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If you have lived any length of time, you know that there are times when you feel like you are carrying the world on your shoulders. Your heart is too small to carry the baggage. You feel helpless and heavy in your spirit. Sometimes it appears that God is taking a sabbatical. How do you deal with those weighty feelings and ‘over-sized’ emotions? One of the best ways is praying for the revival (refreshing and renewal) of your soul. You can ask for understanding and strength. Always remember to repent and trust God to grant grace and rest. Be assured that He hears you and will enlarge your heart.
25My soul clings to the dust;
Revive me according to Your word.
26 I have declared my ways, and You answered me;
Teach me Your statutes.
27 Make me understand the way of Your precepts;
So shall I meditate on Your wonderful works.
28 My soul melts from heaviness;
Strengthen me according to Your word.
29 Remove from me the way of lying,
And grant me Your law graciously.
30 I have chosen the way of truth;
Your judgments I have laid before me.
31 I cling to Your testimonies;
O Lord, do not put me to shame!
32 I will run the course of Your commandments,
For You shall enlarge my heart.
Hallowed is Your Name. I am in awe of Your majesty! You are great and worthy of all glory and honor.
I bow before You today in submission to Your will and your way. Again I pray in faith, confidence, and expectation of Your promise to hear me when I call unto You. I repent of my sins and ask for forgiveness now so that my prayers are not hindered. Thank You, Father, for being just and faithful to forgive me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness through the precious blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
Father, I delight in Your Word. I need it; I want it! I prostrate myself in Your Presence desperate to hear from You. When I am laid low, revive me by Your word. Lord God, I talk to You about my plans and you answer me, but teach me Your decrees. It is Your purposes and plans that prevail over mine. Make me understand the way of Your precepts so shall I meditate on Your wonderful works.
Father, the cares of this life often cause me to become weary and my soul melts from heaviness; I ask that You strengthen me according to Your word. Keep deceitful and lying ways far from me and favor me with Your law.
Lord God, I choose the way of truth. Your judgments I have laid before me to walk therein. Help me to hold fast to Your testimonies, O LORD, do not put me to shame as I am called by Your Name. I will run in step with Your commandments, realizing it is You who enlarges my heart and broadens my understanding.
Oh! How I praise You! I worship You in spirit and in truth. You alone are God. Thank You for this privilege and access to Your grace through Jesus Christ, my Redeemer and Lord.
I pray this prayer with thanksgiving. I seal it in the Name of Jesus, the blood and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
An excerpt from the devotional, 22 Days of Prayers and Meditations: Psalm 119
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