I’ve facilitated dozens of people through hundreds of prayer ministry sessions. Here in the company of each other and the Holy Spirit individuals turn towards the Lord.
Everyone comes with unresolved pain, unrecognized conclusions about life, fears they can’t quite name, anxiety, and more and as I direct and lead them in bringing these kinds of things to the feet of Christ and his cross and into the throne room of God there is never a harsh word spoken. Never.
Time after time, for years now, I suggest, “Ask Jesus what you do with this” And as they take their query to the Lord, always unsure and risking to bare this part of their life to God, the Holy Spirit always replies and directs in warmth, affirmation, compassion. Always.
And burdens are lifted time after time after time after time after time.
The hard work is the turning to God. We all have shame and embarrassments, regrets and disappointments, lies and condemnations playing over in our lives in one degree or another. These are the things that keep us from God.
But not because God is holding these things against us, no, rather it is us who hold these things between us and God.
We have our failures, we have our sin, we have our shame, whatever it may be, and we keep it close to our hearts trying, trying, trying to overcome and solve and fix this thing that just won’t go away.
We orient to our broken lives and turn away from God in our shame. But the thing only gets worse when we do this with cycles of despondency and failure taking hold, increasing our guilt, increasing our fear, increasing our anxiety.
It is only as we realize that we cannot fix this thing or our lives, only when we come to the end of ourselves, that we are convinced to turn toward God, to fix our eyes on Christ, and to open ourselves to his grace in our lives.
For the grace of Christ is a powerful agent of transformation. By it we are changed. Simple as that.
It’s not about our working at things harder. Christ didn’t die for this.
It’s not about our making things right. Most things cannot be made right.
It’s not about our striving, service, sacrifice. You can’t make it happen.
It’s about grace and the power of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Hang out with him and you will become a different, more whole, healthy, balanced, wise, content, person.
You will increase in holiness, righteousness, patience, peace, love, just to name a few.
I have personally entered into these intimate conversations with the Lord via prayer ministry well over a hundred times and as I bring my own stuff to the Lord I am changed in my perspective of God simply by how he conducts these conversations.
And then, in the witness to dozens of others encountering the same God again and again and again, I stand as a witness to the gracious manner of the Lord.
God is not out to get you. God is not out to get anyone.
God will not embarrass you. God will not uncover your shame.
In the book of Genesis 9 we find the story of Moses becoming drunk and laying uncovered in his tent. We read that his son Ham saw his nakedness and proceeded to talk about it to others; Ham increased the uncovering of his father.
Then we read that Shem and Japheth took a garment and walking backwards covered over their fathers nakedness; they refused to participate in his uncovering but instead committed themselves to his dignity regardless of his drunken state.
This is exactly how God is with us. THIS IS EXACTLY HOW GOD IS WITH YOU AND I.
God is committed to your dignity regardless of your drunken (fill it in for yourself) state.
I’ve seen it hundreds of times. I’ve experienced it myself hundreds of times.
God covers over our nakedness. He does not expose, humiliate, condemn.
In this we have confidence to come before the throne of grace receiving life afresh.
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
Amen and amen with all praise to you Lord.