Psalm 119:121-136 (NRSV)

121 I have done what is just and right; do not leave me to my oppressors. 122 Guarantee your servant’s well-being; do not let the godless oppress me. 123 My eyes fail from watching for your salvation, and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise. 124 Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love, and teach me your statutes. 125 I am your servant; give me understanding, so that I may know your decrees. 126 It is time for the Lord to act, for your law has been broken. 127 Truly I love your commandments more than gold, more than fine gold. 128 Truly I direct my steps by all your precepts;  I hate every false way. 129 Your decrees are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them. 130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. 131 With open mouth I pant, because I long for your commandments. 132 Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is your custom toward those who love your name. 133 Keep my steps steady according to your promise, and never let iniquity have dominion over me. 134 Redeem me from human oppression, that I may keep your precepts. 135 Make your face shine upon your servant, and teach me your statutes. 136 My eyes shed streams of tears because your law is not kept.   

Matthew 21:22 (NRSV)

22 Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive.”

DEVOTION – Anita J. McIntosh (North Carolina)

Several years ago, I realized that my prayer life was in trouble.  Praying was not a meaningful part of my daily routine.  Many other things filled my days and nights.

I began to pray for God’s help.  Before long, a friend introduced me to a new way of praying through art, explaining how the use of color could brighten a person’s prayer life.  I love color, and I quickly became interested.  In time, my prayer life took on new meaning.  Some colored pens and a sketchbook were all I needed.

After much thought, I decided that the best time for my new prayer life was in the early morning.  I began to write with my colored pens the names of family and friends, scribbling designs in and around them.  As my pen was writing and coloring, I realized I was talking about the people and events in in my life and listening to God’s response.

Each page in my sketchbook became a visual reminder of my talks with God.  The key words in Matthew 21:22 – “prayer,” “faith,” “receive” – came to life.  Talking with God through color, I received the tools to revitalize my prayer life.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: How can I brighten my prayer life today?

PRAYER: Loving God, thank you for your patience.  Help us to have faith in your holy word.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: THOSE SEEKING A DEEPER PRAYER LIFE

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