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Food for thought

On Prayer

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. (Psalm 37:5)

Grace and Peace, from God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We just finished our AGM. We have elected Betty Anne Ross and Jackie Ballance to council, looked at the budget for this year, brainstormed on how to use some money that was given to us, and we looked a bit ahead.

What will happen this year? What can we expect? Will we make wise decisions? Questions over questions. And where do we find answers to these questions?

In Psalm 37 David speaks about his life with God, and his experiences he has made with God.

Psalm 37 reminds us that life can be tough. That real-life circumstances are not ideal… often not even controllable. And David gives some advice. He suggests to boldly pray to God in all we do: Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.

Unfortunately, it isn’t as easy as it might sound. To leave our lives, and that of our congregation up to God… we find that difficult, for we believe that we should have everything under control.

But David points out that we are invited to turn to God in prayer… no matter what it is – we can bring our concerns, our joys, our questions, our gratitude, our lament, our praise before God, and trust God to hear us. We can ask God for guidance.

Martin Luther was passionate about prayer and deems it necessary and effective. He has a whole section dedicated to daily prayers basing his insights on many scripture passages.

Luther spent considerable time in prayer. And according to him it doesn’t have to be elaborate:

“[…] The Christian’s prayer is easy, and it does not cause hard work. For it proceeds in faith on the basis of the promise of God, and it presents its need from the heart. Faith quickly gets through telling what it wants; indeed, it does so with a sigh that the heart utters and that words can neither attain nor express. As Paul says (Rom. 8:26), ‘the Spirit prays.’ And because He knows that God is listening to Him, He has no need of such everlasting twaddle. That is how the saints prayed in the Scriptures, like Elijah, Elisha, David, and others—with brief but strong and powerful words. This is evident in the Psalter, where there is hardly a single psalm that has a prayer more than five or six verses long. Therefore the ancient fathers have said correctly that many long prayers are not the way. They recommend short, fervent prayers, where one sighs toward heaven with a word or two, as is often quite possible in the midst of reading, writing, or doing some other task.” (AE 21:143)

Going forward into 2018 I invite all of us to put every single day into God’s hands. To be still before God and listen to God’s voice.

You may want to start each day with Luther’s morning prayer:

“I thank you, my Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.”

For those of you who can make it: Iris and I are meeting at 8:30AM for Morning Prayer from Tuesday to Thursday. Please, come and join us.

For the season of Lent prayer stations have been set up that you are welcome to use – not just on Sundays.

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. (Psalm 37:5)

I invite all of us to pray for each other, to pray for our congregation, for our leaders, and for guidance as we continue our journey through change and many questions.

Lenten Blessings to you all,

Pastor Barbara

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