Prayer is intimacy with God.
“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.”
For many years, I’ve been taking a verse and then writing out a prayer that reflects my heart on our sister Facebook page Trust in the Lord. These little prayers were called love notes and gradually they developed into part of our Verse of the Day here on JoyfulTimesToday.com. Because Verse of the Day is one of our most widely read and shared posts each morning, we decided to add an evening prayer to send you off into sweet slumber.
God is always listening, even when He is silent. Don’t forget that. He loves to hear your thoughts and He loves to hear your voice.
My mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.
If you’re new to prayer, it’s simply talking to God intimately. Like David’s prayers in the Psalms, our prayers can be filled with thankfulness, fear, despair, guidance, petitions for others, and every emotion I may have.
Charles Swindoll has taught me a lot over the years about prayer. He writes:
“Jesus knew His followers would struggle as they attempted to talk with God. So, in the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus gave us an illustration of how to pray. Rather than reciting His words verbatim, we can learn from Jesus’s model. His prayer included: worship, thanksgiving, a declaration of faith, confession of sin, and petition. Our Lord’s example can help us put into words what our hearts long to say to God.”1
A prayer can be as short as this:
Dear Lord, I’m feeling anxious. Please calm my heart.
Or it can be longer like this beautiful prayer of Francis of Assisi:
“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”
Prayer is life changing, so hang on for a wonder-filled, joyous experience as we talk with the Lord of our lives.
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- Swindoll, C. (2016). Prayer. Insight for Living. Retrieved from: https://www.insight.org/resources/article-library/prayer