Seven times I’ve heard
I’m bleeding or
I think I’m having a miscarriage or
The baby has no heart beat.
Each life its own story.
The suffering, now a familiar acquaintance
Doesn’t get easier
The agony of grief goes deep
For my daughters
And their husbands
For my grandchildren.
But God was with each one
His eyes watching
Each life’s beginning
Jesus has said,
“Let the children come to me”
And so they have gone
To be held in arms of love.
This post is longer and different than usual. I hope it encourages you to pray through your grief. God is with you. God is love.
When we pray “Your kingdom come” we’re talking to our Father, the King of kings, who is seated on a throne of grace.
He reigns with grace, giving favor, blessing and gifts we don’t deserve.
“I called and they would not hear, so they called and I would not hear,” says the Lord of hosts (Zechariah 7:13).”
Take time to listen.
Do I pray just for me? Or do I pray for God?
What motivates your prayer?
Even now my witness is in heaven.
My advocate is there on high.
I pour out my tears to God (Job 16:19-20).
Pray with confidence in God who controls everything for our good and His glory.
We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God (Romans 8:28).
All glory to God our Father forever and ever! Amen (Philippians 4:20).
The free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).
So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift (Romans 4:16).
Receive God’s gift and say thank you.
We often overlook confession. Perhaps we live unaware of our sins. Maybe we think if we don’t talk about them, God will not notice. We probably don’t realize how absolutely bad sin is. But the consequences of sin are dire. If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened (Psalm 66:18 NLT). The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
Click here for a Prayer Guide on Praying to a Forgiving God.
Facing an undeserved death, Jesus prayed, “I want your will to be done, not mine.”
God responded by sending an angel to strengthen him (from Luke 22:42-43).
Sometimes God’s answer is strength to endure suffering.
Jesus told his disciples he would “be killed, but three days later he would rise from the dead. They didn’t understand what he was saying, however, and they were afraid to ask him what he meant (Mark 9:31-32).”
I’m not sure why they were afraid to ask. But I am sure that we don’t have to be afraid to ask Jesus anything.
He invites us to “come boldly to the throne of our gracious God (Hebrews 4:16).”