I read a post on praying recently (it was in an email and I believe it was quoting John Eldridge) and it has not been far from my thoughts since then.
This person was frequently forgetting to pray for others so they decided to just stop whatever they were doing, in that very moment, and pray. Their prayer started off with 'Jesus, come into this...' I don't remember much else but that line has lodged in my mind. How often I forget to simply ask Jesus into whatever is going on at the moment.
Fear of the unknown? Worried about what tomorrow will bring? Jesus, come into the middle of this moment. Dispel this fear, shine the light of Your truth and allow me to see clearly. Meet me here, even in this.
Hard day? Chronic health issues - mental, emotional, and/or physical...Jesus meet us right here, in the middle of this mess. Allow us to sense Your presence. Flood our spirits with Your Holy Spirit. Please surround _________________ with Your feathers, tuck ______________ under Your wings.
Conflict with someone you care about? A conflict between two people you love? Jesus, come dwell in the midst of this. Meet me here, even in this moment.
Best day ever? Butterflies landing on your child's hands, getting to see your husband again after a week or so apart? Warm cups of hot chocolate and lazy fall afternoons reading? Jesus, meet us here in the middle of this beautiful day so that I can bask in Your goodness. Come into these moments of joy so that they may be complete.
Come into this, teach us to live our deepest emotions.
Joy, grief, sadness, pain, fear, anxiety, anger, elation, excitement...
Meet me here.