4 Keys to an effective prayer life: Part 2

The revelation of transparency

How honest are you with God?  When you are talking to Him do you express the raw honest truth of your thoughts or feelings?

The beautiful thing about prayer is that it is an opportunity for us to share our heart with God.  How many times do we try to hide our thoughts or feelings because we don’t want God to know what we really think?

When I was younger my relationship was very polite with God.  I never expressed any disappointment of anger towards God for fear that I was going to be struck by a bolt of lightning!  I also wasn’t honest about exactly what I was thinking.  I felt it was more appropriate to say I had forgiven someone than reveal to God my true feelings that I really hated them and wanted God to punish them!  Its funny how I thought He wouldn’t know.

As I began to dare to be real with God I discovered an amazing thing: God is not unsettled by my raw honesty.  There is nothing I can say that would shock him or catch him off guard.  He knows my innermost thoughts, Psalm 139:1-6.  There is nothing I can hide from Him.

My relationship has grown and healing has come through being transparent with God.  When we dare to be raw and honest with God He draws near to us because it’s our honesty that He desires.  God can work with our transparency to bring real change to our lives.

Our connection with God can be as deep or as superficial as we want it to be.  The more genuine and honest we are with God the deeper our relationship will become.  But if we choose to offer polite prayers up to God our relationship is going to stay at surface level.

God sent His Son to die on the cross so that we might have a close relationship with Him.  Jesus blood was not shed for a superficial relationship.  We have the option to enter into a deeper relationship by being genuine and real.

I love the way David interacted with God.  His songs were a prayer from his heart.  They were passionate, raw and revealing.

God described David as a man after his own heart.  David is a great example of real and deep connection with God.  When we dare to be raw and vulnerable with God He meets us at our greatest need.  He comes alongside us and becomes our strength when we don’t feel strong at all.

When we are struggling we can be tempted to hide away in order to protect ourselves.  We read in Judges 6 about Gideon hiding in the winepress from his enemies.  An angel of the Lord says to him “Mighty hero the Lord is with you”

Gideon was being called ‘mighty hero’ the man God had created him to be, not the man he felt at the time.

God sees so much more in us than we see in ourselves.  When we run to Him rather than away from Him He will encourage and strengthen us in ways we never imagined.

Resolve yourself to be transparent.  It is in that place you will enter into a deep and rich communion with God that will transform you life.


Lord,

forgive me for the times I have withheld my true feelings from You.  I realise this hurts me more than You.  I have decided that from now on I am going to share with You the raw and honest truth no matter how ugly it may be.  Lord, please meet me in that place of honesty and transform my heart.

Amen


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2 thoughts on “4 Keys to an effective prayer life: Part 2

  1. Another great message Leanne. Thank you! I have often thought “Ahhhhh what’s the point of saying it, He already knows and it doesn’t change my circumstances.” Wrong I know, something I can slip into easily but realise I’m doing it. Then battle in my head because I don’t want to keep secrets in my heart with satan, so out of principle I’ll then tell God or tell Him I don’t feel like talking about it right now but I will after my doona dive haha ?

    • I identify with your thoughts sometimes we feel it doesn’t make a difference but we need to push through that and allow Him to speak to our deepest needs.