Prayer for the Overwhelmed

March 15, 2011 at 8:14 am 4 comments

There is so much going on in the world, in the community, in family…Lord.  I do not know how you deal with ALL this stuff, pretty much every day…seeing people hurt, suffer, make poor choices.

Just the small glimpses I’m seeing of it this week grieves my heart, almost to overwhelming.

I cannot stand.

I find a warm cup of coffee, a hot bath, a job done, and keep moving.

Yet my heart is not smiling.  Too much.  I am not you.  I cannot take it.  My heart cannot.

Lord, how can your people go forward with joy and some peace in the world unless you reign?!  Reign supremely, Lord!  I beg of you to reveal yourself in situations that are too big for me, too heavy for me…to much for me.  I am overwhelmed just watching, seeing impact, hurting people, all over the world, near and far.  I hurt!  It is like watching another woman in labor, which I cannot do as a casual observer.  It is too painful!

Protect us, bring your truth to light, bring your victory!

Cause us to rejoice in your protection, your provisions, your healing, your working! I long for true celebration!

We cannot just elicit a smile on our own.

We NEED you.

Come in power! Come quickly.

Be our salvation, day and night.

Shine your truth in the darkness.

Wake up those walking in darkness and untruth.

Do it big.

Let the world see and know that you love them, and you care, in whatever ways you can.

Restore our joy that we may shine for you more fully, Lord. Lift our heads.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kim  |  March 18, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Dear God,
    What she said.

  • 2. Meg  |  March 21, 2011 at 11:04 am

    This is beautiful and so raw, Joan. You have amazing ability of expression.

  • 3. Maggie  |  March 21, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Been a tough week of “unspokens”, mounds of them. I keep watching and waiting and praying. He is the “lifter of our heads”. I pray for things too big for me, and need help, though they are unspeakable. Thank you all for joining me.

  • 4. Ginjah  |  December 2, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” Matthew 5:3

    At the end of our rope is God’s office! When we cannot, He can! He will! He wills to be our answer in all things! I know this is an older post and I pray God has brought tremendous revelation to you this year! Love your writing! Love your style! Love your humility!

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