Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Pray Your Heart

Do you ever approach prayer with so many whirling thoughts you don’t know where to begin praying? Romans 8 invites us to pray even in those moments, knowing that the Holy Spirit himself will interceded, will lift our prayers to God even when we merely pray with our joy, or sorrow, or hope. In those moments God will come near and meet us where we are.

There is a spiritual practice where you begin your prayer time by praying your emotions. There doesn’t need to be clear thought, only the clear intention to meet God. It begins with a jumble, and ends with clarity. Being in God’s presence, lifting up the cares of the day, the stresses and necessities of life. It is choosing to unravel the tangled threads of your life in God’s presence and allowing His light to bring clarity.

In this exercise remind yourself of God’s promise to come near. This knowledge is the foundation for communication with God. A promise that will help you remember is Jeremiah 29:12 and 13, “Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Repeat the promise, then lay before your God the deepest desires of your heart. Present to Him the worries that seem to plague you, the plans you have for the future… Whatever is in your heart put it before God so His presence is a part of your desires, your worries and your plans.

Through lifting your emotions to God you may be moved to draw, to paint, to write in a prayer journal. All of these are ways of lifting your heart to God. You may want to create an expression of your emotions during your time with God. In this time the dialogue in your head, and planning, turns to prayers as you communicate with God what you are feeling. Here you can express anything and know that God is listening.

End with a move to hope. It is time to repeat a promise text. Perhaps you have a Bible promise book that you can open, or you might want to google scriptures of hope. You might even turn to that much underlined scripture in the Bible that always brings you comfort. Begin to read the words of comfort God placed in His Bible. These texts will remind you of the hope and the future God desires for all His children. That God wants you to be whole, and well, and strong. And that until you get to that place, He will never leave you or forsake you.

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