Prayer of Desperation

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Holy Father, 

As I come before You today, I realize that within my flesh lies nothing good (Romans 7:18). In and of myself, my wisdom is inadequate concerning what to do about _______ (2 Corinthians 3:5). But this doesn’t deter my need to pray.

In my weakness, You do not condemn (Romans 8:1). You merely say, “Call upon Me, and I will show you great and mighty things which you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3). “Come to Me, all you who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). “Present your case; bring forward your strong arguments. Let us reason together” (Isaiah 41:21; 1:18). You urge me near.

Thank You for seeing Christ in me. Despite my cracked vessel, You look past my shell to see Your Light (2 Corinthians 4:6). What a miracle! Somehow my desperate weakness is of great value to You.

Whether I want to admit it or not, human helplessness is a given. You are practical and see the truth of this. Duping myself into thinking I can handle my problems isn’t helpful in prayer. You cannot answer a prayer built on deceit.

Father, I am powerless before the multitude of (these fears, this attitude, this negativity, these parenting difficulties, etc.). I do not know what to do, but my eyes are upon You (2 Chronicles 20:12). No amount of well-crafted prayer on my part will defeat these enemies. I accept my helplessness and look to You.

Somewhere within me, You planted a measure of trust (Romans 12:3). I realize what You already know: my faith is minuscule. Although, I know You are bigger than any problem, I may or may not act on that knowledge.

Locate that pixel of faith. Stir it, energize it, and enlarge it (Luke 17:5). May it be that when You ask, “Is My Hand so short that it cannot ransom or have I no power to deliver?” (Isaiah 50:2), my heart will answer with a resounding, “No!” When I hear You say, “I will pluck your feet out of this net and keep you from stumbling” (Psalm 25:15; 37:24), I will say, “I believe!

I desire to overwhelmingly conquer through Jesus Who loves me (Romans 8:37). My hope is not found anywhere within myself. You didn’t tell me to be strong (in myself), but to “be strong in the Lord” (Ephesians 6:10). You know my strength won’t accomplish anything. Only the “working of the strength (which) is brought about in Christ” has efficacy (Ephesians 1:19-20). I have been looking inward for strength rather than upward.

Watchman Nee said: “God will not give me humility, or patience, or holiness, or love as separate gifts of His grace. He is not a retailer dispensing grace to us in packets, measuring out some patience to the impatient, some love to the unloving, some humility to the proud, in quantities that we take and work on as a kind of capital. He has given only one gift to meet all our needs: His Son Christ Jesus. As I look to Him to live out His life in me, He will be humble and patient and loving and everything else I need—in my stead. Remember the word in the first epistle of John: “God gave unto us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath the life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not the life” (1 John 5:11–12). The life of God is not given us as a separate item; the life of God is given us in the Son.

Teach me how to depend on Your Life instead of asking You to patch up my weak areas (of my patience, my attitude, my love, etc.) (Luke 5:36). You are my (patience). You are my (attitude change, energy, parenting wisdom). May I keep my eyes fixed on You (Hebrews 12:2). Selah.

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen” (Romans 11:33,36).