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The Poetry of Prayer

April 12, 2018

‘Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you’ (Psalm 55:22; see also 1 Peter 5:6-7).

 

Sometimes I find

I pray in rhyme

This poetry of prayer

A response in rhythm

To the call to cast all cares.

(Correspondence © RV, 26/11/2017)

 

Just this morning I was reading Psalm 109, one of the prayer-poems that speak and sing to us from the heart of the Bible. And these words and the accompanying footnote stood out to me:

but I give myself to prayer*

*Hebrew: but I am prayer

 

I once visited Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem, and something I read there has remained with me, a stark and beautiful plea: let my life be a constant dialogue with You.

 

Prayer is not a monologue; it is a way of being, corresponding, giving and receiving, a constant dialogue with our Maker and Father in heaven, who knows and loves us more than anyone on earth ever could.

 

‘Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you’ (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

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