Filling in the Cracks

Scott Nichols

READ : Matthew 6:5-15

Yesterday we pointed out that the Wailing Wall is the most sacred of all the Jewish sites. It is here that the devout come to offer up prayers to God. There is a constant, round-the-clock stream of the faithful coming and going. All seeking a place to be near to God.

As we stood looking at the wall, we noticed bits and pieces of paper stuck into many of the cracks between the massive brickwork. When we asked what these were, we were told that they were prayers written in hope that God would answer them. There were literally thousands upon thousands of these paper prayers filling the cracks in the wall. In fact, later I was told that you could even send in prayers by fax to be placed in one of the cracks if you could not be there yourself.

There is a lesson to be learned from this. Jesus mentions it in today’s text. We need a place where we can go to pray, a place where we feel the presence of God. For many, the Wailing Wall is such a place. But we don’t need to go to Jerusalem. Any place will do if we can enter into the throne room of God’s grace. We all need a place where we can fill in the cracks in our lives with the mortar of prayer.

Discuss: What cracks can I fill with prayer today?


Jesus, I have places in my life that only You can fill. Touch me. Amen.