Is your prayer honest? 🤔

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Should our prayers be guarded so as not to offend God, or should we be free to express our true feelings to Him? This is a powerful question because deep within all of us, there is a respect for God and a holy fear of Him. At least that’s what I believe. Do you think I am right about this?

I’ve really struggled with a tendency to be guarded with God. I’ve held back some of my darker emotions and thoughts because I wanted to gain His approval. I think this tendency to hold back came from my relationship with my father. As a child, I felt like I had to perform well in order to please him. 

Paul the Apostle spoke of this: “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” (1 Corinthians 13:11, NKJV) I like the part when Paul says, “when I became a man, I put away childish things.” It was childish on my part to think God was like my earthly father. It was foolish to think I had to offer up pious prayers that were not honest.  

God loves you and me unconditionally. We can tell Him everything in prayer because He already knows us and yet still loves us. The Psalms of King David illustrate this perfectly. King David asked God to punish his enemies and to pay them back. He confessed his sins in a public song and expressed his shame in regard to his past failures. David understood the unconditional love of God.

Our prayer life should be a place where we feel completely safe because we know that God doesn’t judge us or condemn us for being honest or for being human. We all need a safe place to express ourselves, and I hope you find this place in prayer.

Never forget that you are a miracle and miracles are real.

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8 Comments

  1. Margie+Antosca on 09/06/2021 at 1:45 PM

    Thank you, Paul, your words were such an encouragement to me today. God bless you.🕊🕊🕊🙏🙏🙏

  2. David on 09/06/2021 at 1:49 PM

    (John 10:1) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.(Read that again!)
    We should come to Him directly, and honestly.
    God desires nothing less than our total honesty, and that we should allow Him the same courtesy.
    So, if we hold Him in such high regard, we should allow Him the courtesy of acknowledging his existence and His desire to hear from us.
    Prayer, as in any conversation, is not a monologue.
    While David may have been perfectly comfortable “confessing” his sin openly. David was the King. I doubt that any of us would be employed, for long, or have any friends, for long, if we made that a common practice.
    God has forgiven us all our sin. Expecting that generosity/grace from fallen, or even forgiven, man, is a serious error in judgement. While man may have the capacity to forgive,(and the do), the do not have God’s ability to forget quite so easily.
    (Matthew 6:6) But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

    Christ refused to be coerced by deception… Mat 15:22  And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. 
    Mat 15:23  But he answered her not a word.
    She attempted to pretend that she was a Jew, and she was not.
    But, as soon as she was honest with Him,…Mat 15:28  Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt.

    ‘Nough said?

    • John Goncalves on 09/06/2021 at 8:34 PM

      Yes, but God also tells us to confess our sins to one another, read James.

      • Jennifer martin on 09/06/2021 at 8:56 PM

        I feel like I struggled alot with my christianity and having alot of guit in my heart and feel like there’s been alot of trials and tests in the last five years



  3. David on 09/06/2021 at 2:59 PM

    We are already approved of God.
    I think His greatest desire, is that we know that.
    As in the story of Boaz and Ruth, I think God insist that we “remove the veil”, before he can grant us our request.
    Jacob learned that lesson the hard way. ;)

  4. Carolyn Lowery on 09/06/2021 at 5:42 PM

    Thanks again Paul, at times when I’m praying I do get that thought “Carolyn are you just sayin with an honest heart the words that you “think” will be impressive, what God wants to hear or just to put in a moment of prayer “? Yes I did questioned myself and almost confess to that spirit! Oh no Carolyn, I ask God to forgive me if my prayers were the above statement. Than I said “now you know God knows all about you and yes my prayer probably sounds like I was reading from a script that I made up but God yes and knows everything about me. So after battling with my myself I prayed “God, let the words of my MOUTH and the MEDITATION of my HEART be
    EXCEPTABLE in Your sight …” Amen

  5. Vivian on 09/06/2021 at 8:48 PM

    Thanks pastor Paul,king David was right, God will fight those was fight against me and come for my rescue Psalm 35 very powerful.

    • Dave on 09/06/2021 at 11:04 PM

      My favorite Psalm,
      and not to be taken lightly.
      Our God has ears, and is not slack concerning His promise(s).

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