A Prayer for Strength and Comfort

Sometimes, we come bleeding before the throne,
barely believing that our own needs are known
before we have spoken them,

yet knowing that groanings too deep for words
have spoken to the Father’s heart,
the Spirit having done his part

to express what we can barely sense
in this taunt tension, this mixing of mind and emotion,
oceans stirred by thoughts and feelings

that run through our deepest core,
mined from the store of memory and dread,
ruining both yesterday and tomorrow.

We let ourselves forget that worry
borrows from the future to ruin the present day
(whose own evil will be sufficient.)

May you today, then, believe in mercy and grace,
face whatever comes your way,
knowing that God has not given us a spirit of fear,

but a Spirit of Love, Strength and Power,
one who draws near to us
and bends the ear of God toward our greatest needs.

And may you remember that you were loved
when you were still His enemy,
and that the One Who Died For You

also stands at the right hand of God,
interceding for you
without weariness or declining interest.

And in that memory and awareness,
as you strive to continue walking in the Light,
do your part to make a good day.

H. Arnett

About Doc Arnett

Native of southwestern Kentucky currently living in Ark City, Kansas, with my wife of twenty-nine years, Randa. We have, between us, eight children and twenty-eight grandkids. We enjoy singing, worship, remodeling and travel.
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4 Responses to A Prayer for Strength and Comfort

  1. Katie Prescott Beasley says:

    I absolutely love this–“without weariness or declining interest”–thank you for words that renew our hope.

  2. Katie Prescott Beasley says:

    Reblogged this on Katie Prescott Beasley and commented:
    This thoughtful prayer poem lifted my spirits so much. I need reminding that He knows before I say the words.

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