What does honest praying really sound like? Monday mornings are supposed to be my day to post about prayer and as you can tell, I’m just a few hours behind. (Smile)
That’s because this is my week to finish the book and get it to the publishers for the first review.
I woke up this morning and felt such panic. I had such questions about what I’m doing. I mean, what AM I doing? What am I thinking to expose myself to possible criticism? Who do I think I am to interpret God’s word about faith issues, about depression?
I mean, can you see where this was going?
I was truly scared.
I went ahead with my Bible study, hoping to find some answers. If they were there, I didn’t see them. I loved my Bible study but just didn’t see the answers I was searching for.
I started praying, honest prayer. I was as honest as I’ve ever been, using words like “scared”, “terrified”, “worried”. Saying things like, “Lord, I’m having a real hard time trusting you with all this”. And so on. My prayers were raw and honest.
I would love to tell you I heard an audible voice saying, “It’s OK. It’s a really good book. You are going to help a lot of people.” And so on.
Nope. Nada. Nothing.
I did the only thing I knew to do. I simply believed. I believed no matter how I felt, God had been listening. I went upstairs and started writing. It went great with the words and thoughts flowing easily. After a time, the fear was completely gone and the excitement over finishing this book was back.
Faith without trust is not a living faith.
So what is the point?
The point is that it doesn’t matter if our feelings aren’t in sync with our prayers as long as they are honest prayers. It doesn’t matter what words we use. It doesn’t matter how long they are. It doesn’t matter if our heart isn’t in it.
What matters is that we do it. Honestly. What does honest prayer really sound like?
It looks like us without the walls we put around ourselves.
That’s the kind of prayers God is looking for. Honest prayer. And I have to be honest, as well and admit mine are often shrouded with words I think I’m supposed to say.
So if you’re one of those that question your prayer life, let God be the judge of that. Not you.
Is there more to learn? Of course. There always is.
Are there some things in our life that have to under scrutiny before God answers our prayers. God says there is. But what God doesn’t say is that you have to know all this right away.
It seems to me that God is always searching for sincere and honest prayers. First and foremost.
God bless each of you.
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