A Message of Prayer for the Worn and Weary
Author: Dan Holmes
Many of the wives in our counseling and coaching practice are tired, hurt, worn, perhaps numb and near hopeless. They wonder if there is life in their relationship and if there can be life in them again. The dream they had on their marriage day is far from that and while achieving that dream is forever unlikely there is still a wonder if anything can be salvaged. Living in a grey world that consists of existing instead of living (abundant life) isn't what they had in mind. With that in mind...
In the beginning God made the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God hovered over the waters. (NIV)
We'll follow the paradigm laid out in creation:
You are made. God created you uniquely and wonderfully (Psalm 139). He has a plan for you (Jeremiah 29:11). He has come to give you life abundant (John 10:10).
You may feel formless. Where do I fit now? Apart from the robotic actions of managing a household, what is my purpose?
You may feel empty. King James uses the word void. Void indicates there is nothing left. You are spent and nothing is returning. The law of sowing and reaping isn't working. You give and there isn't a 'pressed down shaken together and running over' (Luke 6:38) type of return. Life brings life and there isn't any life left.
Darkness is all you see. The hope, if there is any, is the size of a pinhole. Darkness is also on your countenance. You hide it when necessary. The loss of hope though has drained the light from your eyes.
All of that might describe where you are ... let's keep reading.
The Spirit of God is hovering over all. He sees the void. He knows there is darkness. Verse 2 comes immediately after and changes things. What was is no longer.
"And God said, 'Let there be light', ..." -- From here on, darkness is separated from light. What was once void is teaming with life.
A prayer for you and I quote from a song because it is concise and specifically meets what is outlined.
From Red Rocks Worship "Breath Miracles":
Over every broken heart Hope is rising through the dark Over every weary soul Breathe miracles
Father, I ask that for those that read this and desire it for themselves. Furthermore, that You would be near them and draw them to yourself and that as 3 John 1:2 says they would "prosper even as their soul prospers". Amen
A relationship takes two. You prospering doesn't change your relationship (it can't hurt it) but it will certainly help you live, not exist, and cultivate life in those in your charge despite your circumstances.
This content first appeared on Dan's coaching blog