Living on a Prayer

“Prayer is a refusal to live as an outsider to my God and my own soul.”

-Eugene Peterson


Jon Bon Jovi’s classic, “Living on A Prayer,” pretty much sums it up for me. Invisible to the outside world, we each carry around our own sack of worries, fears, and deep hopes. Sometimes it can feel like we are holding up the whole world at our heart’s center.  At any given moment, I am worrying about a parent, a child, a husband, a sister, a friend, a church member, my work and finances, the state of the world and the state of my soul. How quickly I can become tangled on the inside. No peace. Frederick Buechner said, “Joy is knowing, even for a moment, that underneath everything are the everlasting arms.” As you see in the picture above: Even in the grit, God is reaching out to us.


Sometimes we just need reminding that we don’t have to go it here on our own. God is with us. Prayer is God’s invitation to exchange our burdens for sublime peace. Lean in!


Dear God, Where am I? Where are You? Please close the distance. 


The whispering of prayers will be my and your salvation.

Living on A Prayer

Holy and Loving God,

I am calling out to you from that most intimate and secret place of my being,

yearning to touch the hem of Your robe,

and feel Your mysterious power ripple through me.

The truth is I am vulnerable.

I hurt.

I doubt.

I hope.

I need You.

Today would you tuck me under Your Wing?

And I would find again my grounding and peace.


  • janemccracken

    March 20, 2023 at 6:35 am

    So Lovely just like you just like Jesus!!! XOXO

  • Jade Forlidas

    March 20, 2023 at 7:22 am

    A perfect prayer and meditation for today, and every day… thank you, Farrell.

  • Sallye Galloway

    March 20, 2023 at 9:35 am

    I needed this. Thank you.

  • Diane Tucker

    March 20, 2023 at 11:29 am

    Sweet Farrell, perfect prayer for today! Hugs!

  • Peggy Walker

    March 20, 2023 at 11:51 am

    Beautiful. Just what I needed today.

  • Adi Amar

    March 21, 2023 at 7:55 am

    Beautiful prayer ! Love you Farrell.

  • Courtney Bandy Manatt

    March 22, 2023 at 8:16 pm

    Thank you for your blog!!

  • Polly Keith

    March 23, 2023 at 7:45 am

    Oh I love the Buchner quote. Sometimes it’s that one moment that makes all the difference. Hugs.