Hebrews 4:16 Advises us to "...approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need."

Have you every found it tough to pray? You prayed but the heaven's seemed brass, your prayers just bounced back to you? I have experienced such times. This can happen when we are reluctant to tell God how we are really feeling. We might even stop in mid-sentence, fearful of being disrespectful of our Heavenly Father.

If we are willing to take a trip through the Psalms we will find ways that can help us pray more openly as we study the life of David. As we read David's conversations with God we realize that he was not afraid to be completely honest with the Lord.

Hear are a few examples from his prayer times: "Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger." (6:1)"Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint.' (6:2)"Why, Lord, do you stand far off?" (10:1)""Do not turn a deaf ear to me."( 28:1)"Contend, Lord with those who contend with me." (35:1)"Hear my prayer, O God" (54:2)"Listen to my prayer O God, do not ignore my plea." (55:1)

Think about David's approach. He was saying to God: "Help me!" "Listen to me!" "Don't be mad at me!" "where are you?" David boldly went to God and told Him what was on his mind. Of course, God expects us to come to Him with a clean heart, and we need to approach Him with reverence - but we don't have to be afraid to tell God what we are thinking and feeling. He knows anyway and is longing for us to share this with Him.

The song writer wrote:
      Prayer gently lifts me to highest Heaven
     from earth's confusion to Jesus' breast,
     My sin and weakness, my doubt and sorrow,
     are lost forever in sweetest rest.

Prayer is an open line to Heaven.

In His Service,
David Dean
Chaplain/Volunteer Coordinator
"This is the day the Lord has made."