Cheerful Expectation

David’s prayer began: “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me (Psalm 13:1)?”

Though he still waited for God to answer, his prayer ended: “I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me (Psalm 13:5-6).

Pray with cheerful expectation.

What I learned about Prayer at Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall

When King Solomon dedicated the temple he prayed, “When a foreigner comes from a far country, for your name’s sake . . . and prays toward this house, hear in heaven your dwelling place and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to you, in order that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you (1 Kings 8:41-43).”

People who know of Solomon’s prayer come from all over come to pray at the Wailing Wall; some tuck their prayers into the wall. God sees them. He hears.

IMG_9297  But as we left the Wailing Wall, I felt grateful that God answers prayers no matter where we are. You don’t have to travel to Jerusalem to pray.

Afraid? Pray!

I like to start my days with Bible reading and prayer, so when my grandchildren visit I invite them to join me. One morning Talia (she’s three) and I read how Jesus calmed the storm after the disciples cried out to him in fear (read the story in Matthew 8:23-27).

I asked Talia, “What do you do when you’re afraid?”
Without hesitation, she answered, “I pray to Jesus.”

Our Steps are Numbered

I often check my iPhone health app to see how many steps I’ve taken. (My record so far is 21,932 steps.)

So I paused to reflect when I read this: “Does not he see my ways and number all my steps?” (Job 31:3).

I’m learning to check in with God to see if my steps and my ways have pleased him.