Head bowed – eyes closed . . . why? I have not answered the question: I leave it with you…
Heads bowed – eyes closed. As we try faithfully to live the Christian life, we can never escape the testimony of the saints, men and women of prayer, that prayer, whatever its form, is an essential life-shaping, life-sustaining and powerful influence in discipleship. Prayer – volumes have been written, volumes remain to be written and I am about to add to it. From this posting of my blog, and for a few subsequent issues, the pattern will change. We will on each occasion take a further and different approach to the subject of prayer. The blog will consist of a number of prayers with the minimum of comment. We may use them as we would a theological exercise, or share them in a smaller fellowship gathering as a devotional exercise. A few of the prayers are given a headline title, but this will not apply to the majority of then.
Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire, uttered or unexpressed.
A prayer for the beginning of the day
Lord, there are people we will want to avoid today and if we happen to see them in time we will cross the street or turn to look into the nearest shop window. Some people do get into our hair. Forgive us if we are uncharitable. Fortunately there are those whose company it is always a joy to share. But are we any better than those, the sight of whom depresses and annoys? Lord, we hope that when people meet us they may feel better for having been with us. May ours be a good day because we have helped to make it a nice day for somebody else.
Father God, we are a fickle people – headstrong, thinking we know best, looking back; wishing; resenting. Father God, loving, understanding; forgiving, restoring. Father God, we look ahead, hope in the heart, coping, we never walk alone. Father God, bless you, trust you, love you.