Prayer: Quick Like An Arrow … Soft As a Whisper

“Then the king said to me, ‘What do you request?’ So I prayed to the God of heaven.” Nehemiah 2:4

Study Bible references say that Nehemiah “characteristically prayed to God while he went about his duties. He even ‘shot an arrow’ to God, silently asking him for help in the middle of this crucial conversation with the king. He spontaneously inserted prayers as he wrote his memoirs. [Some other examples: Nehemiah 1:5-11; 4:4-5; 5:19; 6:9, 14; 13:14, 22, 31].”

Nehemiah shooting an arrow in prayer reminds me of an approach shared with me years ago by my friend, Christine. She said that periodically when something was troubling her or needing prayer, she would whisper the issue into her cupped hand and then open her hand and blow it away from her.

Actions can really help when facing certain challenges, so whispering and “sending it up to God” seems the perfect approach. Thanks for sharing, Christine!

Perhaps one of these approaches or something else physically-oriented will be helpful to you today as you pray?