It’s our prayer of hope in God that our God will be with us always, in times of joy, and in times of trouble. And we know that even in our deepest, darkest times, Our Lord is with us. He stands with us, and when we need it, He carries us along.
And with this confidence in Our Lord, we pray:
[quote]And now, Lord, what is my hope? Truly, my hope is even in Thee. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, yet I will fear no evil. Lord, Thou knowest whereof we be made; Thou rememberest that we are but dust. I am Thine, Oh, save me! Behold, O Lord, how that I am Thy servant, and the son of Thine handmaid. Thine unprofitable servant; yet Thy servant. Thy lost prodigal child, yet Thy child. Into Thy hands I commend myself as unto a faithful Creator. Lord, I am created in Thine own image. Suffer not Thine own image to be utterly defaced, but renew it again in righteousness and true holiness. Into Thine hands I commend myself, for Thou hast redeemed me, Thou God of Truth. Amen.
Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626)[/quote]
Dear Lord, thank you for hearing my prayer placing my life in Your hands. I know that it is in You that I can trust and that I can hope. Even when I fall, You are there to pick me up and help me walk again. You are the Lord who makes the blind see, the deaf hear and the lame walk.
Heal me, O Lord, as You have healed Your children in generations past, and be with me always.
Putting Prayer into Practice: Prayer of Hope in God
What can we do to put this prayer into practice? How can we grow in hope of our Lord?
- Do you remember a time in your life when all seemed lost? When you thought there was no hope, no way out, nowhere to turn? And then what you hoped for came to pass, or what you feared didn’t materialize? Recall that time, and recall it in detail. Realize that Our Lord was with You in each step of that struggle. Thank Him for His presence with you then, and tell Him of your confidence that He is with you now.
- Have you seen Our Lord’s working in the life of a friend or family member? Recall in detail when someone you loved was enduring a great trial or difficulty, and perhaps you worried for your loved one. And then you saw how Our Lord saw your loved one through the difficulty. Thank Him for what He did in the life of your loved one. Promise Him that today You will be a ray of His hope to one of His children.
- Throughout today, turn to Him in a prayer of hope and thanksgiving. This may be as simple as a statement, “Jesus, my hope is in You.”