“The Eternal God hears my simple prayers; He receives my request.” -Psalm 6:9, The Voice

A few months ago I received an invitation to provide the worship music for a retreat for school principal’s in the Seventh-day Adventist school system in Oregon. In all honesty I have never been asked to provide all the music for a retreat of any kind, so I was honored, humbled, and scared all at the same time.

As the date got closer I had more and more questions and more and more concerns. Where in the world was Belknap Springs? Would people know the music that I had chosen? Would the theme song fit the theme of the weekend? How would I, a pastor, fit in with a bunch of school principals?

I arrived at Belknap Springs (which by the way is about 40 miles east of Springfield, OR) Sunday afternoon and proceeded to take a walk around the gardens. The picture above is from the Secret Garden (not so secret by the way, just difficult to get to on following the paths) where I spent some time in prayer before the first meeting. It was here that most of my fears and concerns subsided. I felt God telling me, “I’m with you. Nick you have used these gifts to My glory, you’ve done this before. Just keep Me first and I’ll take care of the rest.”

The theme of the weekend was on prayer, and the theme song that I had chosen was the hymn “Sweet Hour of Prayer.” The song fit the retreat so well and it was a blessing. I had many principal’s coming up and saying thank you for the music that I had provided. God had heard my simple prayer, my simple request.

What is on your heart? What keeps you up at night? Does your job keep you up at night? How about the concerns about paying your child’s school bill? Maybe it’s the stress of a building project, or something else? What is it that is on your heart? God wants to hear about it. He wants you to lay it on Him. He can take it, I promise. Just spend some time in prayer telling Him what is on your heart. He will listen. He’s the best listener you will ever find.