Using simple, heart-felt, “arrow” prayers keeps our hearts connected to God all through the day.
Arrow prayers are those brief, (sometimes even one-sentence) prayers that shoot straight to Heaven and reach the heart of God. More on arrow prayers here.
Our heart cries, offered up in brief prayers really do speak to the heart of God.
While we can’t always kneel , or even bow and close our eyes to pray, God hears us, no matter when, where or how we pray.
It’s the posture of our hearts that counts.
When we come to Him in a spirit of humility, acknowledging that we need Him in every area of our lives, we have His undivided attention, whatever the need may be.
Most mornings, I feel an urge to pray before my feet ever hit the floor. Just a brief request for God to help me throughout the day, and to pour His Holy Spirit over me in everything I do.
Sometimes I ask Him to keep my family safe and their hearts on Him as they go through the day.
Other times, I just want to praise Him for a moment, for all He’s done for me.
These simple little prayers touch the heart of God and keep our own hearts tender and responsive to Him.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Paul urges us to “Pray without ceasing.”
I think this means to spend our days in an attitude of prayer, and to go into bursts of prayer and praise as naturally as we breathe.
I often find myself praying Psalm 19:14 when I only have a moment:
“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.”
My prayer life has not always been super-strong. Even now, I still go through times when it is sketchy at best. But when I bring things to the Lord as soon as they hit my heart, I find it easier to stay in tune with Him.
Some times when these brief prayers seem most appropriate are:
- When I’m driving. I do a lot of thinking when I am driving. Usually alone in the car, this is a great time for reflection and prayer.
- When I see or hear of a need, like an injury or illness. I might hear of a prayer request on social media or through the prayer ministry emails I get from church. I might not always be in a position to write it down, but I can almost always pause for a moment and pray about it then and there.
- We have a moment of silence before school each morning. This is another opportunity to start my day off right. This is a good time to pray for our school leaders and students.
- Moments throughout the day when I most need to feel His presence, I can just simply stop and ask. I know He hears!
- When I have a negative thought about someone else or a particular situation. Since to be honest, some days it seems like I have more negative thoughts than positive, I often look to:
2 Corinthians 2: 4-5: ” Since the weapons of our warfare are not worldly, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to obey Christ.”
Sometimes a simple prayer is all it takes to take hold of a mean or yucky thought and put it in it’s place! And out of our minds, where it can wreak all kinds of havoc!
There are all sorts of times that arrow prayers are so appropriate. Just like we love talking to our kids, God loves to hear from us.
And we are better too, for every prayer we pray.
We definitely need time that we set aside to pray and meditate on God’s Word and listen to His voice. But for most of us, the time we block off for our quiet time is not as much as we really need.
Arrow prayers help to fill the gap.
Whether we are working, or driving, stressing or just going about our business, we can always go to the Lord in prayer.
So often, just a little prayer, whispered deep within our souls, with eyes wide open is just what we need.