This week I am ever so conscious that I need God to illumine His word and to transform my heart. Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness;give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11 NIV Will you join me in praying this verse for each of us … Continue reading Praying Scripture – 10/9/2019
The knowledge that things will eventually change can keep us going, but it isn’t the same as experiencing the thrill of reaching the mountaintop or coming out of the trees and seeing an amazing panorama lying before you. Actually seeing this view reflects not only the words but the experience of the praise section of the laments.
We tend to focus on God’s goodness and faithfulness. We submit ourselves to His will. We often blame ourselves for our circumstances, focusing on our own sinfulness or the reality of life in a fallen world. That's not what the laments do. They don't just beg God to fix things. They blame God. They demand that He intervene.
The laments invite us to boldly express our pain, anger, and fear to God with visceral honesty. They seek an answer from the only One who can bring relief. They keep seeking. They stay in dialogue.
Honestly acknowledging the reality of life in a fallen world doesn’t represent a lack of faith. Admitting the truth doesn’t mean that we think God has lost control.
Sometimes we can focus solely on praising God's character and works, but sometimes our hearts are broken and we are confronted with the brokenness of the world. In these places, maybe we can blend our praise and prayer. We can choose to seek and to trust God in spite of our circumstances, letting our praise lead us to prayer for His kingdom to come. #TrustGod #Prayer
When we don't know how to pray, the Spirit intercedes and God gives us words. Sometimes, though, the words aren't the ones we expected. #TrustGod