Lord, I pray that you give us just what we need.
Not what we want, but what we need.
As we lay down each night, we pray something that goes a little like that. We pray for the strength just to get us through each day. It’s a new kind of praying for us, and it’s not something that we would have ever thought to pray for before.
It’s not elaborate or fancy, and it definitely is not all that we desire, but it truly is all we need. This kind of prayer and submission has done just that, given us just what we need to get through each day.
The strength for tomorrow.
Often times I hear that we are strong or that someone does not know how we do it. Honestly, it is a compliment, but it is frustrating, because we truly are not strong. After we prayed last night, I shared this snippet from my morning devotional with D that explains exactly just that.
We have the opportunity to put the faithfulness of God on display to those around us- not because we are strong people with strong faith, but because we are weak in courage and weak in faith. God gives us his strength in our weakness, so “that everyone can see that our glorious power is from God and is not our own” (2 Corinthians 4:7). Our lives become the canvas on which God draws a picture of these words (originally given to the hurting apostle Paul): “My power works best in your weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
She nailed it! This is what I mean when I say that I am not strong. So again, after a sad evening of confusing feelings, we pray tonight for just what we need to get through tomorrow. Just enough. Amen.