Are you “Fine!” , “Busy busy!”, “Blessed!”, “Great!” ? Are you “Ugh, don’t ask!”, “Exhausted, but I’ll be okay.”, “It doesn’t matter.”, or “Staying above water.” ? We often say “Fine! And you?”. Then we move on to superficial topics or practical issues that don’t require revealing personal problems. Often this is an appropriate response because not every situation is the right time for a personal conversation. But sometimes people really are interested and care about you and willing to listen.
How often do we quickly answer that question knowing that the truth is very different? Knowing that we desperately need encouragement or help or a hug, but afraid to be honest ?
Telling the truth has been become quite complicated, hasn’t it? We live in a very judgmental world and it’s hard to trust anyone with our lives these days. Thanks to social media and the way it has been used and abused by trolls and anonymous commenters , or even people we know, many of us have stopped talking about our real lives for fear that “anything you say can be used against you” in the court of social media. Or maybe you’ve been hurt by revealing private information to someone that you trusted . Or maybe someone in a position of authority such as a boss or teacher or pastor abused your trust. If so, I’m so sorry that happened to you.
But there’s one person you can still share your whole heart with, reveal your fears and failures to, cry out to for comfort and peace , and that’s Jesus. He will never kick you when you’re down. He loves you and the Great thing is he can intervene in your life with his supernatural power if you let him, and even if you don’t , but he tells us that we can come directly to him in prayer. We don’t need a priest or statue or special beads or incense or food or anything else , just begin to humbly pray in faith , believing that he is Lord of the earth and he is able to help you . Will you trust him with your heart ?
14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:14-16
If you’d like me to pray for you , please leave a comment or send me an email . Check the contact page . God bless you in your spiritual journey !
Good post Paula
How are you doing ? 😊
Excellent post and I love the way you asked if you could pray for others!
I mean it , too 😊
A good focus, especially as I get too worried about what my Twofacebook feed cares about…