A friend asked that I would write what the expression "fill my cup, Lord" meant to me. In general, saying fill my cup Lord, is a request that is meant to shake the current place I am. It is a cry for the Lord's help because where I am needs change and most importantly, what I have is not enough.
Maybe my resources (joy, peace, love, self control,etc) have been depleted or are close to being gone. Or maybe I am feeling weak and none of the scriptures I remind myself of seem to be lifting me up as they usual would. Maybe my desire to be in community with other believers has dwindled. Or maybe my desire to meet with the Lord in prayer and read His word has fallen dramatically, one day without praying has turned to weeks without praying. In this time, when saying fill my cup Lord; I am saying, "Lord I need you! I need you to give me more of you. I need more joy, peace, desire, encouragement. I need what only you can give me. Would you give me more of you? I have given all I have and I need more of you, that I may keep going."
In my current spiritual place, saying fill my cup, Lord is my cry to the Lord that I have too much "me" in me. To break that down, having too much me in me means; I am too involved with myself. I am too focused on myself. I am the solution to a problem. I am the problem. I am in need of. I do not need. I have noticed how much my thought processes and actions reflect a "me" that is bigger than the Lord. As I ask the Lord to fill my cup, I am asking, "Lord fill my cup with you. Fill my cup with your word. Fill my cup with your truth. Fill my cup with your promises. Fill my cup with your guidance".
My prayer needs to be John 3:30. I should also be praying and asking the Lord to remove any pride in my heart: Lord, if there are any areas of pride I need to address and bring before you, would you show me?
It has been particularly hard for me to spend intentional time in prayer lately. I pray throughout the day for others and before going into work but aside from that, my prayers for self have been few and far between. I need to get back to intentional prayer and ask the Lord to fill my cup with more of himself.
Fill my cup, Lord!