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Not a poem, but a devotional type writing

Father, I Cannot Pray Today

Dear Father,

I cannot pray today. I want to, but it is too hard. My heart is overwhelmed with feelings that have cascaded over me. I feel smothered beneath the waves of emotion and I flail with what strength I have, trying to rise to the top of each wave, to no avail.

I read your Word today and saw how you performed miracles and healed the broken and maimed. Today, I feel my very life is broken and maimed, but I have felt your healing touch so often in the past.

Why do these things rage again, drowning me in the depths, where I can almost reach safety, but it eludes my grasp. I am pulled down, drowning in sorrow, yet desperate for air, my lungs bursting. I am so weak, there is nothing I can do, but drown in these feelings, I cannot breathe.

I cannot pray today, but you knew that, and Jesus prayed for me. You pull me from the depths, from the suffocating waves of feelings that have enveloped me, and you pull me free from their grasp. I burst through from beneath the waves; I can breathe again. I feel the sun beating down on my face and know it is you who has delivered me. It is you, who has lifted me from the depths. It is you, who set me on the Rock, and kept me safe.

You keep me in the shadows of your wings. There is no other place to go. No other place I want to go.

Thank you for hearing my prayer.

Psalm 17:8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,

Psalm 36:5 Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.

6 Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.

7 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.

9 For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

10 O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.


Psalm 63:1 <A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.> O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.

3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.

4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.

5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:

6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.

7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.

8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.


Psalm 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. 5 Thou shalt not be afraid...

Romans 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us

Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

1Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you

Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

Written: 2008


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