You can tell the truth when you pray because God already knows everything. Being able to be completely honest is a feeling of freedom unlike any other. Being completely honest with other people is difficult for a variety of reasons. We may fear hurting them. We may be afraid they will reject us. We may want to be honest but still end up embellishing or exaggerating.
Psalm 51, verse 6 speaks about how deeply God knows us:
Surely You desire truth in the inner parts; You teach me wisdom in the inmost place. [NIV Bible]
When we know what we do isn’t hidden from God, we don’t have to “put on a face” when we talk to God–and that’s the way He wants it! He wants us to unload our burdens and trust in His unconditional love for us. Bring everything you are to God and experience the liberating power of honesty!
There are many situations that are out of our control. We may have a serious illness or an addiction. Friends may suffer through adultery, abuse or divorce. Our children may have psychiatric illnesses. Family members may be impulsive and reckless.
We live with uncertainty and unfairness. We can’t predict the future. We can’t anticipate everything that will go wrong and we can’t fix everything that does.
What can we do when it’s out of our hands? We can take action by praying. Prayer is a spiritual action that can and does affect our natural lives. Prayer relieves helplessness and gives hope.
There is no better help than the help God gives. Praying for other people is taking action. In Galatians Chapter 6, verse 2, it is written: Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. [NIV Bible] Helping other people isn’t limited to what we’re able to do for them. We can pray for them as well, not as a last resort, but as soon as we know their needs.
God has the power to do the undoable. He can change people’s hearts and minds. He can help them recognize when they’re hurting themselves. He can comfort them and give them strength to endure tough situations. He can forgive them and give them the fresh start they need.
Pray for your family, your friends and your neighbors. Pray for people you don’t know–you don’t have to know their names, God knows who they are! 🙂 As you pray for other people, you will begin to feel the peace of knowing that you are doing something to help them.