I’m guest posting this week for my friend Michelle DeRusha, the author of the fantastic books Spiritual Misfit and 50 Women Every Christian Should Know. I’m sharing a guest post based on my new book Pray, Write, Grow: Cultivating Prayer and Writing Together. While I suggest in my book that prayer practices can help us write, we first need to sort out where we’ll begin with prayer:
One of my most intense moments in prayer started on a whim.
I sat down to pray in our living room one morning, and for some reason my mind kept venturing back to the moments of my deepest shame.
The relationships I’d messed up in college.
The many stupid things I said during our first year of marriage.
The time (times?) I placed unreasonable expectations on a good friend.
As I squirmed and fretted over my shame, I had a “revolutionary” thought: “What if I just prayed as if God knew all about this stuff already?”
We Bring Our Vulnerabilities to Prayer
I’m not breaking new ground when I say that we can’t hide anything from God or that we don’t have to be perfect in order to approach God. That’s pretty much covered from most pulpits on Sunday morning.
Actually living as if we have nothing to hide and God still loves us is quite another matter.