Welcome to my ongoing Monday series, Prayer from A to Z, where you’ll receive coaching and encouragement to make your prayer life soar.

One of the most beautiful aspects of a vital prayer life is the thrill of being known—really known—by the Creator of the universe. This happens when we allow ourselves to authentically express our hearts to the God who desires us to do just that.
When you’re praying, don’t ever hold back what’s deep in your heart. The truth is, God sees it all anyway. And your prayer time is the one time you can truly express the secret longings, hopes, and dreams to One who will never betray you, laugh at you, or misunderstand you.
Take some time to study King David’s ability to genuinely express himself throughout the book of Psalms. He was a man after God’s own heart because he regularly expressed his heart, his emotions, and his thoughts to the Lord. God was King David’s safe place to express all the issues that troubled him.
Our prayer time is meant to be a shady, cool, refreshing refuge into which we duck in the heat of life’s aches, hurts, and disappointments. It is there that we are free to vent, cry, and spill our anguish, truly allowing our hearts to be known by the One who cherishes us most.

Trust, lean on, rely on, and have confidence in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before Him. God is a refuge for us, a fortress and a high tower. (Psalm 62:8)
I cry to the Lord with my voice;, with my voice to the Lord do I make my supplication. I pour out my complaint before Him; I tell before Him my trouble. (Psalm 142:1-2)


Susan said...

Love this one, Julie. I used to feel like I had to pray stilted, godly-sounding prayers. But studying the life of David completely transformed my prayer life. I tell God EVERYTHING now - the good, the bad & the ugly. He knows it all anyway, so why should I slap a coat of whitewash on it?

Blessings to you today!!

Cheryl Barker said...

Am so thankful that we can unashamedly and unreservedly pour out our hearts to the Lord. By the way, I love reading David's heart in the Psalms. Many times they are just the words I need to express to the Father as well.

Have a great week, Julie!

Diane said...

Thank you for the usual encouragement. Love how you share your heart with us. :O)

Karen said...

I love the high tower! A place to get away and be close to Him. Thanks, Julie.


Ah, it takes time to discover what is in my heart. This is good.

AmyAlves said...

Julie, your Monday prayer posts always bless me! Especially this one tonight. I love Psalm 27:8 NLT ~ My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” ~ Blessings tonight sister, and I hope your body is healed soon. Amy

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