John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Have you ever told the Lord about someone else’s faults? I have, many times! After all, it is better to complain to the Lord than to take it out on your family or upon the one with whom you are irritated! Well, today, I was giving the Lord an “earful” of what I thought about a certain situation. I told Him how it was clear to me just who was at fault in that situation. After this, I went on my merry way, feeling much satisfaction after my time of “unloading” upon the Lord.
Well, it wasn’t long after my prayer time that the Lord reminded me that this year I was trying to lay aside pride…and that I had just picked it up and carried it forth happily. I was so ashamed. Later, my husband (without knowledge of my prayer time diatribe) pointed out an area in which I had done the exact same thing as the person I was “lining out” to God earlier.
The Lord scolded me sharply within my heart. He brought to mind the verse above, especially the last line: for without me, ye can do nothing. That’s the long and short of it. Without Him, I can not achieve any good thing. Without His giving me a clear mind, I could not form these words that I am writing in my mind, much less type them! Without His giving me strength, I could not even rise from my bed each morning. I cannot persuade the folks in my town to come to Christ, I can only tell them that there is a way to Heaven through Christ. The Holy Spirit does the real work. I want the Holy Spirit upon my life so that He can work easliy through me. It isn’t up to me to “save” people – though at times I do act as though it all depended upon me! Do not misunderstand – I am fully aware that we, as born again believers, have a responsibility to tell any who will listen about Jesus’ gift. But without HIM I cannot even do that!
This has changed my prayer life. I do not want to habitually read off names mindlessly to my Lord, nor do I want to be known to Him as a complainer. I want to come before Him realizing fully that I need Him, for without His help, how can I raise children who are like Him? Without Him, how can I be a wife that would be an ornament to my husband? Again, I ask, how can I do anything? The answer – I cannot. I am reminded today that I need Him. I want my prayer to be from this day forward, “Lord, I need You! In all I do, think, say, desire – I need You.”

2 thoughts on “Lord, I Need You!

  1. Mother says:

    It is admirable that you could accept your husband's reminder as accurate and repent of it. The Holy Spirit has slapped me in the face many times when I do the same thing. It is so EASY to see someone else's faults, and so HARD to see and accept my own!

    I love you.

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  2. Hi!

    I am so glad that God gave you just what you needed today. It's always a big bonus when the husband comes along and helps too!

    What a great HEART you have Valerie!

    You are doing a great job with your kids, being an awesome wife, loving and leading your ladies at church, thinking and praying for others, witnessing not only with your mouth but with your walk with and in Christ, your bible study and lastly being an Godly Woman.

    God helps us in so many ways to become just what He wants for us to be. He has and is doing a Great Work In You!

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