Some Days I Need a Jump Start

Last week I went outside and hopped in my car ready to meet my friend, Rachel, for breakfast. I hooked my seatbelt, stuck the key in the ignition and after a few whines and sputters … nothing. Nothing. It soon became obvious that I needed a jump start. I had left my visor down overnight and the tiny little light beside the mirror had completely drained the battery. Shoot!!

My neighbor just happened to be leaving his house at the same time and was happy to come over and assist me. Once my battery was connected to his, the turn of the key produced an engine purring like a kitten. Off I went.

Somedays I need a jump start. Especially when it comes to prayer. I love God, my Creator, Father and Lord, and crave to walk intimately with Him, moment by moment. But I have to be honest, most days I need a jump start. Prayer can be a frustrating thing. When left to myself and my own thoughts, I just babble and ramble—or to stay with the metaphor, there’s a lot of whining, and sputtering going on and then … nothing. Sometimes I’m not even aware of when the “nothing” took over.

What I usually need is a good, solid jump start. I need someone to give me a boost, to connect me to the Source and get the engine of prayer running. Thankfully, we have a treasure trove of good neighbors who can get us started. These are men and women of God who have gone before us, gathered a wealth wisdom and crossed the finish line. They have left us powerful batteries (written prayers) to which we can connect.

One of my very favorite prayers was given to us by a mighty man of God who lived in Russia during the 19th century, before the Russian Revolution. Under his leadership, he supported the translation of the Bible into the Russian language and even translated several Old Testament books himself. He had much to do with the spiritual awakening in Russia during the 19th century.

I pray this prayer almost every morning. It, plus my other morning prayers, gives me the start I need, focuses my mind and my heart on the things of God, and propels me into that intimate place of communion that I desire most. I know that I will have “dealings” with people and I want them to be blessed by Him and to be an extension of Him. I need help. I need to be connected to the Source, the “Treasury of good things and Giver of Life.” Perhaps this prayer can be an encouragement to you and be used to deepen your moment-by-moment walk with God.

Morning Prayer of Philaret of Moscow

O Lord, grant me to greet the coming day in peace.
Help me in all things to rely upon Your holy will.
In every hour of the day reveal Your will to me.
Bless my dealings with all who surround me.
Teach me to treat all that comes to me throughout the day
with peace of soul,
and with the firm conviction that Your will governs all.
In all my deeds and words guide my thoughts and feelings.
In unforseen events let me not forget that all are sent by You.
Teach me to act firmly and wisely,
without embittering or embarrassing others.
Give me strength to bear the fatigue of this coming day,
with all that it will bring.
Direct my will, teach me to pray,
pray Yourself in me.

To God be the glory.

Question: What part of this prayer resonates the most with you?

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13 Responses to “Some Days I Need a Jump Start”

  1. Gail, Each time I looked and thought that I knew which part resonated with me most, the next line resonated more…Don’t know if that is weakness on my part, or simply that I have a lot of issues!!! As I read back through it again, though, I pause most for: “In unforseen events let me not forget that all are sent by You”. I have to keep in mind that ALL events are sent by Him.

    Thanks for sharing.

    John Gallagher

  2. It is difficult to pick out one part when it all absolutely resonates within my heart Gail. It is so encouraging to know that others struggle in the same way I do. I often wonder what it is that could possibly keep me from wanting to speak with the Maker of heaven and earth, with my heavenly Father. It is often getting caught up in what feel like “rote prayers.” I long for a relationship that is deep and intimate.
    Thank you for this prayer. I will print it out.

  3. Amen, amen, amen. Insightful post, friend. And one of my favorite prayers. I actually have it on my phone so I’m never without it. Thanks for this important reminder. And, welcome home. 🙂

  4. Dearest Debbie! How I miss you. We must catch up SOON. Thanks for your kind words. You’re such an encouragement to me. And I have to thank you for introducing me to John Baillie.

    You’re in my prayers, Sister.

  5. That’s the part that always gets me.

  6. Your comment, “reading the prayer caused me to pause and not just read the words, but let them penetrate me”

    THAT is the secret. That is the goal. They need to be united with your heart. That’s the gift.

  7. There was a time when I resisted written prayers. They were someone else’s words, after all. My prayers needed to be my words.

    But the older I’ve gotten the more I not only love them but I realize I need them. In fact, the Scriptures are full of them. What are the Psalms, but written prayers? Those prayers cover the whole gamut of emotions and situations. And the Lord himself taught us to pray, “When you pray, say …”

    What matters in our relationship with the Lord is that we’re honest and our words come from our heart. Sometimes others can help us articulate what’s in our hearts more than we can by ourselves.

    Also, written prayers have been a fantastic spring board for me to then take my particular concerns and thanksgivings to Him.

    Thanks so much for your comments. There’s nothing like a refreshing rain on dry and thirsty ground!!

  8. Yep, our days are full of those unforseen events, aren’t they!

    Great to hear from you Colleen.

  9. Debbie Christian October 8, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    In the last 24 hours God’s pulled back a curtain for me concerning how I have been handling a family situation. He’s shown me I’ve been “embittering and embarrassing” others, all in the noble quest of righting wrongs. It’s not right, and I’m wrong.
    I do love this prayer, Gail. I can see its daily fruit in your life. Rick and I start our days with the always-fresh prayers of John Baillie, a great thinker/preacher who left this earth 50 years ago. I think well-written prayers are indeed a great way to spur us to better praying, ourselves.

  10. There’s something I’m dealing with at work so, “Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering or embarrassing others” really hits home to me. Thanks for posting this!

  11. Well, what part doesn’t resonate? All of it does. The prayer of Philaret of Moscow is great, but what really strikes me is your honest sharing. I feel the same way many mornings. Loving God, but not knowing how to put myself in the best frame of mind to act on it appropriately. Just now, reading this prayer, caused me to pause and not just read the words, but let them penetrate me. Then, I began quickly to feel them, and then to want to really ask God for the things I was reading about. It centered me. This is a good thought — to not rely on myself to get in the frame of mind for my morning meditations. But to find words that strike a chord with me, meditate on them, and let them draw me to the Father where I need to be always, especially before the start of each day. Thanks for this.

  12. Thank you. I needed that today. Yesterday was a day where I continually needed restarting, and had to rely on His abundant grace to walk through the many little frustrations. Perfect timing.

    I usually will avoid already written prayers because they are more religious than real to me. However, every single bit of this prayer is resonating within me. It’s like the Lord’s refreshing rain on dry and thirsty ground.

    I’m thinking some tears will be shed. Bless you.

  13. Oh I love this prayer! I’ve never heard it before, Gail. My favorite part is

    In unforseen events let me not forget that all are sent by You.

    The last few weeks have been challenging for me. Thanks for this reminder!

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