Day 10: Praying Brave With a Yes Heart
Praying brave requires honesty and a humble heart. These are the two attributes I think of as I read Donna’s heart:
I may be a bit of a hoarder.
Maybe hoarder is not the best description but I do like to hold onto things. Those who know me well are thinking I have lost my mind, because I get accused of being hard-hearted all of the time……I admit, I throw away lots of things and don’t hold on to things that others may view as sentimental but that is neither here nor there. I am a hoarder.
Mostly I hoard resentment, bitterness, and some not so good thoughts about people on occasions. I hoard guilt, shame, regret and negative thoughts about myself even when I know the truth. I hoard anger and depression when things are not going my way. See, I told you I am a hoarder. So what’s the point Donna?
Let’s take a look in Luke 7:36-38
“Then one of the Pharisee’s asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears and wiped them with hair of her head and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.”
So here is this woman, a sinner (just like me) who went right up to Jesus bravely and let it all go. She brought with her an alabaster jar full of her most expensive perfume and broke it open knowing that it would never be filled again. But more than that she brought her heart that may have been hoarding regret, anger, bitterness, or shame and allowed Jesus to break it open knowing that He would fill it up to overflowing. Overflowing with things far more valuable than anything she could fill it with.
Brave prayers require us to bring it.
We must choose to take our most prized possession….our hearts and all the things we hoard in it….break them open and pour them out at the feet of Jesus knowing that He will fill it back up to overflowing.
Join me in prayer:
Lord, help us to bring it. Lord, help us to bring our most prized possession and our most difficult things to you. Lord, help us to harbor You in our hearts so that we can be full when we feel most empty. Lord, thank you for allowing us to pray brave prayers and for always being faithful. Lord, I pour myself out to You.
Luke 7:36-38, Psalm 119:162, 2 Corinthians 4:8