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Gethsemane’s other prayers – Mark 14:32-42

Am I not among those who have walked with you all this time Lord?  There’s a faithful group of us, we’ve been serving, working, ministering, learning, preparing; you name it, we’ve been doing it.  All for you, Lord.  Right everyone?

“Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” (And all God’s People said, “Amen and Amen!”)

“Sit here while I pray; stay here and keep watch.”

Oh Lord, we’ve been working so hard all day; pushing for the kingdom, serving with great joy…but I am so tired. Dear God, bless the children, and the families, and the work of the church, and the pastors, and everyone else I am too tired to remember.

“Are you asleep?  Could you not watch for one hour?  Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation”

“THE SPIRIT IS WILLING, BUT THE BODY IS WEAK”

Oh Lord, yes I am willing. I will fight with you, I will fight for you, I will stand with you to the end.  Don’t worry about me and temptation, I’ve been following pretty close now for a while Jesus. It’s all good…

Except, my eyes seem to fail me, the body is weak.  I need rest Lord. I’ve been working so hard, serving, preaching, going to meetings, feeding hundreds, setting up dinners and programs and studies and prayer times and… I am so tired. If I could just get a power nap for a few minutes, I would be good and back to service again.  Bless the children, and the families, and the work of the church, and the pas…

“Are you still sleeping and resting?  Enough! The hour has come…”

Have mercy O God, the spirit is willing, but my body is so weak.  “I don’t understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”  Have mercy O God!  Have mercy on me.  Have mercy on us all.

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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“Can’t this life of faith just be easier?”

Lord, why do you seem so far from me?  Have I moved from you?

I am tired Lord:  tired of striving, tired of thinking, tired of analyzing, tired of fighting within. Can’t this life of faith just be easier; not so much to think about, feel about, wonder about all the time?

I serve You, but I question whether I serve or if it is You I serve at all. I love You,  yet I question whether it is You I love or if I love at all.  I praise You, but I question my motives. It seems as if I am never free to just live in freedom from some deeper thinking or questioning. Sometimes I feel like a mad man!  Does any one else feel it too.

O God, hear my prayer; draw near to me, encourage me, deliver me from sin, bring me a deep satisfaction and joy in knowing You. Let me bask in Your love and learn of the delights of living in Your Loving Presence every moment. Let me live as a loving person because I live continually in Your Loving Presence.

Amen.

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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