I’m becoming increasingly conscious of the direct, practical link between contemplative prayer, practicing the presence of God, and doing God’s will. To be more specific, starting each morning with contemplation lays the essential foundation for staying in contact with God throughout the day, and thus being ready to hear his promptings. Without this foundation, we tackle the day in our own strength, and on our own initiative, rather than with God, and this means we are much more likely to fail, make mistakes, and fall into sin. As the Psalmist says, “Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labour in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain” (Psalm 127:1; NIV).
* He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge (Isaiah 33:6; NIV).
* The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock (Matthew 7:25; NIV).
* But the LORD has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge (Psalm 94:22; NIV).
You are the foundation of my life,
My refuge and my rock.
Help me to start each day
By fixing my heart on you
In silent contemplation,
Then to practice your presence
Throughout the day.
How will I hear your voice,
Or be able do your will?