A Beautiful Church. Tiva, Tahaa, French Polynesia. January, 2004.
Please Pray With Me
Last week my third-millennium friend Charity shared her worry that her cancer has returned.
Yesterday, she reported that cancer once again has invaded her body.
Will you please do this with me? Close your eyes, bow your head, drop to your knees, raise your hands--assume your preferred attitude of prayer.
Now listen to the Spirit within you--the Spirit that dwells in us all--and pray for Charity.
My prayer this morning goes like this:
I had planned to share something else here with you today. It can wait.Father God,We know that Your ways are not our ways and so we trust You, even when horrible things happen to people we love. Today, I lift up my friend Charity to You. Help her, Father, to feel the love we offer to her and to recognize it as a pale, pale reflection of Your sustaining love for her.Help us all to remember that her essential identity is Child of God, not Woman with Cancer.I call on Your abundant goodness, Father God. Heal her body, ease her heart, quell her pain, guide the doctors who care for her.Make her to feel the mighty power of Your Holy Spirit dwelling within her.
I ask these things in the precious Name of Your Son, Jesus Christ.
1 I will extol You, my God, O King,
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
2 Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
3 Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised,
And His greatness is unsearchable.
4 One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
5 On the glorious splendor of Your majesty
And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.
6 Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts,
And I will tell of Your greatness.
7 They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness
And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness.
Psalm 145:1-7 (NASB)