March 5, 2021

Tower of Prayer

The Lord’s Name is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and find refuge. 
Proverbs 18:10 (CEB)
We all need a friend or family member—a person of trustworthy judgment and gentle demeanor—that we can talk to when we hit a rough patch. Often we need advice; sometimes we just need to know we've been heard. To the person of faith, such a One is always close at hand, for the scriptures tell us that God listens to us, that God wants us to unburden ourselves in the divine presence.

The association of prayer with God as a strong tower is strong, and it has shown up in architecture countless times—perhaps in every church steeple in christendom. Sometimes, however, it's quite explicit, such as in the prayer tower on the campus of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. There's nothing wrong with taking the symbol of the tower of refuge literally, of course. But in reality, Christians need not repair to a physical tower, for prayer itself is our strong tower and our refuge. If we would be lifted up to the God of safety, we need only call on God's Name in prayer.

Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
 Philippians 4:6
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion
Great Burden-bearer, I bring to you my anxieties and cares about myself and my dear ones; about my body and soul; about the things of this life and those of eternity. I cannot carry them; they rob me of peace and strength. Will you take them, Heavenly Lord, and carry them for me?
 F.B. Meyer
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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