Hemmed in with prayer

thumbnail_img_6121Earlier this morning I raked the last of leaves, fixed a broken storage container, and cleaned up a mess from a ripped bag of lawn fertilizer.

Then after heading inside, I cleaned up the kitchen and packed up two boxes of Christmas presents for mailing.

Heading upstairs with a pile of laundry, I caught sight of this quilted manger scene hanging in our stairwell and remembered: I hadn’t even prayed yet. Indeed, the to-do, list-making side of me had again taken over and jumped into busyness before I had taken time to give the day to my Lord.

After reading in Luke 1-3, it occurred to me that Jesus’ life was hemmed in with prayer. When Mary found out she was pregnant with the Messiah, she sang, “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Luke 1:46-47).

When Jesus was born, all of heaven sang, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests” (Luke 2:14).

When Jesus was presented in the temple, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, “Sovereign God, as you have promised…” (Luke 2:29).

And the gospel accounts are filled with testimony about how Jesus lived a praying life.

How’s your day going? Have you hemmed it in with prayer? Is prayer stitched into the fabric of your soul–that hunger and thirst for alone time with your Savior?

If, like me sometimes, you find yourself caught up in the busies until you’re emotional, overwhelmed, and exhausted, take even just sixty seconds to sit, breathe deeply, thank God, and give him the rest of your day.

Jesus’ life was hemmed in with prayer–as a newborn baby and then on his several-year walk to the cross. Allow him to stitch peace into your soul today.


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