I first published this on April 14, 2007. I’m cleaning up some of my early posts and getting rid of any photos that aren’t mine. I thought this was a good reminder and prayer for me…
The original title of this post was Three A.M. Prayers ~ The Joys of Growing Older…
An interesting thing happens when you are over 50, you begin new sleep patterns. One of my frequent tendencies is to awake too early to get up so this has been a great opportunity for prayer in my life. Sometimes because my brain is not filled with the cares of the day I can think more clearly.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Here’s one of my 3:00 A.M. prayers…
Lord help me today to recognize my own depravity, my resistance to your holiness. Help me to realize my need to repent every new day and turn my face from myself to you and to what you want me to do. Help me to know that my past is totally forgiven and I need to concentrate on today and what you are doing now in my life. Help me to recognize that the only reason I am loved and blessed is because of what Jesus did for me. I am no better than any other sinner on the earth except for what you have done for me. Help me not to ignore the fact that even though I am no better than any other sinner I still need to extend your Kingdom to them in any way I can. Help me to recognize that my fellow believers will fail just like me and that they are forgiven and redeemed just like me. Wipe out any self righteousness that remains in me. Help me to remember how important forgiveness and reconciliation are in your kingdom, first and foremost between You and me. I am amazed at your willingness to continually forgive and redeem. You are a great God.
I Thessalonians 5:23
“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.”
Blessings on your heads today!