‘The 7 dance steps of prayer’ (Part 7)

Who are you looking out of your window with?

This last, and maybe the most wonderful step in this dance, is that when we look out of our window we do so knowing we are never alone.

When we look out of our window we are never alone, because we dare to believe not that God is merely with us but that he is in us. What was spoken about the Temple in the Old Testament found its fulfilment in Jesus and it is now further fulfilled in all who believe in Jesus.

When we look out of our window we are never alone, because God is looking out of the window through our eyes too. Thus all that we feel, all that troubles us, all that we rejoice over, all that we delight in, God does so too. This is why it is called quiet prayer. For when we look out of our window we praise God for all of his goodness to us, we thank God for how our lives have been so deeply blessed by him and we pray for others who we may, or may not see, but are there when we look out of our window.

But there is one more thing about looking out of the window with God. When we look out of the window are we squeezing God out of our hearts? One of the recurring sorrows of God in the Old Testament was how Israel hardened their hearts against him. Again and again he appeals to them to turn back to him that he may heal them. But Israel refused. They hardened their hearts because they were controlled by fear or anxiety. They hardened their hearts because they coveted what wasn’t theirs or refused to believe that God could provide for them.

This is not just an Old Testament problem; Jesus knew it to be true in his time and I know it’s true in ours. I know this because I know it’s true for me. I know how easy it is for me to squeeze God out of my heart. I know how easy it is for my heart to be distracted from God. I know how easy it is for my heart to be controlled by fear or anxiety. But I also know that God continues to appeal to me to turn to him that he may heal me.

When I look out of the window I am so glad that Jesus is with me. He is with me when I feel sad and sorrowful as well as when I am happy and glad. When I look out of the window I know that Jesus is always prompting me to dare to think, to believe, to trust, to love more deeply and this is why I love looking out of the window.

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