Psalm Prayer – Freedom




Last night I attempted to fix a leaky faucet in our tub. This particular faucet has been a bane to my existence since we moved in 12 years ago. It has been “fixed” a few times by repair guys more gifted than I in the area of home repair…but here it was again…dripping with defiance.

I found out that the stem had been stripped, so no matter how hard you tighten the handle the drip continued. I was frustrated, because two trips to Home Depot were necessary to find the right part for this troublesome faucet. I felt inadequate…I felt stupid about a leaky faucet getting the best of me. I saw it as an example of my decision making…leaky, flawed and beyond my ability to repair.

Wow…all this drama over a spigot?

Yeah…I felt silly about that as well. In the middle of the repair I had a peculiar thought. Maybe you can relate.

It was leaking again because the stem had been stripped…apparently…
so was I.

It has been a long season of giving out…of pouring out. I have tried to stay connected to the Master…but somewhere, somehow…I was leaking…I was stripped…and I tried to tighten up (duty wise) instead of letting go (resting in Him).

So I offer up the prayer I wrote out this morning, as my way of letting go…and finding my freedom again. Maybe you have tightened up lately…maybe you’re leaking and you don’t even know. Prayer is the best freedom repair I can think of…I pray this for you as well.

Father, hear my prayer!

I’m lost without you. My heart wants to give up without you. Without you…My spirit longs to run away and hide  The strength I possess seems small without you. Without your presence, vision is dim and my way is too dark to see.

Where can a man like me go but to you, oh giver of life? With you my strength returns…with you my spirit finds the strength to go on. Vision returns when my eyes set on you alone. I can rejoice because I am exposed to the fullness of your love. I am set free in your presence… I am set free in your presence… I am set free in your presence!

No good thing will you keep from me…your Word is good, your heart is good, your way is good and they will not be kept from me.

My declaration is this…I am yours because you made sure I was yours. Thank you for your sacrifice, the price you paid…for me! In you alone will I trust! – Amen! Tags: ,,


Bill (cycleguy) said…
In some ways I feel dangerously close to being stripped. I need to slow down and take some time to be with the Father.
Jay Cookingham said…
Please do bro'...praying for ya!
floyd said…
Feeling the leaks sealing up... and didn't even have to make a trip to the hardware store... Thank you for the prayer of your heart, your right, it's the cry of all of our hearts my friend.
Jay Cookingham said…
Good thing the Father doesn't mind repeat business! Thanks Bro'!
jasonS said…
I can completely relate, Jay. I feel things around me trying to tighten me down, but I turn to the Master and He knows exactly what to do to fix me and bring healing. Breathing in and breathing out... I want to rest in His freedom. Thank you, Jay.
Jay Cookingham said…
Sure glad He knows what to do my brutha! Thanks Jason!
Joanne Norton said…
Absolutely beautiful prayer, Jay. And a good example of how intense we can be for perfection and repairs, when all we can do is thoroughly trust the Best Repairer in the Eternity. [Glad you could "handle" the faucet situation, though.]
Jay Cookingham said…
I'm not much on home repairs but I do enjoy writing prayers. I find it soothing and uplifting. Thanks Joanne!

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