God is always good, even when the world is ugly. It’s a tough concept. But God can handle your anger as much as he can your other emotions. Be honest; he already knows your heart, your pain, your bitterness; let yourself spill over, darkness and light and everything in between.
If you struggle to utter words of praise, tell God. If you don’t know what on earth would inspire you to worship in the doldrums of your days, tell God. If you can barely pray, ask God to help you with that.
The soul must long for God in order to be set aflame by God’s love; but if the soul cannot yet feel the longing, then it must long for the longing. To long for the longing is also from God.
We all start somewhere. And we all have different starting points. Prayer leads us into the living heart of God. However you pray, pray. For your prayers are like sweet smelling incense to God’s heart. Even the little ones! And the real prayer, the honest prayer, is far more precious than the prayer of display – the words you think you should pray.
To express our love for God through prayer is a wonderful thing. Let’s pray for a renewed love, a renewed passion, a new thirst in our lives, and for prayer to underpin our lives as individuals and as the Body of Christ, strengthening us and helping us grow into a deeper understanding of – and love for – God.
This is the concluding extract from a recent talk I gave on the theme of ‘loving God through prayer’. See previous posts to read more on that theme.