Little Prayers – Word of the Week

Edition #5


Matthew 14:26-28 (NKJV)

And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.
But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”
And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord if it is You, command me to come to You on the water”

Sometimes we are very much disappointed with ourselves because we cannot pray proper prayers, only little ones that hardly seem to be prayers at all. I have been finding much comfort in the little prayers of the Gospels. They could not be more little.

There was Peter’s, “Lord, save me,” (Matt 14:30) and the poor mother’s. “Lord, help me,” (Matt 15:25) and sometimes even less, no prayer at all but only the briefest telling of the trouble, “My servant lies at home sick,” (Matt 8:6) and less than that, a thought, a touch, “She said within herself, If I may but touch…” (Matt 9:21)
Again we hear of just a feeling, “They were troubled,” (Matt 14:26) and a cry, “They cried out for fear,” (Matt 14:26) that was all, but it was enough.

Often in the busyness of the day’s work, there will not be time for more than a very little prayer – a thought, a touch, a feeling, a cry – but it is enough, so tender, so near, is the love of our Lord.


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