Trying to avoid the hard prayers

There are some prayers hard to pray. I don’t pray for patience. Obvious reasons here. Nor do I pray for challenges or trials or difficult people to be in my life. Yet, James tells us to be thankful for these things because they help us grow, or are evidence of our growth: spiritual growth.

No, I don’t pray for hard things. At least, not on purpose.

Like fire that is needed to purify and refine gold, heat in the form of these challenges is what builds our faith. It’s part of our spiritual growth. Yet, I still struggle with these words as a prayer.

But I can sing the words of this song, hoping as a song the refinement will be melodic and sweet.

Refine Me – Jennifer Knapp

I come into this place
Burning to receive your peace
I come with my own chains
From wars I’ve fought for my own selfish gain
You’re my God and my Father
I’ve accepted your Son
But my soul feels so empty now
What have I become?

Lord, come with your fire
Burn my desires; refine me
Lord, my will has deceived me
Please come and free me
Refine me

My heart can’t see
When I only look at me
My soul can’t hear
When I only think of my own fears
They are gone in a moment
You’re forever the same
Why did I look away from You
How can I speak Your name?

Lord, come with Your fire
burn my desires; refine me
Lord, my will has deceived me
Please come and free me
Come rescue this child
For I long to be reconciled to You

It’s all I can do
To give my heart and soul to You
And pray, and pray, oh I will pray

Lord, come with Your fire
burn my desires; refine me
Lord, my will has deceived me
Please come and free me
Come rescue this child
For I long to be reconciled to You

Refine me, refine me
Refine me, refine me

Lord, hear our prayers.

More about Debby Hudson

Where do you find grace? Inside the church walls? Around the dinner table with your family? For years, grace was not much more than the prayer we said before meals or a biblical concept. Then I met a group of men who had, as we say, reached bottom. They welcomed me to Graceland. They showing me grace can be found in the darkest of places. I'm still searching and learning. I hope you'll want to come along.

4 thoughts on “Trying to avoid the hard prayers

  1. Lesley

    I agree, asking God to refine us is a difficult prayer to pray. Even though we know the result will be good we also know it is usually hard. I like the song you shared- I didn’t know it until now but I listened to it in another FMF post today.

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    1. Debby Hudson

      Glad you listened to the song. I’ve always liked her voice and that particular album really had some good songs with thoughtful lyrics. Thanks Lesley.

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  2. Tara Ulrich

    Jennifer Knapp…one of my faves!

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    1. Debby Hudson

      Mine too, Tara. Her Kansas album was the best. I go back to it all the time.

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