How Honest Can You Be?

"My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to Your Word."— Psalm 119:28 How wonderful it is to go to God, your heavenly Father, and just lay it out there.

I'm tired, weary with sorrow. I'm having trouble carrying on. But please, strengthen me according to Your Word.

As we mature in the Lord, we know that God's Word is the foundation for our strength. Whatever boost of faith and energy He gives us is promised in His Word; He will not use means that contradict His Word. But He will be there.

I am so relieved to have discovered how honest I can be with God! I finally learned how foolish it is to be dishonest with Him.

Have you ever gone into prayer praising and thanking God, and pretending to love everybody—because you know we're supposed to?

I have!

Praise and thanks are good if those are the sincere expressions of your heart. But if reality is that you're uptight and you feel like punching someone, or you are hurting and overwhelmed—then you need to be honest with the Lord.

David prayed for his enemies. Remember those prayers? "God, smite them...break them...."

Now God may not answer those prayers the way you want, but at least you're being honest and opening up your heart to Him. Then when you've calmed down, you can ask Him to help you, and allow Him to change your heart.

When God does a genuine, heart-changing work in your life, you can stop striving to be something you're not. You can stop feeling condemned and frustrated.

The results will be lasting and real.

Maturing in the Lord will bring a level of honesty into our lives that will bring change and answered prayers.

"The self-sufficient do not pray, the self-satisfied will not pray, the self-righteous cannot pray. No man is greater than his prayer life." —Leonard Ravenhill

 

DEVOTIONALSRay Bentley