Psalm 4 – Answer me. Hear my prayer.

PSALM 4:1-8

1   Answer me when I call, O God of my right!
You gave me room when I was in distress.
Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.

2   How long, you people, shall my honor suffer shame?
How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies?                Selah
3   But know that the LORD has set apart the faithful for himself;
the LORD hears when I call to him.

4   When you are disturbed, do not sin;
ponder it on your beds, and be silent.                                                  Selah
5   Offer right sacrifices,
and put your trust in the LORD.

6   There are many who say, “O that we might see some good!
Let the light of your face shine on us, O LORD!”
7   You have put gladness in my heart
more than when their grain and wine abound.

8   I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
for you alone, O LORD, make me lie down in safety.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • Let go of anything keeping you from listening for God’s word.
  • Let go of anything silencing your hearing.
  • Open your heart with breath.
  • Relax your shoulders.
  • Seek peace.
  • What are you calling out go God today?
  • What answer do you need to hear from God?
  • Notice any tension in your body as you seek the answer.
  • Allow your energy to go to this place to help release the tension.
  • Breathe into this place to relieve the tension.
  • Seek God in this place.
  • Ask again for God to show you the answer.
  • Be open to this answer as you go about your day.
  • Take time to reflect at the end of the day.  Take time to notice any signs you may have missed during the day.
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as  you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, April 22, 2012, the Third Sunday of Easter Year B

Acts 3:12-19
Psalm 4:1-8
1 John 3:1-7
Luke 24:36b-48

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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