In an old book of prayers, I discovered this list. As I read it, and pondered them, I felt like I had been given a giant pile of treasure. And I want to share the wealth with my friends.
The idea of “arrow prayers” maybe novel to you. I, myself, am a pure novice on these things. I often see the tremendous value, without the real commitment to live it out. I often aspire, but do not attain. (Lord, have mercy on me.)
Arrow praying is identified by a short, piercing exclamation. It has little flourish, and zero frills. Religious people will often not see their value. I’m convinced that believers with a broken life will understand. Broken people will often pray things that the Father hears. We do pray, but short and to the point. That is good.
“And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.” Luke 1:38
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:14
“Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:” Luke 2:29
“And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” Mark 9:24
““Save me, Lord!” he shouted.” Matthew 14:30
‘ ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’” Luke 18;13
“Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” Luke 23:42
“Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.” Luke 24:29
““Give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.” John 4:15
“Sir,” they said, “give us that bread every day.” John 6:34
“Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life.” John 6:68
“Lord, your dear friend is very sick.” John 11:3
“Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” John 14:8
“Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee.” John 21:16
“My Lord and my God!” John 20:28
“Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!” Revelation 22:20
These are all prayers, hidden in something direct and cool. These words which are sudden and aware, and press us into a special sensitivity of godliness. Our own cries, will ride need to ride piggyback on these certain cries, and right into the heart of God.
Let us turn, as much as we are able, to the One who heals the flawed, and all those who are crooked. He loves us constantly, even when we are confused by our twistedness. I tell you, He keeps reaching out for the ungodly, for His glory and by His grace.
kyrie elesion, Bryan
(Lord, have Mercy on us, the sinners.)