Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Luke 18:27 (NIV)
Heavenly Father, on this last Thursday in June, we praise you for your promises of steadfast love, daily mercies, and doing the impossible. We need all three.
Because of your steadfast love, we have incomparable peace. Because of your daily mercies, we have the freedom to be vulnerable. Because nothing is impossible to you, we can trust you with our hardest situations and most broken stories.
Some of us run to your throne of grace today, primed for a miracle. Some of us come very slowly, under the weight of emotional exhaustion and great weariness. Others among us are stuck on the mercy road, not sure we can risk the pain of hoping again. Thank you that you meet us where we are, just as we are, because you’re always running towards us in the gospel.
Father, for those of us who ache with the pain of betrayal, loss, or rejection, hold us close to your heart. We want you to be near, and yet we’re inclined to stay away. We want you to bring healing, yet some days we want to get even more than we want you. Help us Lord. Bitterness always leads to loneliness and more loss.
Father, for those of us who feel the burden of our guilt, the consequences of our poor choices, or the shame of our foolishness, reassure us of your welcome and free us to run home to you as Abba. We’re tired of being our own savior. Make your grace irresistible to us.
Father, for those of us with health challenges or diminishing finances, unexpected reversals or aging parents, big decisions and little time, spiritual malaise or job frustrations, children who are “all over the map” or spouse’s in a faraway emotional country… with palms up, we surrender to you—the God who does all things well, who makes all things beautiful, in your time. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ loving and powerful name.