Invitation to Prayer
This week: Psalm 63
If you read Matthew 8:23-27, you find Jesus calming the storm. He models a God who does not panic. Consequently, we serve a God who encourages us to approach Him with our concerns. The Psalms continually remind us of who God is amid the storms of life. “The Lord is my light and salvation, whom or what shall I fear” (Psalm 27:1 NIV)?
Here are three suggested steps for prayer that serve as a template for 9am daily:
- Wherever you are, pause at 9am to be present with God. Set a daily alarm on your phone as a reminder if that helps. Ask God to help you notice what is occurring within you and what you need for the day. Be honest with God about what you are feeling. Invite God to increase your trust and ask God to meet you in the midst of your concerns.
- Bring God your concerns for others. Here are some ideas: pray for others by name, pray over other countries that are suffering, pray for our community, ask God to be with first responders and with those in the medical field who are treating others. For those who are sick, pray for their healing. Pray for those working to develop a treatment, pray for families whose incomes are affected and pray for opportunities to serve others during this time.
- Take few minutes to read Psalm 63. Pay attention to what the Psalm says about God, and what it says about you. Read this Psalm all week.
As the remainder of your day unfolds, be aware and attentive to God’s activity in the ordinariness of life. Reach out to those God has put on your heart. Call them, text them, video chat or write them a note. As an instrument of peace, provide encouragement, cultivate joy and spread hope. Your presence matters.
May you be at rest in the hands of our good God, who knows us, sees us and loves us. May this time of communal prayer be a gift that will bless you and others.
Grace and Peace,
Jon Micah Richardson, Minister of Christian Formation: Discipleship