A bruised reed He will not break and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice. Isaiah 42:3 NASB
Your Heart’s Cry
I feel like my prayers go no further than the thin air escaping from my mouth. Not reaching Heaven, but rather bouncing off an invisible barrier erected to prevent me from experiencing any breakthrough or peace. When did this wall go up, and who commanded its construction? What is the use of trying? Why get my hopes up, only to be let down again? My desire to pray has been lost in the sea of disappointment, deferred hope, and damaged emotions. This wall has not only blocked my prayers, but it has blocked my passion to pursue You. Like water dripping upon a flame, each unanswered prayer kills something inside of me. My heart grows colder with each drop, slowly extinguishing what once was ablaze. I don’t know how to pray with faith when my faith appears to only be met with silence.
Access has never been denied you. Your prayers are forever before Me, but prayers grow best in the fertile ground of a surrendered heart. Surrender your heart. Return to Me those areas of your faith that have been torn down. Return to Me those areas of your heart that have been battered by past hurts.
Return to Me those areas of your hope that have been stricken by unbelief. Return to Me all that separates you from Me. Allow Me to daily remove each bandage as I bring to light the truth of My love. Allow Me to heal each area that needs mending. Allow My presence to come to you like a heavy rain, not to put out a flame, but to clean away all pain. Let it cover and saturate every area of your life. As the rain pours over all in its path, so shall My love pour over you. My rain of love will water the dry areas of your life and revive all that appears to have withered and died. If you will devote this daily time with Me, I will not disappoint you. My love will not fail you.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer. 1 Peter 3:12 NIV
Simple Prayer: Open my eyes to see the door back to fully loving You, God.
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 4:4-11
(Excerpted from Come Empty: Pour Out Life’s Hurts and Receive God’s Healing Love by Saundra Dalton-Smith, published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Used by permission.)
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Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a Board Certified internal medicine physician. She shares with audiences nationwide on the topics of eliminating limiting emotions, finding grace in difficult places, and experiencing personal renewal by drawing near to God. Dr. Dalton-Smith is a national and international media resource on the mind, body, spirit connection and has been featured in Woman’s Day, Redbook, and First For Women magazines. She is the founder of I Choose My Best Life. Her other books include the award-winning Set Free to Live Free: Breaking Through the 7 Lies Women Tell Themselves.