The words and forms of prayer may vary,
but the thoughts remain the same.
Help me. Increase my strength.
Make me wise. Heal me.
Inspire me. Restoreth my soul.
– Suzanne Slesin & Emily Gwathmey
Prayer is one sure conduit to God, a way to express who we truly are and who we truly want to be – if we are honest with ourselves and God. Even so, it is still frightening to reveal one’s true self to God. You would think not since He already knows, but in reality, we are revealing our true selves to us – we are looking at ourselves through the Love of God. If I am truly honest and I mean hold-nothing-back honest, then I will see what God sees – a poor soul who is nothing without Grace and Love. It is a scary prospect to be so real, so raw before God, or rather, before ourselves.
In my prayers I try to be honest about how I feel about myself or another person. It is not always easy. To be truly honest I have to admit to feelings of jealousy, anger, fear and all the other ugly emotions and opinions I don’t like to admit having. Having those feelings or emotions is not how I like to see myself.
Sometimes I get this trumped of feeling of spiritual superiority – like I am better than this person or that person because—because–well, just because I am me, a blessed child of God. Boy if that don’t beat all – imagine going before God, humbly, with that high opinion of myself and asking Him to bless me and mine.
Instead, I need to ask God to remind me I am no better nor worse than the man, woman or child standing next to me. God loves us all equally and without reservation and favors no one person over another. It may seem that one person may have God’s blessing while another doesn’t, but I don’t know what has gone on in the prayer closet of that person that has allowed the Universe to respond positively with riches.
In God’s epic graciousness, I am always forgiven for my frailties and my pride. And like God, I must learn to forgive myself, thereby learning to forgive others their faults. It is easy to pray the Lord’s Prayer – “forgive them their trespasses as You forgive ours” – it is way harder to live it.
So my thought, my prayer for this day is –thank you God for that in Your Eyes and Heart I am no better nor worse than anyone else. That I am loved equally as the rest of creation. And that I need Your help to be totally honest with You because in reality I need to be totally honest with myself.
**Please note, I will not be posting for a few days as I have an unexpected trip out of town. I will start posting again mid-week. Thank you for reading!**