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PRAY: Praying for Those Who Are Running on Empty

Posted by on April 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Photo © Andrew Pieper, 2014

Photo © Andrew Pieper, 2014

Empty. That’s how my teenage daughter felt yesterday. As she worked in the library after her first dual-credit class at our local community college, her vision grew blurry, then dark. She began hyperventilating and heard a loud ringing in her ears.

Signs of a TIA or stroke? Thankfully, no. That morning, she decided a large coffee with creamer would hold her until lunch. But she didn’t plan to eat lunch until late afternoon. And she forgot to take along her usual snacks.

When Mom came to the rescue with orange juice, a snack, and a Subway lunch, a near-immediate healing occurred. My daughter had a simple need: fuel.

Our bodies don’t run well on empty, and neither do our spirits. Have you been pushing yourself? Have life’s urgent demands taken the place of spiritual disciplines? Does it seem you never catch up, never take a day off?

If so, watch out. You may be running on empty, too. Let’s pray together.

Father, I ask You to fill and fuel those who are running on empty. You are the Giver of all good gifts, the Lord over time and space, the Healer and Restorer of our souls. We love to talk about how busy we are, even priding ourselves on all we accomplish. Forgive us, Lord, for our failure to stop and listen. Forgive us for attempting to feed ourselves on that which never satisfies.

Our God, we ask You to make a way for us to see and to seek You amidst the clamor of our days. Help us find that quiet spot where we can see You, hear from You, learn of You, and be fed by You. Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need Thy tender car. In Thy pleasant pastures feed us, For our use Thy folds prepare. In Your name we pray this day, AMEN.

If you or someone you know is running on empty, please leave a comment below or email to share your prayer need. No one enjoys the feeling of running on empty. And filling comes with nothing more than a simple request. 

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