By Bo Prosser
For the coming days, pray with music. The hymn writer reminds us, “There is a place of quiet rest, near to the heart of God.” I love this hymn and so many others. Music takes me near to the heart of God.
Choose a song or group of songs by one of your favorite artists, secular or religious. Many artists have a deeply spiritual side that can speak to your heart. Be creative in your choices but don’t choose obscure songs. Pray with something that is fairly familiar to you.
As you begin your prayers, center yourself while playing the song or group of songs that you have chosen. Focus on a lyric or a certain melody or chord progression. Let the music move over you, taking you into a place of deep reflection.
When you are ready, journal some thoughts that have come to you while listening. Pray something similar to, “Lord, why are you bringing these thoughts to my mind and heart today? What are you wanting me to hear/learn/discover?”
Then, be still for a bit more.
Play the song again and listen intently for God’s guidance and insight. Journal once again a prayer of thanksgiving for what you’ve heard or discovered. If you haven’t heard or discovered anything today, don’t be discouraged. Thank God for the time of rest and refreshment! Come expectantly tomorrow for more prayer, rest and reflection.
Now, add one more movement. Listen to the song again with one name from the prayer list below on your mind. Then pray something like, “God, please help [the name you selected] to hear your truth and receive your blessing this day.” Write their name in your journal along with the thoughts you’ve already listed.
Each day, God may bring blessed insights to you. Each day, God may lead you to the same person or a different one. Let God’s Spirit lead you as the music lifts you “near to the heart of God.”
Bo Prosser is Coordinator of Organizational Relationships for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.