I am a Christian writer and speaker. I have authored or co-authored several books and my work has also appeared in numerous publications; magazines, anthologies,and devotionals including, Focus on the Family, The Upper Room, The Secret Place, David C Cook Company, Lifeway, Celebrate Life, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and many others. Visit my website at http://harrietemichael.com
This devotion was published in The Secret Place (Judson Press) in their Fall 2011 issue and a reprint will be published in The Vision (Pentecostal Publishing House) next month.
A Simple Prayer
Read: Ezra 8: 21-23
“…to seek from Him a safe journey for us,
our little ones, and our possessions.” Ezra
A new school
year was about to begin. In fact, it was to start the next day. I had been
asked to lead in prayer on behalf of the parents of this Christian school at
its before the school year prayer meeting. As I began to pray, Ezra’s prayer
came into my mind.
prayer is a very simple one, but it is perhaps my favorite in the entire Bible.
Ezra confessed that he was afraid to ask the king for soldiers to protect his
group on their journey because he had told the king that God’s hand was
favorably disposed towards those who fear Him. So, instead, Ezra called upon
the people to fast and pray.Their
prayer was for God’s protection over them, their little ones, and their
possessions.This prayer is so precious
to me. It shows me that we can talk to God about everything in our lives–even
our most basic needs.
As I led in
prayer that day, I recited this scripture. I reminded God that we, the parents
who had gathered to pray were people who feared Him. And like Ezra, we were
asking for safe journey through the upcoming school year for our “little
ones”–however big they may have become!
Father, how thankful we are that your hand is favorably disposed towards those
who fear you! Lord, thank you also for the privilege of bringing any and all of
our concerns to you in prayer!
Thought for the Day:
We can talk to God about anything!