Life is difficult… there, I said it. We can stop trying to pretend that we have it all together, because any person who lives in this world has been broken at one point or another.
Why am I saying this? Because honesty is the key to any relationship, especially a relationship with God.
I am giving us the opportunity to be different. To not hide behind our facades and have to be so strong all the time. Because it doesn’t matter how strong we are, it matters how strong our Savior is.
We need to let each other know that it’s ok to be broken and when we confess to others the struggles we face, it gives them the opportunity to see our humanity. It sounds scary; sometimes it is. But if we were truly honest with one another about our fears and failures, we would see that people are really not so scary after all.
I am convinced that at our core, people are very similar. Our needs are this: to be accepted and to feel love. Let us as people attempt to aid the first of these needs. I will tell you how we might attempt this… prayer. Ok, ok, please don’t tune me out just because this sounds simple. We are getting to the good part.
“16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
Do you believe that God hears your prayers? I hope you do. There have been many times in my life where God has been “silent.” But that does not mean He wasn’t there walking beside me, and that does not mean He did not hear me. And it does not mean that if your prayers were not answered that He didn’t hear you. He did. His timing for answers is just part of the mystery of who He is. Looking back on our lives it is easy to see that things begin to fit together eventually. In the moment when tears are all we can speak, please know that God hears you. I will say it again, He hears you and He will deliver you according to His perfect timing.
Psalm 34: 17-18
“The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.”
Not only do we need to ask God for what we need, thank Him for all He has done, we also need to pray for others. We are all in need. We are all broken in some form or another. We all need Jesus.
Let us not become hardened by the difficulty of this life, because the smallness of our time here is a spec compared to eternity with the Creator of Heaven and Earth.
1 Corinthians 2:9
“9 However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him—“
Do not give up, there is far too much ahead than anything we leave behind. Your fears and brokenness are a crutch no longer, live free, live joyfully in the peace of the Lord, so that others may know the love our Heavenly Father feels for us. Pray for each other, so that we might as a nation of people become whole in Christ.
I am here to pray for you as well. Here is a link to my Prayer Requests Page