Saturday, September 12, 2009

"I Got Nothing"

"I got nothing!" Have you ever felt that way? A little while back we were praying as a family. You know...Mommy starts, then Matthew, then Joshua, then Caleb, Jacob mimics a little and then Daddy closes. That is if everyone can make it around without giggling, talking, or having a bodily function slip out which then erupts in laughter. Usually we do pretty good, but some nights it is more comedic than anything. This particular night everyone was paying attention, holding hands and really focusing on the Lord. I prayed my long (word quota for the day, as Matt calls it) prayer, Matthew his serious, (convict us all) prayer and Joshua his sweet, (the world is beautiful and shiny and we all love Jesus) prayer and then it was Caleb's turn. We all sat waiting for Caleb, hoping that God was really working in him during the silence and waiting to receive a blessing and then we hear..."I got nothing!" The other boys thought this was hilarious and of course Jacob mimicked..."I dot notin!"

I have had days when "I got nothing!" Do you ever feel that way? Do you ever approach the throne, but in your heart you got nothing? Maybe you have been waiting a long time for a request to be answered and you are becoming weary. Maybe you have been so busy you have been out of the daily discipline of talking to God. Maybe you have some things in your life that you are holding on so tightly to that you are terrified to truly approach your Father. Maybe the situation is so delicate that you truly do not even know how to pray. Whatever the case, at some time we have all been there. "God, I got nothing!" Romans 8:26 "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express." God knew we would have those "I got nothing" days. What should we do? We go before Him anyway and we tell Him..."God, I am weary, I got nothing and I am relying on your Spirit to help me in my weakness." What a comfort it is to know that even though "I got nothing" God has and knows it ALL! I REST in that!

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