Read: Psalm 102:1-28
Consider: Many people go through life thinking that God is not interested in the troubles they face and particularly that when they pray they are expected to be upbeat with God. This means that when they pray, they can never be really open and honest with God about how they feel.
Today’s reading in Psalm 102 is a psalm of lament, meaning that the writer is expressing his grief and sorrow in the most passionate way possible. Reading through the psalm you might feel uncomfortable, especially as the psalmist speaks very openly to God. While you may forgive the psalmist for speaking to God so openly, you might be of the view that you could never speak to God in this way. The question is why not?
A few days ago we looked at Hebrews 10 and there we read: Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great high priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water (Hebrews 10:19-22). Perhaps when you see such a long sentence you are tempted to skip over it, as you find the language used difficult to understand. In The Message Eugene Peterson renders these verses in this way: So, friends, we can now – without hesitation – walk right up to God, into “the Holy Place”. Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. The curtain into God’s presence is his body. So let’s so it – full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out.
Let me ask you bluntly: When you read these verses do you believe them? Do you believe that you can have confidence coming to God with any issue whatsoever? Do you have assurance that you can draw near to God because Jesus, through his sacrifice and shedding of his blood, has destroyed the curtain separating you from God?
Can you imagine how your prayer life would be different if you allowed the truth of these verses to mould your heart and your thinking? This does not give you permission to turn your prayers into complaints, but it does permit you to bring any matter to God, confident that he will hear you and answer you in accordance with his will.
Pray: Father, we praise you for what was achieved by Jesus dying on the cross, to pay the penalty for our sins. May we learn to come confidently before you in prayer, knowing that Jesus has broken through the barrier separating us from you. Amen
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