Room: Opportunity or Scope for Something

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Answer me when I call, O God of my right!
You gave me room when I was in distress.
Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.
(Psalm 4:1 NRSV)
The more I think about prayer, the more questions surface in my heart. What is the purpose of prayer? Is prayer something to practice or is it practicing the presence of God? Does prayer change things or does it change me?
In reading Psalm 4 today, the opening verse sheds some light on my quandary. God can be trusted to bring about right in my life. He listens. He answers. He enlarges my perspective when I am in distress. Just being in His presence is grace. When I make prayer more than an entrance into His presence, I lose sight of the purpose of prayer—communion.
God makes room for me. He invites me to empty myself, to recognize my nothingness…

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4 thoughts on “Room: Opportunity or Scope for Something

  1. I love your new look! I think all your ideas are right – prayer changes us, and it also makes a difference. It’s something to practice, and it’s practicing the presence of God. On my Spiritual Formation course this week, we learnt about the Desert Fathers – unlike some of the Saints we have covered in previous weeks they do not impart particular prayers or prayer practices, but simply exhort us to pray, and God will teach you how.

  2. Thanks Victoria! I was looking for a simpler look…I like change :0) especially the change that prayer activates in our hearts. Yes God is teaching me that to pray is to be with Him and converse with him in all situations.

  3. Hi Kel, I clicked back on the original post and found I’d commented over there at the beginning. This is still a great word. (I LOVE the new look of your blog!)

    1. Thanks Jody! I was just playing around with the reblog function and thought it was an appropriate word for this season of life. Yes I like the simplicity of this template.

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