By Ginny Jensen 

Most people these days can be grateful for being at home. For some, they may
be “stuck” someplace else. They, like Daniel in the Old Testament, have an added amount of discomfort.

Daniel was in exile, taken to Babylon. Nothing was normal for Daniel and his fellow exiles.
Daniel remained faithful to his prayer time. He continued even after the king’s decree. Prayer is
never more crucial than at times like these. We serve a God who hears; he knows, and he is in control.
The Psalms offer examples of prayers of lament. Honestly tell the Lord how you are feeling; what your
struggles are; even if in anger. Honesty in prayer is the beginning of growing deeper in our conversations
with God.

What are the prayer practices that keep you focused on the Lord? If you are looking for ways to
get started or to deepen your conversations with God, consider praying differently than your normal
pattern.

  • Write out your prayers instead of speaking them.
  • Choose to use prayers written by others.
  • Use Scripture as your prayer.
  • Establish a breath prayer; one that you can say in one breath, repeating it
    throughout the day.

In his book, A Praying Life, Paul Miller says,

“Anxiety is unable to relax in the face of chaos; continuous prayer clings to the Father in the face of chaos.”

Father, we cling to you today. Amen

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