Father, if by reason of
- bodily illness,
- or indwelling sin,
- or the guilt of actual transgressions,
- or the hiding of Your face,
- or a sense of divine wrath,
- or the temptations of Satan,
- or afflictions and crosses of various kinds,
- or fears of death,
- or even earnest desires after heaven and eternal happiness,
that cause me to groan till I am weary, as did the psalmist,with his groaning, please remind me of Your presence.
These tears shed, cannot atone and satisfy for sin, for nothing but the blood and sacrifice of Christ can do that, not even the abundance of grief and tears ”all the night long.”
If ever in a night of spiritual darkness and desertion,
- when my soul is without the discoveries of the love of God, and the influences of Your grace;
- and I lose sight of You, and interest in You, not enjoying communion with You;
please remind me that throughout this night season weeping endures, though joy comes in the morning.
Every page of Scripture proclaims the fact, that salvation is only of You. Man is a sinner, his case can only be reached by mercy; and never is mercy more illustrious than in restoring backsliders. With good reason I pray, that if it be Your will and You have any further work for me or my brothers and sisters in You, to do in this world, please yet spare us to serve You. To depart and be with You is the happiest choice for Your children; but for us to abide in the flesh is more profitable for the church.
Remind me of Your presence and let me not blame my foes but learn the lessons You would have me learn.
I may feel sorrows so deep, and groaning so constant, that my strength fail. I may become ”faint” under the weight of my sorrows. May I remember that all persons in trouble have experienced this effect – the sense of weariness or exhaustion from sorrow. Lord help me to have a heart truly humbled, of a broken and contrite spirit under great afflictions, sent to awaken conscience and mortify my physcial body.
During those times, let me be comforted with the fact that, “The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer. Do You accept some prayers and not others? You hear all, however for some You will see the condition of my heart, weigh the motives and place the answer on hold until my character compliments request. You will not give me anything that I am not ready to accept in humility. Thank You Jesus, help me to accept Your will and be thankful in everything. Amen.