Monday, January 14, 2013

Praying 10 minutes today: TUESDAY 1/15


Find a quiet time and place to pray... take a few deep breaths...

be still... and know that God is near...

 
A word to reflect on:   
I wait for the Lord...
My soul waits and I hope for his word.
More than sentries wait for the dawn,
my soul waits for the Lord...  
- Psalm 130





I wait for you, Lord,
   not just in these 10 minutes each day
but sometimes all through the night
   and past the dawn,
I wait for you...

I'm not even altogether sure what I expect
or what it is I'm waiting for...
   Will you appear and let me see you?
   Will you speak and let me hear you?
   Will you touch and let me feel you?
   Will you heal what's hurt and broken,
      refresh what's tired and weary,
         grant me what I pray for?

(Oh yes, Lord, I'd be very pleased 
   if you'd do all of the above!)

Still, I wait for you, Lord...
My soul waits and hopes for your face,
your word, your touch, your healing,
your peace, your gift:
I wait for you, Lord...

Sometimes I wonder:
   have you appeared and I've not noticed you?
   have you spoken a word I haven't heard?
   have you touched and I've not felt your hand upon me?
   have you offered healing I've ignored or just refused?
   have you offered joy I've turned from in self-pity?
   have you heard my prayer and given me an answer
     I'd not hoped for or expected?

I wait for an answer to my prayer.
I wait in silence, in patience, in tears,
   in fear and frustration 
      and even in anger that you're not listening -
         or so it sometimes seems...

Sometimes I wait... and then give up...  and turn away:
   "So there, Lord!  If you won't hear me,
      won't answer, won't show me -
         then I'll pray no more!"

And I wait again... 

I wait some more... 

And then I hear you call me back 
   or I return to you because your love, your presence,
      your patience with my needs and tears 
         are sometimes all I have
and when all I have is you then I have so much more 
   than all the things I wait and pray for...

I pray and wait...  for an answer to my prayer.
   More than sentries wait for the dawn,
       my soul waits for you, O Lord,
and for an answer to my prayer...

In this place where I pray today, Lord -
   let me close my eyes and see your face...
In the stillness of my prayer,
   let me hear a word of love...
Let me feel your touch upon my heart,
   and the healing your hand brings...
Lift my heart to this day's joy
   wherever you might offer it, 
      wherever it might find me...

Hear my prayer, Lord, and give me answer:
   an answer I can hear and know,
   an answer I can understand,
   an answer sure to lift my heart and heal my soul,
   an answer to my prayer...

I wait for you to hear and answer
      what my heart speaks to yours.
For whether or not I see you, Lord, 
   I know that you are here... 
Whether or not I hear you, 
   I know you call my name...
Whether or not I feel your touch, 
   I know you reach for me...
Whether or not my prayer finds joy
   your peace still seeks me out...
I know you hear each word I speak and in mysterious ways
      you never fail to answer every prayer I offer you...

In the stillness of these moments, Lord, help me trust
   that you are near, that you are here,
      and that you are hear my every prayer...
   
To ponder and pray over... 
Am I waiting for the Lord?
Is there something in particular I'm waiting for?
What spirit is within me while I wait?
Might my impatience keep me from seeing
   that the Lord for whom I wait is here?   
For what prayer am I waiting an answer?
Of all that I pray for, what is most important?
What will I ask of the Lord today?
From this prayer time, what word or phrase will I keep with me
   to carry through the rest of my day?

(After you spend some time with these questions,
   pray the reflection above one more time...)


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