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Don’t Fake It

April 13, 2020
                                      
Read Psalm 13:1-2

“How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?”

 
Reflect

How do you feel about the fact that David is secure enough in his friendship with the Lord to be completely honest with his feelings? Are you able to be this authentic too? Why is it important to pour out everything that’s in your heart?
 
Be honest with God when you pray. In Psalm 13 David feels as if he is in a deep pit and just can’t crawl out. He’s disillusioned and jaded, and he doesn’t hold back telling God how he feels: “Life has gotten pretty lousy. Where has trusting You gotten me anyway?” Okay, so it doesn’t exactly say that. But David does pray in spite of how he feels. “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?” (Psalm 13:2).

When we feel shortchanged by God, we shouldn’t pretend as if we like it. Instead, we need to talk it out. We need to tell Him how we feel: abandoned, misunderstood, or taken advantage of. The Lord can handle whatever it is we feel inside. He won’t be put off by what we say. The fact that David’s prayer is in the Bible means God wants us to communicate our deepest doubts and raw anger even if we feel He’s let us down. (And just in case we’ve forgotten, the Lord is capable of reading our minds and knows if our pious words are for real.)

 
Pray

Lord Jesus, I need you now. I’m barely handling this pain. Give me hope and strength. Please restore peace to my life. Amen.

Portions of this study were adapted from Michael Ross, Prayer (Uhrichsville.: Barbour, 2016). Pastor and writer Greg Asimakoupoulos contributed to this devotional entry.


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a year ago
I’m thankful for God’s attributes all them but His Immutability means He never changes. We need to be open and honest when we pray-but I don’t think He ever forgets His Children, I believe the problem lies us!
Please pray for me over the last couple of days I have gotten the flu at times I fell very weak! I covet your Prayers.
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a year ago
Joel - we are praying for healing and strength.
a year ago
I’m praying for the Lord s healing for you Joe !
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a year ago
I am thankful that the Lord, really cares about me that he is always present to hear me pray about my problems.
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a year ago
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS PLEASE I NEED YOUR TO RESTORE MY WHOLE;I AM BREAKING DOWN;AT MY JOB THEY REALLY USE ME;NEED YOUR HELP;ALSO WAITING FOR THIS MONEY GRANT;I AM WAITING TO RECIEVE IT ;PROBABLY NEED A NEW CAR;SERIOUSLY your child;Virginia r🔑gomez garcia@INJESUSNAME@ThankyouJesus@
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a year ago
MY WHOLE BODY@
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a year ago
Very timely for what I'm going through I thank God that he's put that desire in me to pray openly and honestly with him and just tell him I feel I'm glad of that because it is the truth he wants us to pour out our hearts before him regardless whether it's bad it's good it's indifference he wants us to be honest and speak all of our heart and hide nothing from him because if we can openly confess it to him he can bring healing to it and we can see his mighty hand working in our situation as we're seeking his face
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a year ago
This lesson touches my heart, in so many ways. I know he is always their, and waiting for me to reach out to him,
and ask for his help and blessing. Every thing is in his time.
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