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Monday, January 23, 2017

Groans

“Poor little things! You can’t fly,” said the Lark.
“No, but we can look up,” said Tricksey.

—George MacDonald

" Listen to my words,” David prays, “Understand my groans” (Psalm 5:1,2).

God’s eyes are always upon us, and His ears are open to our cries. One upward glance is all it takes.

Prayer can be a groan, a wish, a ragged cry. “Groans are quick, and full of wings, And all their motions upward be; And ever as they mount, like larks they sing, The note is sad, yet music for a king” (George Herbert).

God knows more of all our needs than all our words can tell. He knows what we need before we ask Him. He reads our anxious, unscripted thoughts and turns them into prayer.

Paul put it this way: "If we don't know how or what to pray for it doesn't matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans” (Romans 8:26,27, The Message).

David Roper

1.5.17

1 comment:

Brian K said...

Thank you for this reminder. I have such a difficult time with prayer; it is boring, maybe due to its subjectivity. The objective side of bible study grips my heart more readily & realistically.
I just finished reading Stedmans sermon: The beginning of prayer. I think there is hope!