prayer is . . .

prayer is cries in the dark, hallelujahs in the light, songs in the night

prayer is praise in the pain, gratitude without gain

prayer is remembering God’s goodness,  prayer is confession and repentance

prayer is – listening, resting, seeking, searching

prayer is – waiting, watching, abiding, persevering

prayer is pleading  –  Holy Spirit interceding

prayer is calling out to God – knees bended, arms extended, palms open, fists clenched, head bowed, eyes toward heaven

we pray for forgiveness and we are taught how to forgive

we pray for abundance and we receive our daily bread

we pray for understanding and we learn to walk by faith

we pray for revelation and are told to trust in Him

we pray for our enemies and find friends where foes had been

we pray out of our fear and feel His peace that passes understanding

we pray for what we want, God gives us what we need

we pray when God is silent, when we don’t think He hears  –  we pray without words, we pray with our tears

with only a mustard seed, we see our mountains moved, by the One on the cross, where divine love was proved

Jesus says, “go into your closet and there be still, go into your closet, there to seek My will;  go into your closet where no one sees, meet with Me there on bended knees, there I will hear your silent pleas.

what you’ve asked in the dark, I will answer in the light; hastening the day when your faith will be sight.”

and so we pray  . . .   we pray in obedience to God’s word, He tells us to pray

we pray out of our need, out of our desperation, out of our fears . . .

we pray in our belief, we pray in our unbelief;  we pray out of our faith and we pray out of our lack of faith

we pray for our circumstances to change and we are changed instead

we pray to receive the desires of our hearts – but in the praying our hearts’ desires are changed

we start out praying for our own agenda but end up praying God’s will be done

we pray knowing that God is able but not knowing if He will; and it is in that place that we must join with the three who faced the fiery furnace in saying, “the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if He does not,  . . .   we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

we pray what seems good and right to us, yet remembering that His ways are higher than our ways

we pray knowing that God already knows what we need but He wants us to ask Him anyway  –  that we might grow in faith and that He might be honored and glorified in how He answers

we pray when God is silent, we have His promise that He hears – we pray when lost in darkness, in spite of all our fears

we pray when we are filled with joy, we pray when filled with pain;  we have to learn to praise Him in the sunshine and the rain

and so we pray . . .

we pray for the tangible and receive in return the intangible (joy, peace, comfort, mercy, hope, His gifts are infinite like He is)

we pray for the temporal and receive the eternal (His forgiveness, salvation, redemption, eternal life with Him)

we pray out of our worry and receive God’s peace

we pray with hearts broken over those we love, over a lost world, over the consequences of our own sin

we pray when nothing changes and the answers do not come – we pray knowing the answers may not come in our lifetime

we pray when the answer is “no”-we pray when the answer is “not yet or not now”

and still we pray . . .

We pray to the One Who knows our words before we speak them,  we pray to the One Who hears our hearts when words won’t come, we pray to the One Who knows our name and our every thought, the One Who never slumbers and always hears us

we are called to lives of prayer . . .

and so we pray  –  we pray in faith, with hope and perseverance; trusting our Heavenly Father with our prayers and with our lives

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 4:6-7)

“Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”  (Jeremiah 33:3)

“Pray without ceasing.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

sincerely,      Grace Day






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