Read: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.” 2 Corinthians 13:14 (NKJV)
“But as for you, my child, be empowered by the grace that is in Jesus, the Anointed One.” 2 Timothy 2:1 (Voice)
Reflect: A few days after returning home from a trip to Arizona, I received the type of phone call we all dread. A friend I had just been with was hit by a truck and it was unknown if she would survive.
Soon people from all over the world began entering into prayer for her life. I myself entered into one of the longest prayer vigils I’ve participated in. I really didn’t know how to pray. This had way too many variables for my own expression of words. Was surviving the best thing for her and her family? Would she be the same? Was she in too much pain? What if God didn’t answer my prayer for complete healing?
Trauma and grief were disorienting and I struggled to know what was really needed. I know God cares about the desires of my heart so I expressed those desires and before long I was brought to a place of surrender. Ultimately, I needed to express that it was beyond my ability to know what was best and what we all needed in that moment was Jesus and his mercy.
With surrender, my prayer changed. Prayer for my friend became a space I entered, navigated, was prompted in, and had my needs met as well. I could feel how much of an active participant I was. God showed up in such beautiful ways and I realized his presence was the answer to my prayer—no matter the outcome.
React: My friend has survived and is on the very slow road to recovery. I still pray for her often, sifting through needs and eventually landing in a place where we can just be in the presence of God. What do you have to surrender in prayer today? Where do you need Christ’s mercy?
Pray: Jesus, I long to know you and your tender mercies. May I bow my heart before you in the goodness of your presence, your grace forever shining. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.