A True Test of Faith: Prayer

Devotional Thought of the Day:
Featured image2  Open the gates to all who are righteous; allow the faithful to enter. 3  You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isaiah 26:2-3 (NLT)

1  I cry out to the LORD; I plead for the LORD’s mercy. 2  I pour out my complaints before him and tell him all my troubles. 3  When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn.  Psalm 142:1-3 (NLT)

990      Sanctity consists precisely in this: in struggling to be faithful throughout your life and in accepting joyfully the Will of God at the hour of death.

As I read the passages from Isaiah and Psalms that I placed at the beginning of this devotion, I wonder again about my faithfulness.

Not from the point of not sinning and doing everything right.  It is another issue of faithfulness.

I have often found it hard to pour out my complaints, I find it hard to give Him all my troubles. I don’t’ turn to God at first, when troubles overtake me. There are ways we avoid this.

One may bottle it up, just shove it own inside until the day when we just sob uncontrollably.  Our bodies are purging our soul of bottled up grief or anger, or sorrow, any and every.

Another option is to vent but in an inappropriate way.  Venting looking for some affirmation; someone to recognize our heroic endurance, our suffering under injustice, the strength of character that it takes to endure.

Please hear me, I am not saying we shouldn’t look for support from other brothers and sisters who know God’s love.   But I am saying that we can go to others for affirmation that would glorify us, even if that glory is someone noting our ability to survive the struggle.  If we are blessed, our friends won’t allow us to throw a pity party.  Instead, they will guide us to the cross, and the mercy and grace that will heal us.

What is faithfulness?  St. Josemaria talks of it as accepting the Will of God joyfully – even at the hour of death.  It is with Isaiah knowing that God keeps us in perfect peace, and we trust Him to keep that promise, and look to Him to do it!

That faithfulness is crying out to God like Jeremiah, (see Jeremiah 20:7) when we feel like life isn’t fair.  Or even if it is fair when we feel overwhelmed by it.  When we don’t hesitate to plead for Hi mercy, to pray with both the bluntness of sharing our despair, and trusting God, and only God, to make a difference.

That is the faithfulness we need to develop.  The faithfulness that results in holding nothing back from the God, who loves US.  To give Him our life, not just our willingness to serve Him wherever He leads, but to give him our shattered hearts, our bruised and broken souls.  We need to entrust to Him the things that we hate to face in our lives.

That is faithfulness; the prayer of the broken and needy.  The prayer of a child, calling out to his Father to rescue them from the darkness.

The prayer so easily said…but one that echoes to the deepest part of us, and finds that even there, God is with us.

The Prayer:  Lord, have mercy on me….

Let us pray…

(1)  Escriva, Josemaria (2011-01-31). The Forge (Kindle Locations 3490-3491). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.

About justifiedandsinner

I am a pastor of a Concordia Lutheran Church in Cerritos, California, where we rejoice in God's saving us from our sin, and the unrighteousness of the world. It is all about His work, the gift of salvation given to all who trust in Jesus Christ, and what He has done that is revealed in Scripture. God deserves all the glory, honor and praise, for He has rescued and redeemed His people.

Posted on February 21, 2015, in Devotions, Poiema, The Forge and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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