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Psalm 6 (NRSV)
Prayer for healing
Today is my birthday! As such, it is a day of great reflection and remembrance. On this day, I look back at how very far the Lord has brought me in just a few short decades…
As I read today’s prayer for healing, I can think of many-a-times I have prayed like that. Have you ever prayed until your bones felt like jello, your moans bounced off of the ceiling, and the tears streamed down your face in rivers?
If you haven’t, you really should try it! It is truly cathartic. (smile)
When we pour out our very hearts before God, we can be assured that God hears us and extends to us arms of love and a heart of compassion.
See, when we are in pain, sorrow, or grief it can seem like nobody understands us. Sometimes, even people who love us very much do not know what to say or how to help us. It is at times like these that we need to shut ourselves up in our “prayer closets” and pray out of the depths of our hearts to the God who made us, and thus knows every fiber of our being.
Now, the Bible says that the “prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16) Isn’t this GOOD NEWS?! When we exercise our faith in Christ, we are made righteous by the blood of the Lamb. This means that when we pray we can be assured that our prayers are both powerful and effective!
Does this mean that God will always do what we ask God to do? By no means! God usually says, “yes, no, or wait.” What good parent gives their children everything that they ask for? My child sometimes asks for three servings of chocolate cake for breakfast! She wants it, but it is not good for her. It is the same for us.
But, let me tell you something. In the African American church tradition we have an expression. We say, “God may not come when you want Him, but He’s always right on time!” God is an on- time-God my friends! And God has promised that God has a good plan for our lives, not to harm us, but to give us a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11). Furthermore, we are also assured that, “all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to God’s purpose (Romans 8:28)!
Wow! GOOD NEWS abounds! Like David we can say as we get off of our knees after prayer, “The Lord has heard the sound of my weeping. The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord accepts my prayer.” This ought to give us a blessed assurance that allows us to live in confidence, with our heads held high, no matter what the day may bring! God loves us and is blessing us—RIGHT NOW!
What sorrow or grief do you need to share with God in prayer today?
God who sees my tears and wipes them from my face, I turn to you in my despair. Help and heal me today. I know that you are a loving and compassionate God. I know that you are helping me even as I pray. I look forward to sharing my testimony with others when I come through this trial. Every day, is a GOOD NEWS day because of Jesus! I trust you and I love you too. Amen.
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