Being 100% Authentic with God.
Being 100% begins with being real with God. A lot of times when we come to God in prayer we may be pretending to be okay or pretending to have our lives together. But in the private time of prayer, we don’t need to have our walls up. We can let Him see us in our brokenness, or in our joy. I wonder if you ever want to just shout and jump for joy in Jesus? Or if you ever yell in anger?
I remember after hearing a friend give a devotional thought, I felt the Holy Spirit pulling tears out of my eyes and making my stomach curl up, but since I was in a crowded room I didn’t want to cry, so I quickly ran out of the room and let the floodgates open. I had been holding back so many feelings in an attempt to numb my true feelings of doubt in God's ability to answer my prayers. I'll be honest I may have ugly cried and yelled but in the end, it was a bonding moment between me and God. I let my burdens go in His arms and felt praise rise from my lips. Had I not been authentic, I would not have received a fresh faith that has carried me through until now.
Emotion is okay! Laying flat on the floor in tears is okay! Putting your hands up in prayer is okay. When it is just you and God, that is precisely what it is -- just You and God -- alone. There is no reason to hide or run. You are a work in progress and He is fully aware that you are not perfect, and He still loves you! So go ahead and take your worries and your thoughts to Him today without a need to repress feelings or filter thoughts.
Take some time to reflect on these verses:
my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.
Psalm 62: 8
And He [Jesus] withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, where He knelt down and prayed, “Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me. Yet not My will, but Yours be done.” Then an angel from heaven appeared to Him and strengthened Him. And in His anguish, He prayed more earnestly, and His sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground.
Luke 22: 41-44
Inside the Tent of Meeting, the Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Afterward Moses would return to the camp. . .
Write out how God spoke to you through these passages in your journal.
- In prayer today be open with God, open up your heart and let Him in.
- Don’t be afraid to be honest with Him about your thoughts, even if they are sinful, He is able to handle it.
- Remember that He loves to hear your voice
God thank you for listening to my voice as I speak. I know that sometimes I hide myself from you. But you are aware of the depths of my soul and despite myself you love me eternally. Thank you because I do not have to fear being honest around you, but instead I can rejoice in your acceptance of me.