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Honesty in Prayer

March 27, 2019

Read Psalm 139:1-6 

The psalmist wrote, "Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely." Psalm 139:4 (NIV)

 

          Adam Weber, from South Dakota, shared his thoughts on prayer. When he stopped to think about it, one of his favorite psalms felt a bit scary. In Psalm 139, David talks about how God sees everything and is everywhere. God sees us when we wake up and when we're going from here to there. and then David says this: "Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely." God knows everything Adam ( and us) is thinking and everything he is going to say! Isn't that a beautiful and terrifying thing to know?

         Even though God knows all the unspoken words within us, sometimes it's hard to decide how we should talk to God when we pray. At times Adam has prayed what he thought he should pray or what he thought God wanted to hear rather than what he was actually feeling and wanting to say. ( I believe most of us have done the same thing at some point in time.) Adam would tell God that he was thankful when he was actually upset, or that he was grateful for God's peace when he didn't feel any peace.

         Thinking about my own prayers, I realize that I often hold back something from God because it feels like something selfish. But the Bible tells us that our Father loves to hear our requests. So Adam resolved to be honest and say the words he needed to say: "Lord, I'm tired, and I feel like I'm in over my head at work." "Jesus, I'm restless. I'm struggling with anxiety. I need your peace." Nothing is too big or too small to share with God.

 

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us not to be afraid to be open and honest when we talk to you, holding nothing back. Amen.

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