I Thirst For You – Amazing Prayer of Mother Theresa

Do you have a basic faith in God, but struggle to believe that Jesus really loves you on a personal basis? Do you believe that He knows you intimately, and wants to have a close relationship with you? Sometimes we know all these things in our head, but the truth of the matter has not made it to our hearts.

I heard an audio version of this prayer on a podcast today, and I was so moved by the words that I just had to share this with you. The text comes from a prayer developed by Mother Theresa, and is included in an excellent book, Mother Teresa’s Secret Fire: The Encounter That Changed Her Life and How It Can Transform Your Own.

I encourage you to read the words below carefully. Imagine that Jesus is speaking to you and to you alone. Open your heart to these encouraging words. Let God love you, with all your weaknesses and defects. Let Him meet you where you are and lift you higher. Print these words out and keep them close to you. Turn to them when you are feeling abandoned, defeated, or lonely.

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20)

It is true. I stand at the door of your heart, day and night. Even when you are not listening, even when you doubt it could be Me, I am there. I await even the smallest sign of your response, even the least whispered invitation that will allow Me to enter.

And I want you to know that whenever you invite Me, I do come – always, without fail. Silent and unseen I come, but with infinite power and love, and bringing the many gifts of My Spirit. I come with My mercy, with My desire to forgive and heal you, and with a love for you beyond your comprehension – a love every bit as great as the love I have received from the Father (“As much as the Father has loved me, I have loved you…” (Jn. 15:10) I come – longing to console you and give you strength, to lift you up and bind all your wounds. I bring you My light, to dispel your darkness and all your doubts. I come with My power, that I might carry you and all your burdens; with My grace, to touch your heart and transform your life; and My peace I give to still your soul.

I know you through and through. I know everything about you. The very hairs of your head I have numbered. Nothing in your life is unimportant to Me. I have followed you through the years, and I have always loved you – even in your wanderings. I know every one of your problems. I know your needs and your worries. And yes, I know all your sins. But I tell you again that I love you – not for what you have or haven’t done – I love you for you, for the beauty and dignity My Father gave you by creating you in His own image. It is a dignity you have often forgotten, a beauty you have tarnished by sin. But I love you as you are, and I have shed My Blood to win you back. If you only ask Me with faith, My grace will touch all that needs changing in your life, and I will give you the strength to free yourself from sin and all its destructive power.

I know what is in your heart – I know your loneliness and all your hurts – the rejections, the judgments, the humiliations, I carried it all before you. And I carried it all for you, so you might share My strength and victory. I know especially your need for love – how you are thirsting to be loved and cherished. But how often have you thirsted in vain, by seeking that love selfishly, striving to fill the emptiness inside you with passing pleasures – with the even greater emptiness of sin. Do you thirst for love? “Come to Me all you who thirst…” (Jn. 7: 37). I will satisfy you and fill you. Do you thirst to be cherished? I cherish you more than you can imagine – to the point of dying on a cross for you.

I Thirst for You. Yes, that is the only way to even begin to describe My love for you. I THIRST FOR YOU. I thirst to love you and to be loved by you – that is how precious you are to Me. I THIRST FOR YOU. Come to Me, and I will fill your heart and heal your wounds. I will make you a new creation, and give you peace, even in all your trials I THIRST FOR YOU. You must never doubt My mercy, My acceptance of you, My desire to forgive, My longing to bless you and live My life in you. I THIRST FOR YOU. If you feel unimportant in the eyes of the world, that matters not at all. For Me, there is no one any more important in the entire world than you. I THIRST FOR YOU. Open to Me, come to Me, thirst for Me, give me your life – and I will prove to you how important you are to My Heart.

Don’t you realize that My Father already has a perfect plan to transform your life, beginning from this moment? Trust in Me. Ask Me every day to enter and take charge of your life. – and I will. I promise you before My Father in heaven that I will work miracles in your life. Why would I do this? Because I THIRST FOR YOU. All I ask of you is that you entrust yourself to Me completely. I will do all the rest.

Even now I behold the place My Father has prepared for you in My Kingdom. Remember that you are a pilgrim in this life, on a journey home. Sin can never satisfy you, or bring the peace you seek. All that you have sought outside of Me has only left you more empty, so do not cling to the things of this life. Above all, do not run from Me when you fall. Come to Me without delay. When you give Me your sins, you gave Me the joy of being your Savior. There is nothing I cannot forgive and heal; so come now, and unburden your soul.

No matter how far you may wander, no matter how often you forget Me, no matter how many crosses you may bear in this life; there is one thing I want you to always remember, one thing that will never change. I THIRST FOR YOU – just as you are. You don’t need to change to believe in My love, for it will be your belief in My love that will change you. You forget Me, and yet I am seeking you every moment of the day – standing at the door of your heart and knocking. Do you find this hard to believe? Then look at the cross, look at My Heart that was pierced for you. Have you not understood My cross? Then listen again to the words I spoke there – for they tell you clearly why I endured all this for you: “I THIRST…”(Jn 19: 28). Yes, I thirst for you – as the rest of the psalm – verse I was praying says of Me: “I looked for love, and I found none…” (Ps. 69: 20). All your life I have been looking for your love – I have never stopped seeking to love you and be loved by you. You have tried many other things in your search for happiness; why not try opening your heart to Me, right now, more than you ever have before.

Whenever you do open the door of your heart, whenever you come close enough, you will hear Me say to you again and again, not in mere human words but in spirit. “No matter what you have done, I love you for your own sake Come to Me with your misery and your sins, with your troubles and needs, and with all your longing to be loved. I stand at the door of your heart and knock. Open to Me, for I THIRST FOR YOU…”

Despite our failures and wretchedness, our disobedience and disloyalty, Jesus thirsts for us. Let us thirst for Jesus in return, that He might give us living water, that we never thirst again. (John 4)

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  1. Dear all,
    The Lord does not want us to live in doubt. He wants us to live in his kingdom, not in the kingdom of doubt which is the other kingdom, satan’s. “If the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.” John 8;36 How do we get free of these many entangements and snares of the devil, try reading these books by Neal Lozano UNBOUND and the CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE ON DELIVERANCE MINISTRY. These are very helpful in breaking out of these mindsets that keep us from being a slave to sin. he also has a website; heartofthefather.com. He has been doing this ministry for over 35 years. He is Catholic, but this ministry is meant to be brought to all Christians for it is Christ’s name we are set free.

    full of the knowledge of how much i am loved and living in His Hope!

  2. Wow! That doesn’t seem like it’s deep enough to encompass what this article makes me feel, but I don’t know how else to say it. Bless you, brother, for posting this. I sit here with tears in my eyes wondering if my life will be different tomorrow after reading this. Maybe God worked through you to reach me. I see the hand of the Lord here. I am deeply moved. Thank you again.

    • Jem, thanks for that beautiful comment. I know when I first heard this prayer, it really touched me. Mother Teresa’s words are so inspired by the Holy Spirit. I pray those words heal any wounds you have in your heart and that God will richly bless you in 2012.

  3. Okwara Eberechukwu says:

    That’s quite a good piece in this New year. Quite suitable for me who’s almost captured by the influence of secularism today. A case whereby one instead of being contritious for sin committed, explains it away just to avoid the guilt. As such finding solace in worldly pleasures instead of in Christ our Ever-loving Saviour. Dear thanks for this post.

    • Yes, I know what you mean! Unfortunately, I think it is our human nature that makes it so easy for us to rationalize whatever our behaviors are. We don’t like change, and being a good Catholic is not easy. But, God will give us the grace to succeed if we are persistent.

  4. May I ask if you could provide a link to the podcast. That is a marvelous prayer and it would a great addition to my ipod.

  5. Believing that Jesus loves me has been the most difficult part of the Christian faith for me. Doctrine of the Trinity? Transubstantiation? Creation ex nihilo? One God in three persons? Homoousios? None of these are a problem. That, of course, is because they require nothing more than mental assent. True belief is a matter of the heart and oh so much more difficult. Thank you for sharing this. I need to read it often.

    • Agreed! Also, it seems to me that is easier for us to believe Jesus loves other people, but when we look at ourselves, whom we know so well, we assume He can’t love us. Thanks for the insightful comment.

  6. Very beautiful! Thanks for sharing!!

  7. It’s a joy to find somenoe who can think like that


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