“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.” Psalm 34:17 (ESV)
Several years ago, I remember being asked the question, “How is your prayer life?” and always responding that it was either “good” or “bad”. I knew in my heart though that my “prayer life” was almost nonexistent. The fight, or lack of fight, against sin mirrored my prayer walk with God. Instead of abiding in prayer I was abiding in sin…and I was losing the war I waged.
Shame, guilt, and fear started to infect my broken spirit and I felt unworthy to talk to God. These ungodly thoughts continued to lie to me and tell me that I needed to be good and clean myself up before I came to Him. Christians, I’m here to tell you that it is never our righteousness that gives us good standing to approach the throne of grace…it is only through the righteousness of Christ (Ephesians 2:18). God wants to hear from us, and in fact, loves to hear our voice (Matthew 11:28). Dear sisters, we need not fear about how we are to approach God or worry about what we are to say. Praying to our heavenly Father is not technical, its relational.
The Christian life should not merely consist of having a “prayer life” but instead, living a life of prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). The Gospel of Jesus Christ is unlike any other religion which requires you to fix yourself, then draw near. Instead, the Gospel invites all to come who are in despair. We are weak and broken but God still calls us. We must rejoice— because of Christ we can boldly approach the throne (Hebrews 4:16). We don’t have to have it all together, He hears us, and this is good news! With the confidence of Christ we can become women who pray by faith, trusting in a loving, compassionate God.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your goodness and mercy. Thank you for Jesus and His righteousness. I humble myself and come to you. I pray that You would remind me of Your grace always and give me peace as I boldly approach the throne of grace. Help me to rejoice in the righteousness of Christ and rest in it. Amen.
Are you struggling with prayer? Weary friend, rest in the hands of a Father who loves you beyond comprehension as you learn to cry for His help daily. Mediate on Psalm 34:17 and remember that apart from Christ, we can do nothing.