The Prayer of Helplessness

I visited Elaine today to discover she is enduring additional health complications. I see her compromised body along with grimacing pain. I do not really have a clue how difficult her life to be or how to truly help her. However I can simply let her know I care and regularly pray for God’s intervention through her suffering.

The author Catherine Marshall shared in one of her books of an illness she once suffered. She shared that she released her pain and suffering to God. She called it the prayer of relinquishment–turning all her troubles and concerns over to Him. In her memoirs she revealed how that act of faith released God’s healing power into her life.

A prayer of helplessness can be a powerful one. In our weakness and helplessness, He is strong.

Oh Lord, in our weaknesses please help us to relinquish our pain and clothe us in Your strength! Amen.


About Our Dark Night of the Soul: Finding Solace Through Suffering

Our Dark Night of the Soul: Finding Solace Through Suffering shares the true story about a sudden family tragedy. As author of the book to be published in the summer of 2014, the true account tells of my sister being rear ended by a drunk driver. She barely survives the high speed crash being left to live as a quadriplegic. Written from a brother's perspective, the manuscript shares the heartfelt story of ongoing physical and emotional pain experienced by both victim and family. Only through God's grace can a family survive such a tragedy!
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4 Responses to The Prayer of Helplessness

  1. Earl Hicks says:

    Martin, What I read below is profound! It’s not that Elohyim will necessarily always take away the affliction entirely but that He can/will carry our pain and suffering as we release it to Him. WOW! Thank you Martin Bass and Catherine Marshall; This blog site helps! -Earl

  2. Tom Fox says:

    What a great reminder to seek His strength in all things;
    Thank you Martin.

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