Because we fall

It’s because we fall down.

That’s why we say it:

Lord, have mercy!

It’s the most frequent prayer made in the Bible.

And it’s what we need the most. The Lord’s mercy. Because we scrape our hearts and we trip on nothings and we know it’s dark.

So we cry out, “Lord, have mercy!”

And the miracle is: He does. He always has mercy on us.

Maybe we see it immediately. Maybe it takes more time. Maybe we still haven’t seen its fullness.

But as sure as we fall, just as sure as gravity never fails, Jesus never fails either. He will pick us up if we ask him to.

He’s far more faithful than we are. And when he promises mercy, he gives it. We just need to ask for it.

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22 thoughts on “Because we fall

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I’m getting lots of what I need this morning, too, as I read all the different perspectives on “fall.” The Lord DOES have mercy on us indeed, yes? Thanks for stopping by, Cindi.

  1. Amy P Boyd

    We recently had a visiting pastor say over and over, “God can do anything but fail.” The knowledge that He will never fail is such a comfort when we feel our world is falling apart.

  2. Mia

    Dear Lisa
    I think that after we have fallen thousands of times and come to the end of ourselves, we are at a good place, for only then can we not only ask for mercy, but also admit that we don’t have what it takes to save ourselves and admit that only He can! And doing just this gives Him great pleasure.
    Much love XX

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Amen, Mia. It’s humbling, but when we’re on our knees, we show off his strength the most. Pleasure for him, and pleasure for us because we get great help. You always inspire, my friend! Thanks!

  3. Beth

    “But as sure as we fall, just as sure as gravity never fails, Jesus never fails either.”
    What wonderful words to begin the morning. A reminder that was needed. Thank you.
    Blessings to you,

  4. Lynn Severance

    Lisa, your sharing reminds me of the promise in Scripture that “his mercy is new every morning”.
    That would mean from morning through the day and all the way to the next morning!
    For surely, I am needing it ( as we all do ) and Him at all times!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      A great truth to remind us of, Lynn. “Great is his faithfulness” follows next in my mind when I think about his mercies being new every morning. So glad he’s a generous God!

  5. Rhoda

    One of my favourite verses in the Bible is Proverbs 24:16 ‘For a righteous man may fall seven times
    And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity.’ When I read that it was like a light turning on – it’s OK when we fall down because we just get up again! Praise God for His amazing mercy that pardons us again and again! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Pamela

    That’s where our trust come in, isn’t it? Trusting because the fullness hasn’t come, but knowing it will–and we’ll understand. So encouraging, Lisa. Thank you.

  7. Janis@Open My Ears Lord

    Lisa, I’m amazed at your wonderful stream of thoughts in only 5 minutes. I tried it for the first time on Friday~and it wasn’t easy. But I’m stopping by from Spiritual Sundays and I love the thought of always saying, “Lord have mercy” when we fall or we are in the dark. And the fact that He does have mercy but manbe not in our time.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thanks, Janis. That 5 minutes goes very fast, doesn’t it? I cringe a little to publish something so quickly, but that’s the rules. 🙂

      I’m reading a new book right now called “The Mercy Prayer” and it really has me thinking even more about “Lord have mercy.” It’s a prayer I’ve had to say often in my life and will continue to say many times more, I’m sure! So thankful the Lord always hears and responds.

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