On the day before a major exam, I shared with my friend that I was really
scared about the test. “What part scares you?” she inquired. “I’m just so afraid that I won’t be able to recall the statistics formulas,” I replied. Immediately, Asita prayed: “God, you know all about Mark’s fear. Please calm his heart and fill him with Your peace. And, Lord, please help him remember those formulas for the test.”
I think God likes that kind of specificity when we talk on the Lord. When the blind beggar, called out to Jesus for help, Jesus said,
“What do you want Me to do for you?” And the blind man said, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight!” Jesus said, “Go your way; your faith has made you well” Mark 10:51-52.
We don’t need to beat around the bush with God. While there may be a time to pray poetically as David did, there are also times to say bluntly, “God, I’m so sorry for what I just said,” or to say simply, “Lord, I love You because . . . .” Being specific with God can even be a sign of faith because we are
acknowledging that we know we’re not talking to a far-off Being but to a real Person who loves us intimately.
God is not impressed by a flurry of fanciful words. He is listening for what our heart is saying. So, let your heart speak to God not your head. And be specific.
See you next Sunday.