For me, prayer is where I consciously choose to reach and connect with the God of heaven.
In the quiet of the early morning, I will often look to the sky and experience the beauty of a sunrise or watch the clouds travel silently across the horizon. Inevitably, I am prompted to declare that He is a God of beauty and power, and question, how can it be that I can reach out to Him and call on Him?

And yet, I feel very comfortable in doing so. Somehow, I know that it is pleasing to Him and that this is what He wants me to do.
To be able to petition the God of the Universe is a privilege and opportunity that seems to be too good to be true. Yet, in Hebrews 11:6 we know ‘…that anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.’
With this knowledge, my prayers always include a request for God’s peace to rest on me and that His presence may be known to me.

And then, the reality and demands of the day unfold. The emails are opened, the phone calls are answered and of course, there are the people. Family, clients, friends, church family and strangers. Everybody expects and deserves your time, attention, resources and mostly love.

So where is God in all this? How is He answering my prayer for peace? How does He make His presence known to me?
How about when I feel emotionally empty? Or when I realise that yet again, I have spoken or responded in haste?
Often, without realising that my prayer is being answered, an unexpected sense of peace will come over me. A knowing, that He loves and accepts me, for who I am. An awareness that He is with me and assurance that He knows how I feel. But there is more. He will often send a person, to support me. Someone, whom I realise (often later), is His gift to me.

Because of answered prayer I have confidence for the future. I know that He is the God of peace and hope. I know that He will be with me, for all my days on this earth and I have a hope for the future that He will never leave or forsake me.

– Brigid Peddie, Papanui Seventh-day Adventist Church, Christchurch