The fewer the words, the better the prayer. Martin Luther
Too often, when we take time to pray, we spend it all on telling God our problems, and our desires. Seldom do we stop—-in total silence and wait to see if we can hear God’s voice. We are so good at talking and not listening.
Prayer: Oh Lord, quiet our minds and our mouths. Remind us that we find you most in silence. Help us to close out the noises of our busy lives and sit quietly and wait. AMEN
Men are not flattered by being shown that there has been a difference of purpose between the Almighty and them. Abraham Lincoln
We are good at going our own way. We plan without listening for God’s wisdom and then wonder what went wrong. Maybe we should listen first and act second. God may have a different plan.
Prayer: God of patience, you must grow tired of our strong-mindedness and willfulness. Help us to spend time with you in prayer and to be still and hear your voice. AMEN
When something goes wrong in our lives we often either feel guilty if we see ourselves as responsible or we blame someone else. Neither position helps us. The only things that helps is to take the problem to God. If we are truly responsible then God will forgive us. If we hold anger or resentment God will help us to see that love is more important. No matter what…take it to God
We pray to God for many things. We pray for others, for health, about out daily lives. The list is too long to list. Sometimes our prayers are answered but it is not the answer we wanted. The answer can make us question how our beliefs. That can be scary. Don’t worry. Those answers will cause us to grow in the knowledge of God and his ways.
Where do I seek you?
I say that I seek you
in all I do
But I look
in the noise of mindless music
in the television’s continuous voice
I hunt for you
by being in charge
by filling each moment
by running away
I don’t stop
to hear you voice
When I am lonely
When I am sad
I cry to you
but when things are good
the need disappears
and I don’t seek you
And then I don’t
listen for you
to answer my cry
©Suzanne Boyd 1997
On of my favorite songs during this season is Mary did you know?
Listen carefully to the words.
if Mary ever wished
that her son could walk an easier path
how she learned
to accept things as they were
if it’s different
if you’ve heard an angel speak and listened
©Suzanne Boyd 2018
7 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
8 I keep the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
The Lord does give us counsel. However, we do have to listen and then act. His counsel is immaterial if we chose not to act on it. Have you ever woken in the night with someone on your mind? Someone random? I have and I finally got the idea to pray for that person. I had no idea why. As far as I knew there was no problem. Later on I would find that the person needed prayer. I am not always that good at listening but I know that I must pay attention and hear when God speaks. It is not always easy. “Be still and know that I am God.”
Intimate God, you know us well. We don’t always pay attention or follow through. Help us to be still and listen. AMEN
6 The promises of the Lord are promises that are pure,
silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
purified seven times.
We can count on the promises that God has made. We also have to understand that there are some things he did not promise. Life will not be perfect but God did promise to be by our side through it all. His strength will be our strength. His promises are never forgotten.
Faithful God, help us to feel your strength in times of trouble. Remind us that you are faithful. AMEN
My daily meditation will be on the Psalms for a while. I hope you find this meaningful.
Psalm 1 verse 1 from the NRSV
Happy are those
who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
or sit in the seat of scoffers;
I was struck by the word “scoffers.” How often do we put down the ideas of others without really considering them. Sometimes we are not rejecting the ideas but the people themselves. We do not even hear them out or consider what they would mean. Think about this attitude and hear others out.
Gracious Lord, help us to listen with open mind and heart and not scoff but HEAR. AMEN