Hope · Prayer

“Pray then like this”

May we be relentless truth seekers holding fast to the confession of our faith, the eternal, unfailing goodness of our God. May we not shy away from asking the difficult questions.
Why sorrow? Why silence? Why tragedy? When will it end? What’s the point?

15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have betrayed the generation of your children. 16 But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, 17 until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end.
Psalm 73:15-17

Sometimes God seems silent, apathetic or distant from our deepest heart cries for understanding, justice or mercy. In those moments, doubts and lies are swift to speak into our apprehensions. Is God listening? Are His answers good? Is the cosmic power mocking our pain, our frustrations, our fears?
The mighty God of Heaven and earth hears every prayer, counts every tear, and answers every heart cry of His dear ones with the only perfect answer. Always.
When God seems silent, apathetic, powerless, or anything less than our greatest advocate, when the answers simply don’t make any sense, it’s usually so because our finite minds are limited in understanding to a particular place and time. We cannot understand the course of all of history or all that is yet to come. Our hearts are in great danger of despair when powerful emotions are quick to convince us that that doesn’t matter.
In the greatest tragedies, the ones that shake us to our core, He is not apathetic or distant. He doesn’t mock our tears, He counts them and offers hope, mercy, justice. Even if it doesn’t look like we’d expect. He is the Light in our darkness.
My heart finds exceedingly great comfort in practicing Matthew 6:9. It’s my only hope.
“Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be thy name…”
Ask the heavy questions, lament, cry out, plead for God’s justice and mercy, but remember this always: His ways are higher than our ways. His deep concern for the intimate, ultimate good of our souls spans more than a moment in time. His name is perfectly pure. His name is set apart from all that is sinful, weak and worldly. His name is Holy.
Only when we acknowledge and embrace the fact that He is Holy, can we find great peace and hope in His every answer, regardless of how they appear through the lens of a tainted human heart.
May we ask the difficult questions in faith, may we find peace in His perfect answers, all the while regarding His name as Holy.

2 thoughts on ““Pray then like this”

  1. Appreciate the quote from Psalm 73 – it captures a very common kind of temptation, as well as the “way of escape”, and is one of my favorites!

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