A Prayer for God’s Help

Lord God,

Thank You for Your goodness and kindness to me. I confess my need for You. It’s been so long since I’ve felt Your presence and nearness. I need to know You’re near. I want to experience Your presence touching my life once again. I’m stuck and I need Your help getting there. I don’t know how to get there from here and I need Your help.

You’ve shown me mercy and kindness and yet I confess that I stand at a distance with a heart that’s not fully open toward You. I need to know you in a meaningful way. Yet, my heart is hard in more ways than I know. Although I desire to know You, there’s something within me that resists drawing close to You. I’m asking You to break into my hardened heart. Expose those things in me that resist Your wooing.

I recognize that You desire to know me more than I make myself available to You. I repent for my apathy. I want to take the steps needed to facilitate change. But, I can’t do it alone. I need You to fulfill the desires of my heart. I invite You into the circumstances of my life. Do what is required to bring the needed changes within me.

I acknowledge Your involvement in the circumstances of my life. You use the pressures of life to cause me to realize that I can’t do it without You. This is my cross You intend for me to take up daily as I follow You. Your intention is for me to become aware of the reality that I cannot make my life work apart from You. You want me to learn to come to You as my source of strength and provision at all times and in all things.

As such, I want to stop reacting to the pressures of life and start responding to you. My desire is to stop trying to fix all my problems. I don’t want to live a life of anger and frustration in the realization that I am inadequate for the demands of life. When I am confronted by the realities of my shortcomings, I want to respond by coming to you to do what is impossible for me. Even so, here I am God. I am ready and waiting for you to come and do what only you can do. Change me from within. Empower me to do what is impossible for me.

Amidst the ups and downs of life, I want to use these catalysts to push me ever deeper into your heart in order to learn your ways. I want to align my life with your dealings. When I am overwhelmed, I want to let go of control and to come to you. I want to be aware that the challenges of life are the opportunities you cast in front of me to know you and to experience your goodness.

So, help me to learn to stop swimming upstream against the current of life. I want to stop resisting discomfort and pain. I want to stop reacting to the pressures and my own inadequacies. I want to learn to embrace these things as opportunities to know you and be transformed by personal encounters with you. I resign my own ways and strength. I confess my utter dependence on you. Indeed, I recognize you as my only hope. You are my strength and my salvation. You are the only one who meets all my needs. Even so, I await your salvation to come and rescue me.

I want to take time out of my schedule right now to stop and wait on you. Will you come and meet me? Will you change me from the inside out? Will you meet my needs and provide for me in ways I can’t? You are my only hope! I have no backup plan. I lean on you as my sole source of strength. Please save me from my own mediocrity and bring me into meaningful encounters with you.

Thank you God for your faithfulness. You are so kind and merciful. You have heard my cry and you have turned your heart toward me. Thank you for this precious journey of life. Thank you for being there with me through the good times and bad. Thank you for rescuing me all the times I wasn’t even aware of the dangers surrounding me. You are precious to me. I love you. I say YES to you. Come and take me for you have won my heart and my affections. Thank you!

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