I was invited to join a Facebook prayer group the other day and it got me thinking of what prayer means to me. For some reason, I remembered a song by an old band that told of “an old-fashioned love song coming down in three-part harmony.”
This basically is what the basis of prayer should be, a desire to be in harmony with God — attuned with his will and walking in step with his ways. There are three parts in my daily prayer and I would like to share them with you.
1. Listen to God
The first thing I do is be still and be quiet for several minutes. I allow myself to come into his presence slowly and lovingly. I let the sounds of nature waking up remind me that the new day is already a miracle from God. Without saying a word, I express from my inner being gratitude to God for another day. Then I open the Bible and contemplate God’s word as if he were speaking directly to me.
Listening to God takes up a greater part of the harmony. An old hymn comes to mind:
I come to the garden alone
while the dew is still on the roses,
and the voice I hear, falling on my ear,
the Son of God discloses
He speaks, and the sound of his voice
is so sweet the birds hush their singing
and the melody that he gave to me
within my heart is ringing
And he walks with me,
and he talks with me
and he tells me I am his own
and the joy we share
as we tarry there
none other has ever known
2. Talk to God
This is when I let God know of my requests, mostly of which are prayers for others, because I believe that God already knows my own needs. I have a prayer journal wherein I list down prayer items that are requested of me and this is the time I open the journal. Remember that prayer is attuning one’s self to his will and not the other way around.
Prayer is the burden of a sigh;
The falling of a tear;
The upward glancing of an eye,
When none but God is near
3. Sing to God
I believe prayer is never complete without worship. And I worship God through singing. I awake the dawn with singing. It doesn’t matter whether I believe I have a good voice or not. My voice is not as important as my heart.
And I sing because I’m happy
I sing because I’m free,
For his eye is on the sparrow,
And I know he watches me
Prayer. It’s not an activity. It’s a melodious encounter with God.