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Prayer

Prayer

When thou saist, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek. Psalm 27:8


Read Psalm 27

Have you ever heard the expression: Prayer is speaking to God? Because of this, we require a moment of silence at mealtime. I’m sure that when you were young your parents often said: Be quiet, close your eyes and fold your hands. You were probably also taught to pray on your knees before you went to bed at night, either in your own words or by reciting a well known prayer. And if God some day gives you children, you must also instruct them to pray.

Yet the question remains: How are things with you in this regard today? Do you say a quick prayer before a meal, and quickly jump into bed at night without second thoughts about prayer because you are so tired? Maybe you say a few words under the covers as you warm up, before you fall asleep. Hopefully things are different in your life!

There once was a father who was very concerned about his son. Was he living uprightly? Did he have good friends? Did he go to places where he did not belong? This father finally made the decision to have a heart to heart talk with his son. He made his way up the stairs to his bedroom. Instead of barging in unannounced, he very carefully peaked in. Through the crack of the door he saw his son on his knees in front of his bed, praying. The scene stirred the emotions of this father so deeply that the planned discussion was not needed that night.

In Psalm 27:8 we read the following words: When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek. Is that also true of you?


Thought: What do you think is more important: prayer itself, or the posture of prayer?


Psalter 72: 1,2 (based on Psalm 27) Lord, hear me when I pray, And answer me in grace; Oft as I hear Thee say, Come ye and seek My face, My heart and lips their answer speak, Thy face, Jehovah, will I seek. Hide not Thy face from me, In wrath turn not away, My help and Saviour be, Forsake me not, I pray; Should father, mother, both forsake, The Lord on me will pity take.

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