Prayer is Not Always Neat & Tidy

Junk yard; a mess--our prayer lives are sometimes messy.

Do you ever wonder what prayer is all about? Perhaps you’ve prayed a formal prayer in church that is nothing more than words to you. Perhaps you’ve recited the Lord’s Prayer from memory, while your mind was entirely on something else.

Prayer is so much more than we can imagine. Did you know that one aspect of prayer is simply emptying our hearts and emotions before God? Now you might not think of this as prayer, but look at Psalm 142: 2-3 from the Bible. David (whom God called a man after His own heart) says:

“I pour out my complaint before him; before him I tell my trouble. When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who know my way.”

David felt free to express what was in his heart to God. And God listened! God is not disturbed when we pray our doubts, complaints, or heartaches (He knows them anyway!)

Just read through the Psalms and you will find a wide variety of emotions expressed—from joy to utter despair! He is our Father, and He wants us to come to Him with everything. But He wants us to come as a little child, with complete Trust and Faith, believing that He will meet us where we are.

God’s heroes are not those who sit in a pew and politely utter words that are far from their heart. He invites us to come before Him each day, express where we truly are, then get quiet and listen! As you read the Bible, He will speak to you, sometimes through a scripture verse. Sometimes in a still small voice. And if the answer you need doesn’t come immediately, He simply asks you to trust in His goodness, His perfect timing and His perfect will. That is what prayer is all about!  

© Sandra Chambers

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