During our Harp and Bowl worship service tonight, the Lord helped me to feel with the shattered heart of those who are crying out for help and can’t find their way to Him. The darkness, the cold, the loneliness, the desperation, the panic, the fear that all is lost forever. It was devastating … until He gave the answers. The prayer went something like this; I wrote this in a journal right after praying in the spirit. Abba! Lord, we can’t see you, we can’t find you, we don’t know your name. We’re trying to call you, can’t you hear us? Where are you, Father? You gave us life, we’re your children, why don’t you answer when we call out, we don’t know your name. Lord, please, hear us, don’t leave us, where are you? Lord? Father? Abba? Help us. We’re lost on a dark road. We don’t know where you are. How can we get to you? We’re outside the temple gates, we know you’re in there. We see your veil – blue, purple, red like scarlet. Lord, how do we get to you? Help us. We don’t know your name. How can we call you? Don’t you know we need you but we don’t know how to reach you? Don’t you know? Why do you turn away from us? Lord, Father God, please don’t leave us alone! Help us! Hear us! Tell us where you are. Tell us how to call to you. Tell us how to be found by you. You gave us life. Don’t you know we’re here? When we cry out to false gods and speak lies and seek after things that aren’t of you, don’t you know we’re looking for you? Show us how to come to you. Show us how to walk through the veil into your glory and love. Please, Father, don’t leave us! We’re out here! Can’t you hear us? Lord, we need you. We’re deaf, we can’t hear you. We don’t know your voice. Our throats are dry, we can’t call you. We don’t know your name. We don’t know who you are. It’s so dark and cold, Lord, and the path is so long, and we’ve wandered forever and we’re lost, and we can’t see you, Lord, please, hear us. Open our eyes so we can see your light. Open our ears so we can hear your voice and find you and run to you and know your name. Open our hearts so we can receive your love and know that you have torn the veil wide open with your flesh, and we can come to you and be your children forever. Don’t leave us forgotten, Father, don’t leave us alone. We’ve lost our voices crying out to you, Father. Soothe us, revive us, save us! Tell us your wonderful name. Teach us to cry, “Abba, Father!” *** It’s simple, really. Speak with the Father’s words of truth, that their ears may be opened. Let His light shine in you, so that their eyes are opened to see His grace and love. Open your heart, let yourself receive His love, that you may be His love for someone who is lost. Let His Spirit flow through you, that they might be awakened and revived and remember their birthright. Reach out your hand, that they will know they’re not forgotten. It’s simple. Why do we complicate it? *** Father, help us to speak Your words of truth, always. Let Your light shine in us, and Your Spirit flow through us. Don’t let us stand in Your way. Keep our hearts open to receive and give Your deep love. Give us ways to let others know You’ve never forgotten them, and You never will. In Jesus’ name. Amen. Copyright © 2009 by Janet Eriksson ***** Janet Eriksson is an intercessor, writer, and teacher in Dahlonega, Georgia. She loves conversation with friends, front porch swings, sweet tea, and spending time on lakes and rivers. The author of nine books and editor of many more, Janet blogs and teaches at Adventures with God. She enjoys volunteering with Kerri Johnson Ministries. Janet received her M. Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary.