Bringing Prayer to Bear on the Stuff of Everyday Life

The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it;

for the Lord has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers. Psalm 24:1

Today, with a massive snowstorm bearing down on more than 100 million residents of the United States and eight days of protest against the government of Egypt, it is likely that many of us are listening a little more closely to news and weather reports.  What better time to be reminded of the good news declared in the opening verses of the 24th psalm!

This is our Father’s world, the beloved hymn declares, and both the psalm and the hymn remind us that God is intimately connected to our world.

How might we join God in this concern and commitment?  We can partner with God through prayer.

When we read the morning or evening paper, at the end of each article, we can pray for God to grant peace, or healing, or grace, or wisdom to those about whom we have read.

When an ambulance, police cruiser, or hospital helicopter passes us, we can ask that God will work through those emergency workers to bring safety or relief.

When a friend or co-worker tells us about the illness or trouble that a friend is enduring, we can offer to pray for that person – during our devotional time or right there, in the midst of the conversation.

Because God is there – in the midst of the conversation, the situation, the tragedy, and the triumph.  When we pray even a simple “Lord, have mercy!” or “Thank you, God!”, we are aligning our hearts with God’s heart.  There is little that pleases God more than that.

May you live in God’s amazing grace+

Chrysanne Timm

Church Doctor Associate

cross-posted at http://www.churchdoctor.org/blog

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