Are You “Worthy” to Pray?

Posted: August 21, 2012 in Daily Living
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Do you wrestle with prayer? I do. Whenever I pray in a group, my heart beats a little faster as I anxiously process, “What am I going to say?” “What if something stupid comes out?” “Will I sound spiritual enough?”

Praying by myself isn’t much better. When I’m alone, I’m easily distracted. Even in the midst of my most earnest attempts I get off track. Often I start making plans for the day or begin a grocery list, oblivious to the fact that I’ve left God in the lurch. It might be hours before I recognize my error and crawl back to apologize. Again.

Mostly, I’m ashamed to come before God. My praise is lackluster, my concerns trivial, and my sin too great. He knows who I am and what I have done.

All too often, I’m convinced that He is more concerned about my inability and/or unworthiness to pray, than He is in hearing from me.

When distilled, these insecurities boil down to the fact that I am comparing myself to others, who I deem more spiritual, and assigning behaviors to God, that aren’t true. My wariness in prayer comes from a belief that God wants to hear from only the chosen few, but not all of us. Some are more worthy, right?

But does God really put His people on some sort of bell curve and dole out His love according?

And I convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. ” Romans 8:38-39

That covers everything, doesn’t it? Even those things that are lacking in me.

Recovery begins with letting go of false beliefs and clinging to Truth. God loves me, and you unconditionally and completely. Tell Him today that you take Him at His word and believe. I am.

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