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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Joel - we are praying for healing and strength.
I’m praying for the Lord s healing for you Joe !
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.
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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This scripture and the one where he says pour out your heart before me and the one again where he says you had said unto me seek my face and I have said unto you your face I seek these three do it just do it and he will heal you and deliver you he will bring it to pass thank you for bringing this scripture up please cuz this this one and the other two how would I stand on and keep me focused can opener and honesty before him
All I know from what you said is that you're being brutally honest with yourself if you can be brutally honest about yourself and what you're going through you will see such a healing such a Deliverance out of those negative things in your life, You Will wonder why it took you so long to get to that place of surrender, I pray for you my brother my sister and all those that are going through this situation of having trouble being open brutally judging ourselves according to the word that this day will be a transforming day in your life and you would learn to give it up holy unto him and surrender to be brutally honest of every feelings whether negative or positive of every worry as well as every concern every area of your life including your fears and doubts so that he could bring healing into your lives in Jesus name
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
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.
What do i think about this psalm regarding: Be secure in the relationship with God to be completely honest with my feelings of anger, frustration, anguish. That's so rare for me, i'm not used to do it. I accept my religious concept here. I must work a lot of in this area. Right now i do not consider myself able to be authentic before my God. Pour out everything there's in my heart. Now i see the importance to be in peace with God, with me and my neighbour.
My prayer today: " Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends You, and lead me along the path of everlasting life". (Psalm 139:23-24 NLT).
Amen Amen and Amen ! ✝️🙏🇺🇸
Thank you for getting me through the day and enduring pain.
After asking for forgiveness it is hard to complain to God about how people or circumstances are causing me pain. I usually find my own faults of lack of faith the cause of most of my problems!
Thank you Jesus for everything you have done for me.
Thank God!
I pray that the Lord would help me to be honest with Him
Thank you God