Introduction to Bible Prayers for this summer:
My hope in writing this collection of prayers is that it would be an aid anyone struggling with their prayer life. To be used, not as a substitute, but as a primer for the times that we yearn to approach God and cannot find a starting point.
The comments accompanying each Bible illustration come from sermons that have inspired me or my heartfelt feelings.
I hope it will help readers create the communication with God that is so essential in our lives, and that it will establish that intimate relationship that God wants us to have with Him.
Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
The universe had a beginning. Before God spoke it into creation there was no universe, no planet earth. The sense of how small we are, how fragile the earth is shows me the creator in all his power and glory. The order throughout the universe proves to me that we have a creator holding it all together. As we search for meaning we can know that there is a God in control. We are alive, a speck, in this huge universe, but we are not alone.
One clear night I looked up and really saw the stars, the galaxies. the huge universe and I felt awe. Then I read in the Bible:
“The Heavens Declare the Glory of God;
the Skies Proclaim the Work of His Hands.”
I look at our small planet. It is the size of a grain of sand compared to our universe. How can I not believe that there is a God holding it all together? Let me never forget, Lord, to stay in awe, to say WOW! At the beauty of nature, when a baby is born, how we are suspended in this vast universe. The human spirit longs to experience awe. The ability to awe is the first step of faith. Thank you, Lord, for giving us a life full of awes.
Lord, help me to be constantly aware of your presence. I want to form a habit of continually talking to you through each day. Forgive me for the times I have ignored you. Help me to reject any thoughts that distract me when I am praying.
Never let me lose the sense of your presence. I have confidence in your goodness. In the same way that you pursued me I know you will keep me always by your side guarding me from sin.
When I awake in the morning, my first thought is of you, when I lay down to sleep, my last thought is of you. Continue to bless me, Lord, I want you to be the center of my life, the anchor of my soul.
By Lissette Trahan