Monday, January 13, 2020

Get Real with God

By Andrea Merrell

“I don’t know how to pray,” the woman said. “I don’t know enough of those fancy thee and thou words.”

The pastor shook his head and smiled. “That’s not what God expects. He simply wants you to talk to Him as you would a friend. Be genuine."

The woman’s eyes widened, then the reality of the pastor’s words hit their mark. “That I can do.”

Someone once said the things of God aren’t nearly as hard as we make them out to be. This is especially true when it comes to prayer. God doesn’t want us to come to Him with a prepared speech or fancy words. He desires a transparent heart-to-heart conversation where we put down the façade and get real with Him—without fear of being judged or rejected.

The truth is God already knows our thoughts, how we feel, and the desires of our heart. And He longs to talk with us about them all. Moses and God had an open, honest, candid exchange. Moses was honest with God without being disrespectful. And God called him friend.

If you’re having trouble communicating with the Lord, open up your heart. Pour out all your doubts, your fears, your questions, and your needs. Get real with Him. That’s what He’s waiting for.

(Photo courtesy of and Stuart Miles.)


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