Sometimes, prayer is the only thing that brings me peace. I know I could save myself from the stressed out, anxious place I find myself in if I prayed just as much before things get bad, but I’m human and I will never be perfect in prayer.
I started my spring semester of college this week, and “syllabus week” means pretty much no homework, but my mind has made up for the lack of work by going into overdrive. I’ve found that it’s when I have too much free time, just hanging around by myself, that I spend too much time on my phone and I have too much time left alone with my thoughts.
Psalm 61:1-5 is the scripture I chose to reflect on this week! Here it is from the NIV:
1 Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.
2 From the ends of the earth I call to you,
I call as my heart grows faint;
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
3 For you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the foe.
4 I long to dwell in your tent forever
and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.
5 For you, God, have heard my vows;
you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.
God is the ultimate refuge, shelter, and strength, and all we need to do is ask and open our hearts to Him. In our low times, He will always bring us to “the rock that is higher”. He is the best listener, friend, and comforter, and He is always waiting for us to reach out and speak up. I’ve found that some of my most important conversations happen without words and some of my greatest peace comes in silence.
The psalms are beautiful guides for how we should pray. It can be difficult to find the words, but there’s a psalm for just about any situation and it makes them great prayers that are already written, when our own voice is hard to find.
I am continuously working on handing my troubles over to God and letting him be my refuge. He brings endless peace, comfort, and love, and those are things I can always use more of.