There are some who feel awkward when they pray, as if God is judging them on how eloquent their prayers are. They believe in God but they can’t really visualize or feel connected to Him. Because they are not comfortable praying, soon they stop trying altogether and drift farther and farther away from the very one who gave His life to save them! The truth is, there is no such thing as as a “perfect prayer”! God just wants you to talk to Him heart-to-heart, and friend-to-friend, and He truly listens, hears and answers. You’re not just an insignificant little human here on earth! Your voice matters in heaven! When you call out to Jesus, He gives you His full attention. He’s not listening to perfect grammar, nor does He condemn you for stuttering or stumbling over your words. He loves you with an everlasting love, and whatever you say – is important to Him. So the next time you think that God doesn’t hear you or that your prayers go no higher than your ceiling – think again! Jesus loves you and cares about every aspect of your life – and He wants to hear from you!
Psalm 142: 1 - I cry out to the Lord; I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy. 2 - I pour out before Him my complaint; before Him I tell my trouble.
Jeremiah 33:3 - ‘Call to me and I will answer and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’
Matthew 7:7 - “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”.
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Halfway through the Season of Lent and Easter is fast approaching, I took a moment of self-assessment, how and where I am in my reflection and preparation. Whilst I recall the past two weeks, a memory of a not so recent but not so long ago life changing event popped up. It was when I made a confession to a priest after so many years (so long ago that I cannot remember the last time I did), that refueled my faith and brought me closer to God. Years prior to that confession, I’ve lived according to my own will and committed a sin way beyond I could imagine I am capable of doing. And it tormented me every single day. No matter how hard I pray and ask for forgiveness through personal prayers, the guilt kept hunting me. But we have a true and living God, and by His grace and mercy, God Himself made a way and picked me up. God reconnected me to a friend whose faith in Him is great, he counseled and encouraged me to go see a priest and confess. Only then I got to feel again the peace and freedom that I’ve been missing from the guilt that tormented me for years. The forgiveness I have received and experienced on that day not only gave me back my peace and freedom, but also and most importantly, a new life with Jesus Christ, the Most High Priest, our Lord and Savior. It’s never too late to come back to God and rekindle your relationship with Him. Repent, pray and ask for forgiveness. After all, it’s what this season is all about.