‘But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The LORD is great!”’ Psalm 70.4
Perhaps one of the things the psalmist is trying to convey is that our faith should make a difference to us: what we hold to be true in our hearts should seep out and make a difference in all sorts of ways.
In Ezekiel 46.9, there is a fascinating passage in which the instruction is that if people enter the Temple by one gate, they should leave by another. One application of this is that the way we leave our times of prayer should be different from how we enter them. In other words, our prayers should have changed things and made a difference to us. A question we should all bear in mind as we draw towards the end of our prayer times is this: what will we take forward into the day ahead?
What insight, revelation, assurance or conviction will you hold on to throughout these next few hours? Write it down so that you can’t forget it, and then try to revisit it at different times of the day. In this way you are making sure that what you received from God really is making a difference to your day; and that you, who are seeking God, begin to rejoice in him.
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission