Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Prayer for Thursday, November 20, 2014


O God,

Here we go again—talking to you again, calling on you again, pouring our heart out to you again, begging for your help again, and assuming that you hear us again.

It is all so audacious.

After all, you are God—the Creator and Sustainer of all that is—and we can’t get our minds around much of what is, much less around all that is, much less around the One who makes it all and who holds it all together.

And we are—well, we are us, and we know full well, whether or not we will admit it, that we are not able to comprehend you and that we are not worthy to come into your presence, much less to come to you with the needs and concerns of our little lives.

As if you, Almighty God, care.

Yet here we are—with our lack of understanding and limited perspective, with our doubts and fears, with our hopes and dreams, with our disappointments and successes, with our sins and failings, with our mixed motives and confused thinking, with our love and apathy—believing, as incredible as it sounds when we stop and think about it, that you know about us and that you care about us.

We can believe it because of Jesus; we can believe it because you sent him to show us that you know us, that you understand us, that you care about us, and that you love us.

So here we are again, not in our name and for our sake, but in Jesus’ name and for his sake.

O God, thank you for sending Jesus into this world. Thank you for sending Jesus into our lives. Thank you for loving us. Thank you for caring about us.

Thank you that because of Jesus our prayers, while still audacious, are not ridiculous …


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