5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Stretching our hearts out to God. Nouwen’s thought is that it is not us that prays – it is the Spirit of God that prays through us.
Today’s Bible quote fits with this. The Spirit of God prays through us when we surrender ourselves to God we can always reach out to him, however broken the world around us is. How can we understand God if he is truly in us and is all-knowing? It just isn’t possible with our finite sized brains. Yet what we can see of him reassures us if we but let him do so. As we hear in almost every blessing at the end of a Common Worship service “The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord…”
Today’s prayer asks us to pray that our world is opened out towards God, and likewise that the world of those who have never had the chance to know God. Perhaps this is a good prayer for me to hold close tomorrow on the feast of the Holy Innocents remembering the TV footage of Syrian orphans?