Some days we are able to pray with the psalmist: “In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice. In the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly”. (Psalm 5:3) We are able to pray with a calm and quiet assurance, a confident sense that our prayer is heard and we must simply “wait expectantly”. This is that “sweet hour of prayer that calls us from a world of care.”

Then there are the deeply troubled days when it seems that our heart can wait no longer. If we have words at all, there are more like “My soul is in deep anguish. How long, LORD, how long? (Psalm 6:3)

The first seems to be like heaven’s gentle reassuring breeze. The other, like a soul-shaking turbulence. But both are prayers. Honest prayers. Prayers from the heart. Prayers sure to be heard by our loving, understanding Father. But the heart of prayer is surrender. Sometimes it is the quiet surrender that is content to “wait  expectantly”. And, in the turbulent seasons of life, it is the more urgent surrender of an anguished waiting, still knowing that only the LORD is our sure help.

Prayer – In quiet confidence or a more urgent waiting, my trust is in you, O LORD. Amen.

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