Monday, March 29, 2021

1 Chronicles 29:18 Scripture Meditation by Stephen Taylor

1 Chronicles 29:18

“LORD, the God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel, keep these desires and thoughts in the hearts of your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to you.”

Are you praying honest prayers? This part of David’s prayer speaks to me about the vulnerability and tendency of people to forget God and turn to other things.

Why would David have to ask God to keep their hearts loyal unless he knew that they were predisposed to sway or change?

Often, I have judged prayer life by the words I have spoken more than the heart behind it, and I believe the Lord does the exact opposite. I believe to Him, it’s the heart behind it more than the lofty words I may use. That being said, I do believe that as we grow and evolve in the Lord, our prayer life should also!

Do you pray what’s honestly on your heart, or what you think He wants to hear? When you’re scared, do you tell Him? When you’re angry, do you vent and ask for peace? When you’re sad, do you ask why and ask Him to please help? Or do we gloss over it and skip the heart of the issue? 

**Spoiler Alert** God already knows what you’re feeling and thinking, so you might as well tell Him and allow Him to walk you through it!

You might ask, “If God already knows all, then why do I need to tell Him?” I believe the answer is because He loves you and wants you to know it! Imagine how if every time your child told you about some new discovery in their lives, like how to count to 5, and every time you were like, “Yeah, I already know that”. Eventually, they would stop coming to you, but if you listen intently and are as excited as them, then that makes them want to share more! I feel like this can be applied to our prayer lives with our Perfect Loving Father!

One of the most honest powerful prayers I ever heard was in a prayer group in prison. It went something like this: “ Dear God, I don’t know how to do this, but I know I need You!” The humble honest cry of a sinner’s heart in desperate need of the Savior!

I love you all. God bless! Glory, Honor, and Praise now and forever to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!


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