Prayer: As Close as Can Be — Kari Browder

Guest Column by Kari Browder

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (ESV) Philippians 4:6-7

mom-child-2I was listening to a podcast recently, and the host was talking about how her daughter had been sleeping in bed with her this last week because her husband was out of town. She said that her daughter did this because by sleeping in his place, resting her head on his pillow, she felt close to him. She felt safe and slept like a baby even though they had had a bunch of really bad thunderstorms during the week. Even though her father wasn’t physically there, she got as close to him as she possibly could by resting on his side of the bed – and she felt safe and at peace.

I thought this was such a great picture of what prayer is. We know who our Father is. He’s good and strong and bigger than whatever it is we’re going through. We can tell Him all of our worries, fears, questions, requests and He can actually do something about them.

As we come to Him and pour our hearts out, just sitting with Him brings us peace. He could solve all of our problems without us coming to Him and asking, but He desires for us to draw near to Him and tell Him about all that is on our hearts.

In all that has happened this year, especially the last couple of weeks, it is so easy to become weary and fearful. We’re living in some especially dark times lately, but we have a Father that we can draw near to, and we can be confident that we will find that He is already near to us.