Diocesan Prayer Cycle - January to March 2022
I wonder if you ever feel to busy to pray! Life can be frantic and we can find ourselves spinning so many plates that the ability to be still and rest in God’s presence can be difficult. And yet, it is especially at those times that we know we need to draw close to God – to find his perspective, his peace and a confidence in his presence with us. Arrow prayers can work for a while, but as the psalmist says, our soul longs after God just as the deer pants for water. I wonder as we begin a New Year, whether we can find a particular time of day, a quiet corner in the house, a favourite place to walk, and make time to pray. Jesus would get up early in the morning to find a quiet place – what will work for us? Perhaps you can use the words of this adaptation of Psalm 23 to help you:
Psalm 23 – A Psalm for Busy People
The Lord is my Pace-setter, I shall not rush;
He makes me stop and rest for quiet intervals.
He provides me with images of stillness, which restore my serenity.
He leads me in ways of efficiency through calmness of mind, and His guidance is peace.
Even though I have a great many things to accomplish each day, I will not fret, for His presence is here;
His timelessness, His all importance, will keep me in balance.
He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of my activity by anointing my mind with His oils of tranquility.
My cup of joyous energy overflows.
Surely harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruits of my hours;
For I shall walk, in the pace of my Lord and dwell in His house forever