Prayer, Plain and Simple

Last night I had the weirdest dream. Somehow I was presented with the task of disposing of a dead body. I didn’t kill the person, but somehow it became my responsibility to bury them. In my dream I was utterly confused and frustrated that this was my responsibility because I didn’t commit the crime. As I wheeled the body down the street, it became apparent to me that I couldn’t just bury the body, I needed to let the authorities know and then I they would take care of it accordingly. I woke up shortly after this wondering what it all meant. I looked it up, I asked my colleagues and I took it to Facebook. One person told me that there may be some dead weight in my life that I am letting go, one person said I may be ambivalent about dumping the dead weight that someone placed on me and one person said that I am discarding dead weight, an issue, or a burden very soon and unconciously doing so right now.

I am not really sure how dreams work in the life of the believer, but somehow, I do feel this dream is directing me to let go of some things that I have been holding onto. Hebrews 12:1 says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and that sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perserverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith…” So, even though I don’t know the exact meaning of the dream, I still submit a prayer toward stripping off every weight, particularly the dead weight, that would seek to slow me down in running this race.

Heavenly Father,

I thank you for the blessing of rest because it is in that rest that sometimes we are given dreams which show us, subconciously, the things that we need to conciously consider. Sometimes dreams show us more of the person we are and sometimes it shows us the person we aren’t and I pray that you would give us knowledge, wisdom and discernment to understand what you would have us to glean from our dreams. As it pertains to letting go of some things and stripping off some dead weight, I pray that you would help us all to recognize the people, places and things that we need to lay aside in order to more efficiently run the race which you have set before us. You sent sent your son that we might have life and life more abundantly, so let us recognize those things that have died in our lives, by your will, and let us be clear on how we must dispose of those things. Help us to be clear in recognizing what is expedient in our lives and what isn’t. Let us not hold on to anything you wouldn’t want us to hold onto. Instead let us strip ourselves of every weight that slows us down so that we may move freely in you. But let us also not get so caught up in seeing weight as people, place and things, but as characteristics in our lives that have taken shape in us. Generational curses, low self-esteem or self-confidence, an impoverished spirit, insecurities and every other mindset and mentality that is not of you. Let us free ourselves of the weight of these things so that we may be free indeed in you. Whatever the “dead weight” is in our lives, let us clearly be able to see it and strip ourselves of it so that we may enter into this life and life more abundantly which you have called us to.

In Jesus’ Name,


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