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PRAY: Prayer for Those Who Can’t Fix It

Posted by on January 8, 2013 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

My late father was a fixer. He grew up on a farm and learned early to use his hands, a few tools, and his mechanical insight to fix almost anything. I’ve seen him take apart everything from dishwashers to riding lawn mowers and put them back together in better working order. As a child, I brought him countless broken toys, waiting confidently as he turned them over in his large hands to “Fix it, Daddy.”

The past few years have brought a new sense of brokenness to my life. Circumstances, experiences, and relationships have made me aware of my own inability to manipulate, manage, or fix anything. Because I know I’m not alone in my weakness, I offer today’s prayer:

Dear Father, I’m coming to you today as the only One who can “fix it.” I stand before you to place my brokenness, my weakness, my inability in your powerful hands.

Lord, receive this offering as all I have to give. I ask you to take it and use it for your glory, no matter what. I believe you work all things together for good to those who love you and are called according to your purpose. I trust you to do that in your way and in your time.

Thank you, dear Lord, for your enduring presence in my life. Thank you for not pushing me aside or telling me you’re dealing with more important matters. Thank you that you knew all about my shattered condition long before I offered myself to you. Thank you for your promise to pour out your grace and to extend your power through my weakness. Help me learn yet again that my inability is the vehicle for your support, my confusion the avenue for your wisdom, my lack the door that opens the way for your abundance.

I praise you because you have it figured out. I praise you that I need not cling to the past. I praise you that I can relinquish the people I love and the situations I hate, the relationships that hurt and the ones that delight, all to you. Holy God, reveal your power. Show me your glory. And work, oh, please work, as only you can. In your mighty name I pray, AMEN.

Do you have a broken place in your life? Are you asking God to “Fix it, Daddy?” Feel free to share in the comments so others may join you in prayer or contact me through the link to the right of this post.  I would be more than honored to add my prayers to yours.


  1. Sue Badeau had trouble posting the following comment, so I’m doing so in her place:

    Oh Marti – this is exactly the reminder I needed today! There is so much in my life I can’t fix but thankfully our God is the ultimate “fix it man” although his schemata for the fix may be different than the one in our heads! Thank you for writing, beautifully said! Sue B

  2. And thank you, Sue, for those thoughtful words. I know you understand, and I’m continuing to pray. <3

  3. Marti, I love this.

    It reminds me of a stoy about a child who brings a toy to his Father to fix it. He keeps asking and asking to no avail. Finally in exasperation he says, “Daddy! Why won’t You fix it?” The Father looks at his child tenderly and says, “My child, how can I fix it if you won’t let it go?”

  4. Exactly, Cindy. I think our walk with Him is a constant process of letting go. Thanks for sharing.

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