June 11

This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord, and was saved from every trouble. Psalm 34:6

If we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the requests made of him. 1 John 5:15

I know that prayer is important and vital. But I have to admit that I struggle with this at times. I know that we are called to it. I know that it is central to who we are as believers. I know that prayer is powerful. I know all of those things. But when I stop to think about the God of this universe, the God who created everything we see, everything we experience, everyone we interact with, things that are far beyond what we could ever understand or have any hope of understanding. When I think about God loving me enough to take the time to listen, when I take what in my mind are sometimes trivial concerns, that blows me away. I mean absolutely beyond a shadow of a doubt blows me away.

How could the God of the universe care about me and what concerns me? And even if He does care, how could He have the time to respond? And even if he does care and wants to respond, here’s the big question, how can He listen to all of us at the same time? I mean, think about that. I used to be pretty good at multi-tasking, (not so much anymore). I mean that is like multi-tasking on only a level that God could understand because how could He listen to all of our needs and all of our prayers, all of our concerns, all of our joys at the exact same time? Scripture tells us He can. Scripture tells us He does. That He hears us when we pray. That He hears us when we cry. That He hears us when we say thank you. The question before me and all of us is, do we believe it and…. ………….do we live it?

“Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.”   Søren Kierkegaard

Thank you, God, for saving me from my recurring troubles with fear, meaninglessness, black and white days, haunting loneliness and rebellious energies. I regret those times when I lose my trust in you and forget that in the noise of my need you still hear me. Help me to believe you’re continually healing me in body, mind and spirit. Amen.

Peace,

Susan Hanson