Hebrews 4:16 “Draw near with confidence to the throne of grace to find help in the time of need.” (NET Bible)
God longs to answer our prayers, but sometimes the prayers on our lips are not a true reflection of what is truly in our hearts. We say the right words, but our hearts are far from it!
The author tells the story of a man who cried out to God for deliverance from a bad habit. After much prayer, nothing happened. A wise and loving friend graciously asked him if he truly wanted deliverance. “Maybe,” he said, “you love this bad habit and don’t really want God to deliver you at all.”
This breakthrough began the process of him actually beginning to break his habit with the God’s help.
God already knows what we think. It is important to the process that we understand what is going on in our own hearts and that we are honest with God about the struggle. He is more than willing to come to our aid when we come to Him humbly and honestly.
For God gives grace to the humble (James 4:6).
For me, identifying my real problem is often my biggest struggle. Sometimes I fail to see the forest, and only see the trees. But I have found that when I am honest with my struggles, the very place where I wrestle with God becomes holy ground.
How are you hurt? What tempts you? What do you find that helps you take these things to God’s throne and ask for mercy and grace? Ask God to help you be honest with your struggle and to give you strength and courage to do what is right.
Don’t forget to journal what God teaches you. We would love to hear from you.