The Prayer of Yes

A devotion to help you see God's light when you feel down.

By Brian Doyle, Portland, Oregon

As appeared in

For the Son of God, Jesus Christ…was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” II Corinthians 1:19

Let’s be honest, sometimes you need little things in your pockets and on your desk that recharge your heart like tiny batteries. I have lots of them.

I have yellowing envelopes filled with what happened when my children got their first haircuts. I have some of their baby teeth, which my wife thinks is nuts, but whenever I touch those infinitesimal mountains I remember that I saw miracles emerge wet and mewling and miraculous from my wife. I have a note in my wallet sent to me by a Muslim woman in Australia after September 11, in which she said she was praying for the murdered and for the murderers, too, and that note is a university to me.

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I have a stone from the beach where my mother’s people lived for a thousand years before coming to America. I have my wife’s father’s watch, which he wore until he died, which was long before I met him. I wear the ring my wife gave me when she said yes, a yes that made me speechless, and still does.

It seems to me that all these things are ways of saying yes on the days when you are worn down by the ocean of no. But you know and I know that yes is the road to light.

Dear Lord, may I ask for the daily strength to say yes even when I am really tired and sad and there’s hardly any hope? Because You are the Yes, and the fact is that I need Your Yes as food for my hungry soul.

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Hi, I am not sure why I keep loosing your Daily Prayer and Reflection---I appreciate it so much and miss it when it doesn't come my way. When I get it, I send it out to many and also print it and put it by my bed to look at through the day---and it is always so appropriate as to where I am that day. thank you to all who do them. Ruth

Have you not been receiving that newsletter lately, Ruth? If so, when did the problem start?

My "yes" too often comes with a "secret I really want" the first, 2nd and 3rd time, but eventually I begin tto realize that the first time I whispered "yes" to God he had already accepted it, took me by the hand and together we began to take the next steps, slowly, to my future. By the time I was able to way "yes" firmly I was amazed at how far we had traveled! Don't worry about telling God "yes" and not being sure if you really mean it, remember, he knows our needs before we do and he's a patient Father!

I received this newsletter this morning and I think I really needed to hear it. It has been a rough year for me and I am constantly asking the Lord to intervene with a miracle. The road is long and it doesn't always come quickly. Lots of times I feel down. I always look for inspiration. Your response or comment viki was what I needed to see. So thank you. Also, just like the article - I too have little pick me up. Psalm 23 is my pick me up. When I am down in the dumps - I read it and know that the Lord is patient and walking with me.