May I learn from you, who are Truth, and apply the ear of my heart to your mouth, that you may tell me why weeping should be so sweet to the unhappy. Have you—although present everywhere—cast our misery far away from you? You rest in yourself, but we are disquieted with various trials. Yet unless our weeping reached your ears, we would have no hope. How do we pluck such sweet fruit from the bitterness of life, from groans, tears, sighs, and lamentations? Is it the hope that you hear us that sweetens it?
—Upper Room Spiritual Classics: Writings of Augustine, Edited by Keith Beasley-Topliffe (Upper Room Books, 2017)
What trials are prompting you to cry out to God? What hope do you find in knowing God hears you? Join the conversation.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
—1 Peter 3:12 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Try this suggested prayer practice this week:
1. Sit comfortably, close your eyes, and remember that God loves you and you are in God’s presence.
2. Imagine God calling you by name, asking “(Your name), what do you want?”
3. Answer God honestly with whatever word or phrase comes from deep within you.
4. Call God by name, a name you frequently use for God.
5. Combine your name for God with your word or phrase to form a brief prayer that flows smoothly.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
Let’s join together and pray for our divided world. Post—or respond to—prayer requests and praise reports on The Upper Room Prayer Wall.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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