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A Prayer for The Empty

Dear friends,

Last week when we gathered here, we dared to talk about those “empty seasons” that can leave us stumbling and sad–

Those times when our optimism grows dim or our ambitions drain dry; when our dreams draw a blank or our best intentions leave us hollow.

And we reminded ourselves that empty does not always mean hopeless.

And barren does not always mean broken.

In fact, sometimes our weak and empty spaces can become a consummate canvas for Heaven’s holy hues.



And after we’d just laid it out there, admitted how hard those empty seasons can be, I invited you to share your greatest prayer for the new year.

Oh, friends, those prayers were bold and beautiful, heart-breaking and hopeful. They were real and vulnerable. Painful and powerful.

And, honestly, they drove me to my knees.

I know it’s been rather quiet here at The Overflow since we shared those new year’s prayers, but I imagine it’s been noisy around the throne of Heaven.

‘Cause before I could write any kind of response to all those prayers, I knew I needed to take them to Jesus.

So, I’ve been crying out to our mighty Savior on behalf of all of us–(and I’m guessing some of you have been, too.)

I’ve been praying for you by name, sweet sisters, interceding for each and every one of you who left a comment and a prayer request last week.

I’ve begged Jesus to ink His love across your emptiness, to scrawl His hope across your hopelessness, to do a mighty and wondrous work in your lives in 2016.

And I’m expectant for all of us, because I know our God is faithful.

I don’t know what kind of story He’ll script across your empty places this year, but I know that He is the Author of Life.

And He able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20)

One morning as I prayed for you, the sky birthed snow that drizzled and danced and transformed my backyard into a colorless canvas of quiet beauty.

And I penned these humble words across the stark white page of my prayer journal…

A prayer for me.

And maybe for you, too?



A Prayer for the Empty

Here I am, Lord.

Empty and drained,

But I offer my all

to bring praise to your name.

My soul is your canvas.

My surrender your pen.

Write a tale for your glory

From beginning to end.

Ink my heart with the scrawl

of your fathomless grace;

Let my life bear the marks

of  unshakable faith.

Imprint every moment

With your promises true,

So the story of me

Tells the story of you.




12 thoughts on “A Prayer for The Empty

  1. Robyn burr

    My prayer requests are 1) my daughters salvation and deliverance from alcoholism
    2) healing for my body and to be back in the gym. The devil attacks me in myweakest area ( health )
    3) return of my 7 year old granddaughter to our side of the family.

    January 15, 2016 at 5:43 pm
    1. Alicia Bruxvoort

      Robyn, I am praying boldly for you, your daughter, your precious granddaughter. May Jesus heal, redeem and restore in 2016.

      January 18, 2016 at 11:07 am
  2. Amy Carrill

    Girl, you bless me. Your prayer and the beautiful heart behind it have left me thoughtful and prayerful. I love you!

    January 15, 2016 at 6:23 pm
    1. Alicia Bruxvoort

      So glad we get to pray our way through life together, Amy! Love you, too.

      January 18, 2016 at 11:06 am
  3. lc

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I so appreciate your love and dedication to pray for me and others!♡
    May God bless you and your family richly in every way.
    Much love,

    January 16, 2016 at 4:28 pm
    1. Alicia Bruxvoort
  4. Just beautiful Alicia.
    I so love your heart.
    Thank you.

    January 16, 2016 at 9:35 pm
    1. Alicia Bruxvoort

      And I LOVE your heart, Kathy! Thanks for all the times you’ve lifted ME to the throne.

      January 18, 2016 at 11:05 am
  5. Ify

    Thank God for giving you the grace to pray for others . My request is for my son’s salvation, that he realizes that he’s a covenant child.

    January 16, 2016 at 9:36 pm
    1. Alicia Bruxvoort

      I’m joining you in that prayer!

      January 18, 2016 at 11:04 am
  6. Alicia,

    Beautiful post and I could almost picture God carefully covering one canvas to show us another. Something he loves to do.

    My prayer would be for wisdom in knowing how to stay in the present with my granddaughter, Olivia. She is now one. One year here, even though we were told she would probably either die before birth or die soon after. Trisomy 18 is the cause. But God. So we are praising the Lord and yet, there is this part of me that is still fearful for when she does go on to Jesus. I want his wisdom in knowing how to stay in this present moment. It’s just that I’ve had so many losses, my mind has played out hers as well. Thanks Alicia. Olivia is showing us how to live.

    January 22, 2016 at 7:15 am
  7. Michelle Bills

    Thank you for this prayer, for your prayer. You are a blessing. Praying for you tonight.

    January 23, 2016 at 10:14 pm

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