I don’t know about you, but I have the hardest time remembering moment by moment that the Lord is with me. I remember that He is with me after He protects me from a car accident and even when I have a good kind of blessing, but I just can’t seem to keep in touch with this moment-by-moment of my everyday living. I know full well that God wants my prayer life to be like breathing. Paul encourages me to pray without ceasing (I Thess. 5:17). I want to pray like that. I do. The problem is that my mind wanders, and I forget that I can pray at all times about all things.
I’ve been reading a lot of Celtic prayers lately; and I think they were on to something. Last week I wrote about how Celtic Christians prayed for protection. They also prayed about their daily lives. Nothing seemed off-limits for a proper prayer. Inspired by the Celtic prayers I’ve been reading and praying; I’ve found myself more aware that the Lord is with me.
Psalms 118:6-7 says,
“The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I will look in triumph on my enemies.”
For a while now, God has blessed me by helping me think about Him first thing when I wake from the night’s sleep. I practice acknowledging our relationship and the beginning of the new day. Lately, I’ve added searching the sky to catch any glimpse still available to me of the sunrise. I have begun to consider the sunrise as a personal message of God’s faithfulness and goodness to me. The best solution I’ve found to remembering to pray more and remain in touch with the fact that the Lord is with me is to let the heavens remind me to pray. When I get a chance to be outside like walking to my car, I’ve been glancing up at the sapphire dome that envelops our earth, taking in the mystery of God’s love and protection. Becoming more in touch with the heavens has reminded me to pray; it has helped me be more aware of the fact that God is with me. That same beautiful sky that has been covering me every day has become a prayer book of sorts. Monks have the privilege of called times of prayer and mainly the work of prayer. It’s so easy for us who are dealing with the daily drudgeries of life to quickly forget how to organize our lives around prayer. Brother Lawrence is most famous for teaching the same manner of prayer to everyone from monks, to rulers, to military soldiers, to housewives. He taught that thinking of God’s presence in every action of our life is practicing His presence. He admits that it often takes years to reach this kind of rapt attention to God. I’ve been trying for years and have found that paying more attention to the world God has created helps me pay more attention to God Himself.
The Lord is with you. He is right there right now as you read this devotion. You may or not be aware of it, but He is there with you. This fact teaches a truth about God—He is there night and day whether or not we pay attention to His presence or become fully aware that He is with us. It’s His mysterious presence that caused you to read on and consider this idea that has helped me grow.
I invite you to try my new prayer book. Look to the heavens as often as you can and consider the God who covered our universe with such a spectacular display of His power and might. Ask God to help you look up to the heavens and remember that He is with you. Let a glimpse into the heavens remind you of God’s flawless character. Move one step closer to remembering that The Lord is With You!