Letters to God

Read: Philippians 4:4-7

Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer. It is important to pray everyday of course, but on this first Thursday of May each year we are encouraged and reminded to pray without ceasing. What an incredible thing to think about; millions of people praying for their families, their church, their community, our nation, and the world. Sending out prayers as we communicate with our loving and gracious Lord.

Several years ago the movie “Letters to God” touched many people. It was the story of a young boy who continued to pour out his thoughts and prayers to God through writing letters to God and putting them in his mailbox each day. In many ways this is what we do when we pray.

Sometimes we speak them out loud, sometimes quietly, and sometime silently. Sometimes people like to write their prayers out, or speak them as they go about their day. However we pray, it is as if millions of people are flooding God’s mailbox with thanksgiving, petition, worship, and various other types of prayers.

If you have a college student you know how the mailbox gets flooded with letters from colleges as your student becomes a junior and senior in high school. The reason is that they all want your child to come to their college. Therefore they keep asking, time, after time, after time.

I recently read an article in Sports Illustrated that talked about how some college teams will send their recruits hundreds of letters in the course of trying to get them to come and play for their team. One team even flooded a recruits mailbox with hundreds of letters in one day in order to really get their attention. Imagine the poor mail person trying to deliver all of those.

But that is the kind of effort we should use when praying to God. We need to let him know our heart and share with him our praise, our needs, and our desire to see a spiritual change and awakening come over us and those around us. This passage in Philippians 4 does exactly that.

It reminds us that instead of being anxious about things in our lives and in our world, we should choose to pray about those situations. It says, “present your requests to God, and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

I don’t know how you prefer to pray, but I hope that you will. Let’s let God know that we are going to come to him instead of being anxious. Let’s not only flood his mailbox tomorrow but let’s continue to do it each and every day!

Make it personal: Make a list of specific things you want to pray about tomorrow on the National Day of Prayer. Personal things, church things, things in your community, in our nation, and in our world. Then use that list each day as you spend time praying to the Lord.

Have a prayer filled week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church