Beloved in Jesus,
In praying, we can ask our Heavenly Father to meet any need. For, however many and great are our human needs may be, all can and will find their satisfaction from God.
As I prepared for this week’s celebration of the Feast of Holy Cross, I came across this collect included in the new BCP2019. The prayer yields the recurring pressure points of daily living to the self-giving sufficiency of Jesus:
Dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: I hold up all my weakness to your strength, my failure to your faithfulness, my sinfulness to your perfection, my loneliness to your compassion, my little pains to your great agony on the Cross. I pray that you will cleanse me, strengthen me, guide me, so that in all ways my life may be lived as you would have it lived, without cowardice and for you alone. Show me how to live in true humility, true contrition, and true love. Amen.
Our needs find satisfaction FROM God. But further still, our needs find satisfaction IN God.
Another prayer, by Lady Julian of Norwich, leaves behind the details of personal need and asks boldly and simply:
“God, of your goodness give me yourself, for you are enough for me, and I can ask for nothing which is less which can pay you full worship. And if I ask anything which is less, always I am in want; but only in you do I have everything” (Showings [Long Text], ch. 5, paragraph 5).
Praying honors God. And praying honors God most fully when our hearts turn from our needing to God’s fulfilling, and then from God’s fulfilling to God’s Fellowship.
By his Cross, Jesus not only met our many needs but also made the way into Fellowship with the Father and the Spirit.
O Jesus, grace us to receive the Father’s love in the Spirit’s fellowship! Amen.