Grace for Uncommon Hours

Words may not always come easy. When words don’t flow the way I need or want them to, then I turn to art, singing, song writing, or whispered two-word prayers – “Lord, Help”.  These have become moments of worship and stillness for me.  It is enough even to heave heavy soulful sighs. God understands the language of the pause between our breaths and tears. In between the wrestling for faith and the shaking of feeble knees, God hears the hush of words our mouths cannot form.

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Maybe today was one of those kinds of days for you too. Beloved, we may not always have the words to speak a prayer to the Father. In Romans 8:26-27, Paul reminds us that

26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

I am also reminded how Christ taught us how to pray with the Lord’s Prayer. Even the 23rd Psalm is a wonderful psalm to pray. We are not without means to express our hearts to God.  He knows we are frail and imperfect.  This does not deter God from relentless pursuit of relationship with us.

Today I give my offering in the form of art that speaks in the quiet. Why? Because I am again pondering the grace of God. I am holding fast to this grace I sometimes think I don’t deserve…but God. He shatters that lie. He reminds me that I am made for grace. He whispers to my soul how much I belong and am loved. So I will keep reaching toward heaven, eyes up, ears ready to hear.

 

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my prayer for the compline hour

God, whom I cannot see,
I fix my eyes again on You.
Cause my heart to rest
Secure in Your infinite grace.

Lord, I know you are not far off.
You are near. You are close.
You are here. This I believe.
May my gaze be forever fixed on you.
When broken and bent with pain,
Lift my soul to Your ardent love.
When sorrowful grief clouds my view,
Pierce the darkness with your Holy Light.

God, whom I cannot see, I trust you.
I know you will fight for me.
Cause my heart to rest
Secure in your immutable grace.
Here, I place my life and times
In your Sovereign Hands.
My heart will rest secure in You.
May it always ever be.
Amen.

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May these words encourage you tonight.

The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.
Exodus 14:14

Truly my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation.
Psalm 62:1

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.
Proverbs 18:10

You can read the rest of my 31 Days series here.  Thanks for reading friends!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright @1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Use by permission. All rights reserved.


4 thoughts on “Grace for Uncommon Hours”

  • 1
    Jamie Wright Bagley on October 11, 2014 Reply

    Beautiful, heartfelt prayer. Thank you for sharing. Yesterday was hard for me, too. Your words have encouraged me.

    • 2
      Marvia on October 11, 2014 Reply

      Oh I’m glad you were encouraged! Let’s keep holding faith!

  • 3
    Dana Butler on October 11, 2014 Reply

    Oh how I need to remember that He understands my unarticulated prayers. My pauses and groans and sighs. Thanks for this, my friend. <3

    • 4
      Marvia on October 11, 2014 Reply

      Yes, I have so many unarticulated prayers too. i believe even the sighs, groans, and tears speak for me Dana. He really does understand. Thank you for reading <3 😉

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