Sometimes I’m just befuddled on how to pray for a situation. I don’t have the spiritual gumption to rise up in strength and pray Heaven down. I don’t have the words, I don’t have that fire. All I’ve got is, “Oh God, help me.”
I find myself there a lot.
The other day, I was editing down a classic Oral Roberts sermon for our magazine and I stumbled upon perhaps the most perfect prayer I’ve ever read. It’s so real and heartfelt and non-super-spiritual.
After preaching his sermon, Oral prayed this prayer over the people in attendance. Before you skip down past the part in italics, because I am notorious for skipping through the scripture passages, etc… please take a moment to read the whole thing. He covers the critical areas so well and yet leaves it open at the end for us to just say, “Oh God, help my life.”
Heavenly Father, in the name of Your incomparable Son, Jesus of Nazareth, I ask for miracles. Dear friend, through Jesus Christ of Nazareth who’s risen from the dead and who is transferring His power toward you right now, I pray that He will touch you from the crown of your head to the soles of your feet. I pray that your soul will be born again. I pray that you will say, “God, forgive me of my sins. Forgive me of my unbelief and come into my heart and make me a new creature.”
I pray God will heal you. If you have medicine in your body, if some physician is working with you, or if you’ve had surgery, I pray that whatever he has done will work, and that the Spirit of God will come upon the physician’s care. And then I pray that the miraculous power of God to heal will touch you. Every part of your blood. Every bone in your body. Every muscle. Every nerve. That from your head to your feet the healing power of Jesus will flow through you like a mighty river.
I pray for your loneliness, for your feelings of desperation and helplessness. I pray that Jesus will transfer His power to you, that you’ll feel and hear God’s still small voice, and you’ll take dominion over this struggle, through the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
Today I pray that you will rise up, and Christ will come into you with a new power. And you will know that you know that you know that Christ has taken over and is going to change things in your life.
Through Jesus Christ I pray, I believe, and I expect this miracle to happen in your life. Amen and amen.
My favorite line is this: And you will know that you know that you know that Christ has taken over and is going to change things in your life. If you skipped the entire thing, I hope you hold on to that one line. If we’ll call out to God in our weakest and darkest times, when we’re completely befuddled, He is there, and help is right around the corner.