Just a prayer away.
Author: Meliana Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)
One night I suddenly woke up at midnight and spent two hours trying to get back to sleep. Unresolved problems and burdens from the previous days preyed on my mind. Then I remembered something from one of my minister’s sermons. He said, ‘If any night you find you cannot sleep, pray. It is a privilege and gift to talk with God.’
In the silence of that night, I started to pray and tell God many things. It was very enjoyable. I talked about my family, friends, desires and plans. And when I told God about my problems and burdens, I felt as if all of them were gone. My heart felt light and filled with joy and peace. I soon fell asleep again. When I woke up the next morning, I knew that I had experienced a very special and valuable moment when I realised how close God always is to me – just a prayer away.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for always hearing us when we pray and for being with us in every situation. We pray as your Son taught us, saying, ‘Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.’