IN A CERTAIN SENSE, it doesn’t matter what you say in your conversation with Jesus. When it comes to the spiritual life, who you talk to is more important than what you say. Your questions aren’t as important as the person to whom you address your questions. Even if you use the Psalms as the words of your prayers, thinking that somehow these (or any other words) are the “right” words to pray would be foolish. Instead, the Psalms demonstrate that any words—even despondent, angry, or violent words—can be constructive if and when addressed to God. (Seriously, if you haven’t read the Psalms, take a look; they contain a full range of human emotion. Some of them are downright shocking.) As disappointed, frustrated, or lost as you may feel from time to time, dare to address your disappointment, frustration, and anguish in prayer to God rather than letting a sense of propriety or shame sucker you into letting the conversation lapse—either by putting on airs of piety or cutting off communication entirely. Candor with God is key.
Let Me Ask You a Question: Conversations with Jesus, (Upper Room Books, 2018)
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their cry.
—Psalm 34:15 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
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