Last Sunday we heard a message on prayer…prayer as trusting that we have been “found” by God.
“Prayer is not a performance, saying the right words with the right inflection and the right spiritual feeling to impress God. Prayer is not a masquerade, making a good impression on God while hiding our doubts and secret sins and innermost battles. Prayer is not even our search for God, getting to him if we pray hard enough or long enough. We have already been found by God. God is present in grace and transforming power when we pray. Prayer is coming before God with open and trusting hearts, humble and honest hearts.” That is some of what I shared on Sunday.
I asked all of us to pray our Scripture Lesson, Psalm 139, each day. Pray it in whatever way is most helpful to you. Pray it slowly, resting in a phrase, image or sentence that speaks to you. As you and I pray the Psalm each day this week, may we be deepened in our walk with our God of power and grace.
O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from far away.
You search out my path and my lying down,
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
O Lord, you know it completely.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is so high that I cannot attain it.
Where can I go from your spirit?
Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.
If I take the wings of the morning
and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light around me become night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is as bright as the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
For it was you who formed my inward parts;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well.
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my thoughts.
See if there is any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.