Day 20 of Prayer
“Likewise the spirit helps us in our weaknesses. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the spirit, because the spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of god.” Romans 8:26-27
Our last all night prayer was a pivotal moment for me. Around 5 a.m. Pastor Craig opened up the floor to an empty mic and an opportunity to pray for lost family members, therefore inviting everyone in the sanctuary into their personal conversation with Our Mighty Lord.
There wasn’t a dry eye in the church. I was deeply moved listening to members boldly pouring out their heart out to the God of all comfort. Their prayers were unbelievably honest and I admired their courage. Despite the pile of bricks on my heart, I never imagined I’d be able to open up like that, however with strength only from the Lord, I found myself holding the mic.
Not knowing where to begin or what to say, I trusted God and knew that He was holding my heart in His hands. I began to weep tears I felt I had saved specifically for My Lord and prayed an unashamedly authentic prayer. I instantly felt an immeasurable amount of freedom and love, knowing that whatever I was presently feeling – good or bad by my own personal standards — would never lessen what my Lord and Savior thinks of me.
I share this story because this moment changed my prayer life. Never again, would I hide from my Creator or pray with a superficial mask.
I believe that God wants us to come boldly to the throne with confidence, like the writer of Hebrews says in Chapter 4. He doesn’t want bits and pieces, or specific layers we choose to show. He wants all of us. With that, I present this challenge: For 5 minutes a day, be as open and honest with God as you possibly can- knowing and trusting that His will far exceeds our present feelings or expectations.
Those of you may be thinking, “That sounds great and all, but how can I possibly do this? OR you have no idea what I’ve done. How can I possibly talk to God about this?”
Well friend, I have great news for you! The book of Psalms has 150 poems that express any and every emotion you can think of, such as: love/adoration toward God, sorrow over sin, dependence on God in desperate circumstances, battle of fear and trust, walking with God when it seems dark, thankfulness, and confidence in the eventual triumph of God’s purposes in the world. My personal favorites are Psalms 25, 46, 112, & 139.
You are safe in Your Creator’s arms. He cares for you, knows every part of your heart, and wants to heal you. Today, stop hiding from Him and receive the love He’s been wanting to shower you with.
Written by Chandler Griffin