eDevotional

What Keeps You From Praying?

Read: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” Proverbs 18:10 (ESV)

Reflect: I learned early in my journey with God, that there was something that made it difficult for me to freely have conversations with him with no strings attached. Growing up I didn’t always have the best relationship with my earthly father, and sadly that has affected the relationship I have with my heavenly father. Because of my unhealthy relationship with my dad, I unconsciously created an image of God as a judgmental disciplinarian, a father whom I could not always trust.

Over time, I put up the same walls with God that I had put up in my relationship with my dad. Those walls of my own making greatly distorted my idea of prayer. It was so difficult to bring everything to a God who was interested only in judging me and meting out punishment. Could I really be safe with him?

It wasn’t until I chose to get help through counseling and found healing that I began to find freedom in my relationship with my heavenly father. Now my prayers are real, and that has brought me spiritual intimacy and so much peace. Now I don’t just know God is near, but I can feel him near.

God isn’t human and hurtful like our family and friends. We don’t have to feel the need to protect ourselves from him. He loves us unconditionally and wants to carry us through our pain and bring healing in our brokenness.

React: Are the hurts and wounds you have experienced in your life keeping you from knowing the true nature of God? Find a path of healing, just as I did, so that you can experience a full relationship with your loving heavenly father.

Pray: God, help us to remember that you are our safe place where we find rest. Thank you that we can come to you in prayer for all things