The lights of Christmas – in shops, on streets and in our homes – are bold, beautiful, colourful and often dazzling. Occasionally one small light catches our eye – perhaps a candle’s flickering flame – and we see something new.
Prayer is taking time to look. It’s pausing long enough to see the goodness, wonder and beauty around you.
Prayer is refusing to rush out the door in the morning before stopping to see the good things that shape and fill your life.
It’s making time to see, what might otherwise remain unnoticed, the signs of God’s presence in the world and in the people you encounter today, and in your own life. The signs are there and you will see them if you open your eyes.
Jacob, running away from home, stops to sleep in the desert and dreams a colourful dream. He sees a ladder stretched from earth to heaven, with angels going up and coming down. He wakes and knows that God is in this place.
Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!’ And he was afraid, and said, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
Where this week can you recognise the presence of God? As you pray this week, pray with open eyes, to see God’s presence around you.
Read Genesis 28.10-17