Answer me when I call, O God of my right! You gave me room when I was in distress. Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer. Psalm 4:1 NRSV

Thought

Why do you pray? You pray because God asks you to share your inmost being through prayer. You pray because God cares for you, because God is interested in every detail of your life. You pray not to enlighten God but to discern the mind of God. Prayer draws you closer to God; it deepens your relationship with God. It is a humbling moment of grief when prayer reminds you that you are dependent on God and not on yourself.

Prayer

God, you are gracious to me. I am grateful that you have given me spiritual room to grieve even as I open my heart to you in prayer. Amen.

Assurance

Prayer alleviates my spiritual weariness.

Originally published in Beyond the Broken Heart - Daily Devotions for Your Grief Journey,
Abingdon Press 2012