When we can’t feel the presence of God with us in prayer

I woke up early and made myself a cup of coffee.

Now I’m looking for You

in the words on a page,

in this quiet house,

in my own heart

and mind.

So far,

all I have found

is my own resistance

to Your perfect love, Your grace.

I know the Kingdom of Heaven

is around here someplace –

everywhere, really.

Sometimes it feels like You’re cradling me

in Divine Arms,

enveloping me with Light,

beckoning me to open up and absorb

who You are more freely into my soul,

Nourishment From Another World,

Peace Beyond Reason…

Even though You are above and beyond

my ability to perceive right now,

I am grateful You are here,

waiting patiently for me

to be still enough to notice,

always.

 

“The gate of heaven is everywhere.”
-Thomas Merton

“You are encircled by the arms of the mystery of God.”
-Saint Hildegard of Bingen

Psalm 46:10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Exodus 14:14 “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Psalm 62:5 “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.”

Psalm 131:2 “But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.”

When’s the last time you entered into the silence of prayer? Do you battle with thoughts and distractions in your quiet time with the Lord? Do you persevere in prayer even when you can’t feel the presence of God? Comment below, and I’ll be delighted to provide encouragement for you to stick with a daily prayer practice and keep you in my prayers.

Lord give us the desire to seek you in prayer. Help us to carve out time to connect with You in the silence of our hearts each day, whether we tangibly experience Your presence with us or not. Help us to trust in Your great love for us and believe in the the great value of spending time with you in prayer, so we are willing to persevere in good times and bad. Give us the grace to truly “be still and know” that You are God and encounter Your love in a tangible way that draws us closer to You.  In Jesus name, we pray.

 

Written by Nicky Gant for www.uniteinprayer.org 9/26/2019

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