staying focused on you. Thank you for your forgiveness. Make me as clean as freshly fallen snow before it is trodden down by dirty boots and turns to grey slush. Make me as clean as a brand new computer without its hard drive jammed full of junk. In your kindness, give me the chance to start afresh.
Heavenly Lord, you know that I am somewhat locked into commitments. Although the expectations of others and myself shouldn’t factor into my thinking, they do. Trying to halt some of these current projects now would be like trying to stop a 747 as it roars through the stratosphere. Have mercy, Almighty God. You promised to give wisdom when we ask without doubting … but you also know how infinitesimally small is my mind. Sometimes I doubt because I can’t see. But my prayer is sincere. Please … give wisdom.
God above all gods, philosophies and spirits; King above all powers, human or spiritual; empower this little child. Enable me, please, to be committed to you, diligent in the spiritual disciplines of life, to take on what is of you and lay off what is not. Strengthen my resolve to make regular time with you a priority and not to just ‘go through the motions’.
I’m tiny and don’t deserve your involvement in my life. Yet involved you are. You are the God who spoke and the stars filled the sky … the God who breathed and energy pulsed through the universe … the God who said, “Let it be,” and the world came into being. You, Most Holy One, stoop to touch we miniscule ones. You see me run myself into the ground in some bizarre effort to ‘achieve’. Heavenly Lord, breathe afresh into my life and help me to live well.
I leave behind the tiny but tangled bundle of threads making up life. I clamber into your hand. I am a speck, smaller than a skin pore. I curl up on your scarred palm, not alone, yet feeling as if you hold out your hand just to me. I rest, knowing that when I awake, you will strengthen me to sort out those messy threads in a way which brings glory to you.
Most Holy God, your Son makes it possible for me to approach your throne of grace, and so I am here. I am nothing … and yet I am filled with incredible power, because your Spirit lives in me. Thank you.
Although unworthy, I offer this prayer in the name of my Saviour, the great and mighty Redeemer of the church, the Lord Jesus Christ.
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