Safe Shelter

How might your prayer open the door to experiencing the safe shelter of God, regardless of circumstance?

God meets us in our prayer as we quiet our hearts and allow God's abiding presence to create a sense of safety within us. This may not happen instantaneously and our sometimes unconscious images of God keep us from trusting that God could actually be safe enough to be real and honest with. Yet God promises us his perfect peace as we set our minds on him and it is God's supernatural, mysterious power which brings this peace to us. Be patient with yourself as you learn to approach God in quiet confidence. Sometimes beginning our prayer with an image in our heart of a safe meeting place with God helps us find courage to begin to trust that possibility of safe shelter.

Psalm 36: 5-10 NLT

Your unfailing love, O LORD, is as vast as the heavens;
    your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.
6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
    your justice like the ocean depths.
You care for people and animals alike, O LORD.
7     How precious is your unfailing love, O God!
All humanity finds shelter
    in the shadow of your wings.
8 You feed them from the abundance of your own house,
    letting them drink from your river of delights.
9 For you are the fountain of life,
    the light by which we see.

For Reflection and Prayer:

What word, a phrase, image, or feeling shimmered as you listened? Bring it into your prayer with Jesus. Journal what Jesus says in response to you.

Reflect on a time when the Lord showed unfailing love and faithfulness to you. Savor this experience in your prayer. Allow God to expand the vastness or depth of the experience by returning to it. You may want to journal or express your experience artistically with pencil, ink or color.

Is there a situation now which you would like to bring with you under the shelter of God’s wings? One of the pictures on the table may assist you in visualizing this request in your prayer and simply staying there with God.