Fresh Hope – Day 119

Pamela Meyer, in her recent book, ‘Liespotting’ claimed that people lie anything from 10-200 times a day.

How many times do we hear, ‘the cheque is in the post’ or ‘an engineer will be with you first thing in the morning,’ only to be let down yet again, as there was no cheque or engineer.

If lying to one another isn’t bad enough, then lying to God has surely got to be the worst…

So how do we lie to God, you may ask?

The same as we do with anyone else… through our conversation.

When we pray, we can allow a very subtle form of lying to take place, in that instead of being honest with God, we can try to conceal things from Him (as if He didn’t already know).

We can tend to pray ABOUT things that we know God will like and then pray AROUND the things that we perceive He doesn’t.

Maybe your ‘nice’ prayer today would sound something like this…

‘Lord God, I want to thank you for my family and friends, my health and my home, my car and my career. Thank you for this amazing day and for all of the opportunities that will come my way. In Jesus’ name, amen.’

At first glance, that prayer looks and sounds great, but lurking beneath the surface is another prayer that we wouldn’t dare pray…

‘Lord God, I’m really struggling to be a good husband today. I keep blowing up over the slightest thing and my anger level is at an all time high. I hate my job and I don’t think I’m paid enough money. I haven’t read my Bible now for over a week and I wish I wasn’t serving on that team this weekend at Church.’

Now, I know that someone is going to say that we shouldn’t feel like that, but the reality is there are times when we do. This being the case, we don’t feel that we can talk to God about such things, so we pretend that we are fine, while all of the time we are actually being dishonest with Him.

You cannot hide your lack of spirituality from Him, as He already knows about it anyway… He was just waiting for you to be ‘honest to God.’

Praying about absolutely everything may not sound all glamorous, but it is real, and has a great sense of authenticity about it, not to mention the great peace that follows.

Philippians 4:6-7 (MSG)

‘Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.’

Pastor Mark

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