Greetings to you in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ – THE Risen Saviour! Another late winter’s day that allows us to exercise our belief that “this is the day that the Lord has made” … and that includes cloudy skies and a damp cold breeze! I am sure grateful for the bright sunshine of yesterday! Today I will be praying for you, asking Father to shelter you in the protective warmth of his everlasting arms and to rejoice over you with singing!
This past Sunday we received a little prayer exercise and I have been using it as part of my morning devotions. Truth be told, I have been doing a form of it for some time now but it is good to have a few simple, printed directions. There is something very “revealing” about – turning your palms up before God and acknowledging what you have at your disposal, what you are carrying around with you – both good and not so good, what you truly care about, and what you focus your attention on.
And what an experience of freedom as you turn your palms down and let go of “everything” – realizing just how full your hands were with your collection of ‘stuff’. Now something I have noticed that I need to do in this part of the exercise…I need to give my hands a few good shakes because some of my ‘stuff’ seemed to be sticky and did not want to be set free from my grasp.
When I turned my hands over with palms turned up…what a feeling! “Empty hands” – ready to receive all that God knew that I needed and what He knew would make me smile and what He knew I could manage. It is a little surprising a times what He gives me – challenges and opportunities and resources. One of the strangest things He does is to put something in my hand that I have no idea what it is for…not always sure what it is. However, somewhere during my day a situation pops up and wouldn’t you know it…that “thing” that He gave me was exactly what I needed.
What a delightful prayer exercise – if you haven’t tried it, why not? Many blessings!