A Portrait of Prayer – A Nana’s Love
“I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray. Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways.” (NLT)
Something happens when you come to an understanding of God’s greatness. It changes you and it changes your prayer life.
The Joy of Grandsons
This past week blew through like a whirlwind. Last Monday Emily gave birth to our newest grandson, Jesse William, and I spent much of my time running back and forth from the hospital. Along with this I also cherished some special time with Jesse’s 2-year old brother, Archie. We played some tunes on the piano, cuddled with books on the couch, and picked green beans from the garden.
Although Archie’s speech is limited he knows how to get his desires across. When he decided to attempt chalk art, he pulled the box from the closet, sat down on the porch and patted the spot next to him. I knew he wanted my attention. So I did what every nana does in this situation: I lowered myself to his level and joined him on the concrete where together we wrote names and drew pictures all over the stoop.
The Awesome Creator Bends Down When We Pray
As the two of us sat together talking and drawing I thought about the human relationship with our great and mighty God. He is so big and we are so small. Yet the awesome Creator of the universe bends down to our level when we cry out to Him.
David, the Psalmist, understood the power and majesty of God. But he also knew of His unfailing love. This prompted him to call out for help in times of need. He prayed, confident that God would answer and rescue him from all of his enemies.
Crying to God for Help in Prayer
Yet David did not approach God casually. This great human king recognized how small he was in comparison to God. He determined to live according to God’s laws and chose to humbly stay on God’s straight and narrow path. With bowed head he cried, “Rescue me, guard me, protect me, and hide me.” Even in death David was certain that he would be safe in God’s hands and find satisfaction in His presence.
The pressures of this world often threaten our peace, but when we look to the all-powerful God of heaven and behold His greatness our perspective changes. We see ourselves for who we are – sinful human beings desperately in need of divine help. When we humbly call on His name He bends down to listen. He rescues us with His mighty power. He satisfies the hunger of His treasured ones. In Him we find deliverance and rest.
God’s Great Love in Answering Prayer
Archie knows how to get his Nana’s attention. He pats the floor next to him and I willingly comply. God’s love for His children is much greater than this. He bends down and listens when we pray.
So ask God to guide, hide, and protect you. He will shower you with His unfailing love.
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