The Benefit of Prayer

This morning I woke up early. Joyce was still peacefully asleep; she had a busy day yesterday cleaning floors and polishing furniture (“tweaking” as she goes along), so I made the coffee. I am sitting on the back porch with my first cup, Bible on my lap, asking God to let His Word speak to me. Soon the birds will be up singing their cheerful songs, thankful that I filled their feeder last night. I am meditating on Psalm 25, and I have decided to jot down some of the benefits of being able to talk to the God of the universe personally.


I know all the familiar ways people say they talk to God; standing, kneeling, sitting, hands raised, head bowed, etc…all examples of people praying in Scripture. And we know we are commanded to pray, but like children many times we don’t like to be told what to do. It smacks of duty. So, we forget that prayer is a gracious benefit given us by a loving Father. Let me mention a few things it does for me. I can confide in this friend about everything; my insecurities, personal failures, questions that I don’t have the answers to yet…things I may not feel comfortable talking to anyone else about, even my closest friends. I count my new blessings and remember the old, really too many to mention, but it lifts the time I spend with Him out of the ordinary to a place of great joy regardless of my circumstances. And one of the most caring things I can do for those I love is to take the time to talk to God on their behalf, asking Him to bless them and give them guidance for what is going on in their lives. This is not wasted time! In fact, I feel so blessed for this privilege.

The result is a peace and contentment that comes from talking to my merciful Father in heaven who will guide me through the day. I quietly pray, “Lord, help me to keep my mind focused on you and your mercy to me today.” Christian, I do not know what is going on in your life at this time, but whatever it is, I know sincere praying will leave you with a better perspective on it.

Now as I look out the window, Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal are at the feeder. I hope Joyce gets up soon to enjoy their singing while I have my second cup of coffee.

“Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day. Remember, O LORD, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindness, for they are of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; according to your mercy remember me, for Your goodness, sake, O LORD.”
Psalm 25:4-7