What is honest prayer?

But I love this post. it’s as true today as it was the day I wrote it. I continue to be honest in my prayers, nothing is held back.

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The fear

What is honest prayer?

I woke up this morning and felt such panic and had questions about what I’m doing. I mean, what AM I doing? What am I thinking to expose myself to possible criticism? Who do I think I am to interpret God’s word about faith issues, about depression?

I mean, can you see where this was going?

I was truly scared.


honest words

I went ahead with my Bible study, hoping to find some answers. If they were there, I didn’t see them.

I started praying, honest prayer, and was as honest as I’ve ever been, using words like “scared”, “terrified”, “worried”. Saying things like, “Lord, I’m having a real hard time trusting you with all this”. And so on. My prayers were raw and honest.

I would love to tell you I heard an audible voice saying, “It’s OK. It’s a really good book. You are going to help a lot of people.” And so on.

Nope. Nada. Nothing.

I did the only thing I knew to do. I simply believed that no matter how I felt, God had been listening. So, I went upstairs and started writing. It went great with the words and thoughts flowing easily. After a time, the fear was completely gone and the excitement over finishing this book was back.

Faith without trust is not a vibrant and growing faith. We can declare faith without trusting the author of our faith.

feelings in prayer not important

The point is that it doesn’t matter if our feelings aren’t in sync with our prayers as long as they are honest prayers. Can prayers be honest if our feelings aren’t on board? Yes, because feelings aren’t born in faith. If feelings were a barometer, we’d all be doomed. It doesn’t matter what words we use. It doesn’t matter how long they are.

What matters is that we do it. What does honest prayer really sound like? It sounds like us without the pretense. Pretensions create a wall between us and God.

God is looking for honesty

That’s the kind of prayers God is looking for. Honest prayer. And I have to be honest, as well, and admit mine are often shrouded with words I think I’m supposed to say.

So if you’re one of those that question your prayer life, let God be the judge of that. Not you.

Is there more to learn? Of course. There always is.

Are there some things in our life that might have to change before God answers our prayers? God, not me, says there is. That doesn’t mean God isn’t answering our prayers but that some specific prayers we pray might require something of us as well.

God is always searching for sincere and honest prayers. Probably the simplest prayers that have been prayed are those that get answered because they are sincere and honest.

God bless and have a great day!

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