I was driving down the road and enjoying the return of color to the trees, grasses and flowers, the visual heralding of spring’s return. And then I was thinking about all the colors in God’s creation, which somehow led me to thoughts about the color of prayer (something that I had never thought of). Before you think I am totally crazy, let me explain.
Prayers come in different types, and we pray for different reasons. I am basically a visually oriented person, so it helps me to visualize ideas and concepts. Seeing color in prayer is just another way of visualizing the idea and concept of prayer.
I believe that some prayers are yellow and bright orange. These are the prayers of joy and praise much like Psalm 100 and Psalm 150. Some prayers are light blue as in the balance of plea and praise of Psalm 73. Some are shades of green – I think Psalm 23 fits this best. Then there are the reds – angry and loud as the voices heard in Psalm 83 and 137. Some prayers are dark blue and purple like the cries heard in Psalm 102.
There are the prayers that are gray – the clouds of despair are present but praise is still heard as in Psalm 130 – and there are the prayers that are black like the prayer found in Psalm 22 (and even it ends in praise). Prayers are even white or a mix of colors – Psalm 119 covers a lot of territory and colors in my mind.
The Psalms are a collection of prayers (and more) and come in many colors as you see. I think God gave that to us in His Word so that we can see that our prayers come in different forms and speak of different feelings and emotions and they are all okay because God is interested in every part of our being.
So, what color is your prayer?