Scripture: Psalm 66
Key Verse: 20“Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me.”
Reflection: It is easy to give thanks to God when our prayers are answered the way we want. What a relief when healing occurs or hopes are realized. It is important to pray for what we want because in the process of praying we discover more about ourselves and about God. Prayer changes us.
Some people give up praying because it seems like none of their prayers are answered. They lose faith in God when their wishes don’t come true as if it were some kind of magic. Perhaps that’s the issue – how we view prayer and how we view God. If we think of God as some kind of “wish-grantor” in the heavens and not a God we can build a relationship with, then we may be regularly disappointed. It is possible to pray every day and still have the car accident, the cancer diagnosis or the job layoff. We can pray for a cure and die from a disease. We can do all the right things and still fail. We can struggle in our families, pray continually, and still not have a happy ending. Yet, the psalmist proclaims that our prayers are heard and God’s steadfast love remains. This is something powerful to hold on to.
Look back on your life and you will notice that there were times when God was answering your prayers, possibly without you knowing it. Our prayers are heard! Perhaps this may lead us to say with the psalmist: Blessed be God, because God has not rejected my prayer or removed God’s steadfast love from me.
No matter what might be happening in your life today, God is with you and hears you. Cling to this hope and God will transform your soul.
Prayer: Loving God, thank you for your steadfast love. Remind us that you will not leave us. You are above us, below us, to our right and to our left. You know our standing up and our sitting down. If anyone we know feels separated from you today, enter into their lives and assure them you are near. We are grateful that nothing can separate us from you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].