Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The Jesus Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Almost every time I find myself getting overly irritated at some one or something, I try to utter out these precious words, or say it in my head over and over again. And every time I do, this potent prayer reaches heaven and saves me.

Like the other day, in the car with my husband. He was having a bad day, and it was really cramping my style. I had no patience for him, what he was going through, and I just wanted him to get over it. I wanted to say that to him, the the person I love dearly, "Get over it." I took a deep breath and said the Jesus prayer over and over and over in my head. Suddenly, I had compassion for him. I could see the ugliness in my own heart of impatience and lack of care for anyone but myself. It hurt. But it healed, and in that car, where there could have been a bitter argument, was grace and love. I pray that I could always be diligent in seeking God in moments like that. Why is it so hard?


Blogger annie said...

I needed to be reminded of this. After a really hard night with Johnny, he woke me up three times and still woke up early this morning. At almost nine months pregnant I find myself feeling very entitled to a good nights sleep. I wish I had remembered this prayer last night as I cried in my pillow and did a very half ass/half awake job of comforting my son. Needless to say, my attitude would have been very different.
thanks for sharing.

11:21 AM  
Blogger Bea said...

Thanks for this, that prayer is so simple, but so profound. Very much needed by moms of new babies!

12:34 PM  
Blogger Xenia Kathryn said...

wonderful! Thank you for sharing your heart and for the reminder to PRAY!!!

2:45 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

I agree, it is a very good reminder for us all.

3:56 PM  
Blogger Bluecanopy said...

don't you just love the fact that we stinky, impatient, bitter fools can be transformed...God is good.

thanks for the reminder :)

9:14 AM  

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