Praying through James: James 1: 9-11

James 1:9-11

Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

My Prayer(s)

I am poor.

Thank You Father for this lowly position.

 

In this seemingly unenviable state of poverty I pray things:

 

My joy, although troublesome to find today, is surely and utterly full.

You, my greatest prize, are with Me.

You have made me to be satisfied.

I truly lack nothing.

 

Even in this silence and solitude,

Your company,

And the company of my dearest friends and family,

Are more than enough!

 

You are my daily bread,

In every sense!

 

Help me to see the truth-

I am indeed rich!

 

I am rich.

Thank you for this lowly position.

 

At this seemingly enviable state of opulence I pray these things Father:

 

Dress me today, Father.

Clothe me with humility.

I am naked.

And I am in need of your choice garments-

Lowliness.

 

Although I have much,

And my materials are plenty,

I am poor.

My things,

My stuff,

Have consumed me.

 

They stand in the way of my true wealth.

They obstruct the view of the Prize of all Prizes-

You my love!

 

I am alone.

I am lonely.

I am nothing, and in great wanting, without You and Your presence.

 

Help me to see the truth-

I am indeed poor.

 

Friar Francis

I am poor and I am rich. May it be said of me that I was content in both dispositions. May it be a marker of my life that I that I learned how to be brought low, and how to abound- that in any and every circumstance, I learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. (Philipians 4:11-12, right before the famous verse 4:13)

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