Talk to God

I have encountered some people who feel that a Christian ought to project a “perfect” life. I’m not sure how they came to that conclusion, but because they felt this way they didn’t appear “real” to others. Sometimes people are afraid to admit their faults because others might ridicule or shame them. If we are not honest with one another, then how can we help each other? I think about these two Scripture verses: James 5:16, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other…” (NIV), and Galatians 6:2, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (NIV). We should be honest with one another, but most especially we must be honest with God– even though He already knows what we are thinking and feeling, there is something in speaking about our feelings/thoughts with Him that helps to change our perspective.

We often set boundaries, being careful in knowing when, and with whom, to divulge. Sometimes we can’t divulge everything, even when we trust the person we usually confide in; but we have God. I think about Matthew 6:6, “… when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen…” (NIV). The Scripture verse is about people who pray in public just to appear righteous, but I think the fact that we should go into a room and pray to God on our own shows that He is the only One we can truly express our most inner thoughts and feelings. Sometimes people are so distraught that they can’t even verbally express what they feel, but God understands us, “…We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God” (NIV).

So, the take-away is, we need to be “real” with others—none of us are perfect, which means we all make mistakes. We should share our faults and heartache with one another, but sometimes we can’t so we must turn to God. Even though you might not know what or how to pray, go someplace to be alone and just talk to God.

Copyright © 2018 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti
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I struggle

I thought about an incident that happened when I was a student at Southern Seminary. I was in a “Formations” class—a course where you learn how to pray more, read the Bible more, etc. This particular class was for female students only. I wanted that because I thought it would give us an opportunity to really discuss some of our struggles.

Around the second day we were asked about our personal devotional life. No one said anything, so I thought I would share that I really struggled to find time to read the Bible and to pray consistently. Instead of people saying how they also struggled, people just looked at me. After a few seconds of silence, I said, “I guess I’m the only one that struggles with that.”

Then a woman, who had two small children, said, “I have a two hour personal worship time every night after I put the kids to sleep.” Wow! Really? Personal worship every night for two hours with small children? Are you kidding me?

So out of the class of 20-25 students, I was the only one that struggled. I found that hard to believe.

I’m not sure why people pretend that their lives are so perfect. We know that humans are not perfect so their lives wouldn’t be perfect either. If we never admit to one another that we struggle then how could we carry each other’s burdens (Galatians 6:2)?

The way I see it, if a person is not experiencing spiritual struggles then there’s no growth happening.

To me, it’s a lot like exercising the body. When a person is working out then there will be sore muscles, but the person who doesn’t work out will not have soreness.

In the same way, those who are trying to grow in their spiritual walk will experience struggles because the very act of spiritually growing results in struggles. In other words, there would be no need for Satan to attack or discourage someone if that person was not trying to grow closer to God.

Just as a foot needs the leg and the finger needs a hand, Christians need one another. Stop pretending to be perfect, and admit that you need help. We all need some form of accountability so that someone can encourage us to keep going.

In 1 Corinthians 12:24-27, it says,

“…God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it” (NLT).

Christianity isn’t a “one-man show.” It’s teamwork—we can’t do life alone, we need each other.

I struggle to read the Bible and pray consistently. How about you?

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti