Honesty In Prayer

I think we tend to hide things from God. This sounds pretty ridiculous, considering that He knows everything, but we do it regardless. When we go to Him in prayer (if we do at all), we say something pretty like, “Thanks for this day God, bless this food, bless my life, etc.” We’re following some kind of “prayer template”. Anyone listening in on your prayer wouldn’t be able to to tell it from another person’s, the statements are so vague.

Praying Gopher

Praying Gopher (Photo credit: Dane Low)

Now, you can argue that God already knows what’s in your heart (and He does) and you don’t have to take the time to tell Him. That’s not completely true. God wants you to tell Him. If you don’t brings your needs and wants to Him, how can you possibly be serious about it? The beginning of Lamentations 2:19 says this:

Rise during the night and cry out. Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord.

If you’re being bullied at school or your best friend moved or your grandma just passed away, these things are laying heavily in your heart. What are you dealing with in life right now?

When we’re dealing with something frustrating, something that makes us angry or causes us to feel sad and broken, we usually tell people about it. But for some reason, some of us come before God and say a pretty prayer. Does God not deserve the honesty we give others? Can we possibly have an excuse for not telling Him what’s going on in our lives?

God doesn’t want something from a prayer template. He wants to hear your problems. He wants to help you. But how can He if you refuse to be honest with Him?

Whatever is going on in your life right now, don’t be afraid to pour your heart out to Him. He loves you; He can and will help you. Will you let Him?

O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge. (Psalm 62:8, NLT)


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4 thoughts on “Honesty In Prayer

  1. The Lord’s prayer is sometimes called the model prayer. How does the model (guide) He gave us differ from a template (cookie cutter)? Same Father, same desire to see His will on earth as in heaven. But each person has different “daily bread” and different “temptation” to be delivered from and different needs to “forgive” and be “forgiven”. We can follow the model because we are all sinners needing the same Savior but because our relationship with Christ is personal our prayers are have a personal element too.


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