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Herra, neuvo minulle tiesi, että noudattaisin sinun totuuttasi. Ps. 86:11

Blog: About praying

in English 11.7.2016 14:36 | Päivämies-verkkolehti
"So it was. People prayed a lot for their country then, and God heard their prayers and protected our land.” The elder’s gaze is open and confident, backed up by experience. Sunbeams play on the rugs on the floor. Pictures of children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren line the bookshelves. Her gaze sweeps over the pictures, and the silence that follows seems to carry untold memories, some heavy and others lightened by joy.
”But who is praying for the country or anybody now? People are only concerned about their own interests.” There is a touch of anxiety and sorrow in her gaze now. ”You are young, do you ever pray?”

Being called young makes me smile to myself, but I pause to consider the question.

Yes, I do pray. My prayer is seldom outwardly visible or even conscious to myself. It need not be, either, and that is good. It is good to remember that God knows our needs and will hear even our wordless sighs. I remember my mother talking about a golden vessel where our prayers are like pearls before the eyes of the Heavenly Father. It was comforting for the child to think about that pile of shining white pearls in a beautiful bowl, the things our mother had said to the Heavenly Father on behalf of us, her children!

I have also experienced that God hears our prayers. Time and time again. He has given me strength in the midst of distress and has helped me to see ahead. He has given me someone to walk by my side when I have needed that. He has not given me things that I have not really needed. He has not always responded right away or in the way that I expected. But then, He is much wiser than I am.  

I remember a situation many years back, when I had left my small child with a surgical nurse for major cardiac surgery. At the same time as I left my child, I also left behind a year-long burden of worry and anxiety. God gave me a powerful feeling that people were praying for us. That many familiar, dear people at home were praying for this very child and all of us. We were surrounded by angels.

It is good to pray. I have often been grateful to know that I can share with God both my unspoken agony and my gratitude. That He has not abandoned us but is present in our everyday life, taking care of us. Even when we are too busy with the hullabaloo of daily life to remember it. We should also be grateful that He is still present among His children and wants to protect our home land and our life here.

The golden bowl is still before God’s eyes in heaven and the pearls are in it.
 
Inkeri Heikkala
Translation: S.-L. Leinonen

The blog post was published in Finnish in online Päivämies on 10 July 2015.

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