I found this prayer, written by William Barclay, in a small treasury of poems and thoughts on the home. It has touched my heart, convicting me and inspiring me. May it bless you as well.
“O God, help me always to remember that You have given me the most important task in the world, the task of making a home.
Help me to remember this when I am tired of making beds, and washing clothes, and cooking meals, and cleaning floors, and standing in shops. Help me to remember it when I am physically tired in body, and when I am weary in mind with the same things which have to be done again and again, day in and day out.
Help me never to be irritable, never to be impatient, never to be cross. Keep me always sweet. Help me to remember how much my husband and children need me, and help me not to get annoyed when they take me for granted, and when they never seem to think of the extra work they sometimes cause me.
Help me to make this home such that the family will always be eager to come back to it, and such that, when the children grow up and go out to their own homes, they will have nothing but happy memories of the home from which they have come.
This I ask for Your love’s sake. Amen”
In her book, Let Prayer Change Your Life, Becky Tirabassi describes one of the benefits of a regular, powerful prayer life….
“Equally surprising, but perhaps not as pleasant, prayer uncovered personality flaws that had been swept under the rug, shoved aside, and denied for many years, revealing an escape artist’s tactics in avoiding God’s correction or conviction.”
She goes on to say in the workbook…”Even as I uncovered personality flaws about myself during prayer, God’s love seemed to form a strong wall of protection around me, helping me face up to and fight against the sin in my life. The inevitable moments where God encouraged correction in my life were buffeted by a soft blanket of His comfort and concern surrounding me, making the discussions bearable.”
Yes! This is so true….bittersweet benefits to this completely open relationship with Jesus. Even though there is an acute sense of pain in my heart, I am enveloped in His amazing love!
A few months ago, a friend of mine gave me a copy of her favorite songs…songs that became dear to her during a difficult time of cleansing in her life. These songs all focus on God’s immense love for us…His tender forgiveness…His promises of hope and victory! Daily, I put on this CD and let God minister to my spirit through music and lyrics which reflect His heart for me…and I am overwhelmed by the way He is revealing Himself to me.
So, although this process of developing a deeper prayer life has exposed ugly areas, and the purifying process is painful, I remain committed to letting prayer change my life….all for His glory!