Robin J Johnson
Sometimes the funniest little things we say can become the most profound and influential statements.
I am sure we all have had moments that we would rather forget. Those words that just bounded out of our mouth; we spoke before engaging the brain. We all know how embarrassing that can be and sometimes quite detrimental.
However, there are also times when, almost by accident, we say something and it is a jewel. Where it came from we’re not too sure, but we are always happy to take the credit for it.
One such moment for me was when these words came out of my mouth. “Me too!”
Many years ago I was teaching somewhere and drew attention to the multitude of prayers that are found throughout the Bible and I said, “If you don’t know how or what to pray, find a prayer in the Bible, read it aloud and when you get to the end cry out to the Lord and say, ‘Me too, in Jesus name.’”
One example is found in Psalm 119. We see there it is a heart cry of the Psalmist praying to the Lord, but this is also a great prayer for us to adopt and cry out, “Me too!”
I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands.
Turn to me and have mercy on me, as you always do to those who love your name.
Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
Redeem me from human oppression, that I may obey your precepts.
Make your face shine on your servant and teach me your decrees.
Psalms 119:131-135 (NIV)
“Me too Lord!”
One day I met an old friend that I had not seen for several years as we were ministering in different parts of the world. She said to me, “I stole your line.”
Thinking what line did I have worthy of stealing, I asked the question, “What line was that?”
Her reply, “The me too prayer.”
She went on to share that it had sparked something in her imagination and how she had also used this line on different occasions when teaching on prayer in other parts of the world.
We laughed together over the simplicity and impact of one little statement.
I acknowledge there are numerous daily devotionals available. Many good books on prayer and books showing us how to pray Bible prayers, etc. I have never been big on praying other people’s prayers, following daily prayer guides where one person has written down their thoughts and ideas. Not to say these are not good, but it is just not something I have really connected with.
While you read the Word ask the Holy Spirit for His inspiration. As we are often taught, prayer is a personal and intimate communication with our God. When I tell my wife I love her and how I feel about her, I don’t do it from a book. It comes from my heart.
So also should be our communication and prayer with our God. Let it flow from the heart. Whether it is a victorious affirmation or a desperate cry for help, just let it flow from within. In fact the Lord already knows what is in our heart, He is waiting for us to convey it to Him.
We must look to the Holy Spirit for His inspiration and instruction. He’s most familiar with and knows the will of God far better than all of us.
A few years ago I spoke at a church in Malaysia and they titled the three days of meetings; “The God Who Answers Prayer is our God.”
Yes, without a doubt, He is the God who answers prayer.
And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him.
1 John 5:14-15 (AMP)
Even simple prayers prayed with sincerity and faith bring results. However, in those moments when it’s hard to pray or find the right words, turn to the Word of God, the Psalms are always a place of inspiration.
Put yourself in the place of the writer and then remember to simply add…….
Me too, in Jesus’ name!