Whom have I in heaven but You? I desire You more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever.

Psalm 73:25, 26

Father,

I pray for those of us who have journeyed many years in life. For those who feel the tension as bodies grow frail while there is still so much to be done. We shudder to watch this world grow so bitter and violent. And we sigh at all that is unraveling around and in us.

We struggle with disappointments and with pain. With circumstances we didn’t expect this late in life … we anticipated blessings, not more trials. We stumble with mind-stealing distractions and with shiny “idols” that pull us from You.

Father, would You remind us that You haven’t forgotten us? That You still hear our prayers? That You still want us to listen to Your voice … seek You with an expectant heart … love You with abandon, not grow weary of doing right things?

Let Your Word be my first food of every day. I hand over my shame for all the times it is not. Today is a new day.

It is not too late for us to turn to You … again and again, if need be.

I choose to put all that feels unfruitful in my life … and there is a lot … into Your hands. I trust that seemingly dead things are still alive as seeds planted or as seedlings watered as I pray over them.

Father, trim my words so that they are much more about You than about dark and meaningless things.

Let joy … found in thankfulness… be seen in me.

Help me find purpose today … first in prayer (the greatest mission of all) then in a Godly kindness, a gentle word, an act of forgiveness, time gifted to a lonely friend …

Today is still a good day to love You with abandon … to keep running the good race, even if I have to hobble.

Young or old, let us shine Truth and Love today.

In Jesus Name.

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Picture credit: Shelly Ausmus

I am devoting much of this year to joining with others in prayer, so am therefore filling my social media pages with requests like this. I invite you to join along with prayers and requests of your own. Join in silently or add to the comments.

It is an awesome thing to watch the Lord at work through the prayers of His children.

Blessed,

Shelly