Honest Prayers

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There’s an honesty about the prayers of the biblical psalmist. Dark situations are faced in all their darkness. Doubts and fears are very real. Nothing is covered up by using what we would think of as the “right” words, so called “religious” words. The psalms free us to be honest in our prayers. The Lord is not offended when we voice our frustrations. Or when we have no words at all, and our prayer is nothing more than a deeply-felt sigh.

The “weary and heavy laden” are always genuinely welcome in our Lord’s calming presence.

Throughout this day – its highs and its lows – our Lord is “abounding in steadfast love to all who call on him”. (Psalm 86:5) “Abounding” and “steadfast”  are old words, but when the psalmist used them to describe our Father’s love, they are the right words. For “abounding” means “to be in large supply”. And “steadfast” means “to be firmly fixed in place” and “not subject to change”.

Whatever your prayer, remind yourself that God’s understanding and love is “in large supply” and “not subject to change”.

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