Health & Spirit

Spiritual Life: An honest prayer comes from the heart

Timothy J. Ledbetter, Tri-City Herald on

Published in Religious News

Prayer is usually not about polite deference, theological analysis or public emotionalism. It is beyond daring to face the Great I Am, the Mystery of Life, the Almighty Maker of Heaven and Earth; it is about confronting the Beloved One ... with shaking fist and tear-choked lament.

Certainly the lament can and does flow the other way: "You (people) have forgotten me (God) and trusted in the lie. I will (shame you)!" (Jeremiah 13:25ff). That's another critical topic.

Here, the focus is on encouraging you to not just pray about your life experiences, but to pray them.

Pray honestly and forthrightly. Go right to the heart of the matter in direct, unabashed faith. Pray from the bowels of your being about the stuff that matters most to you.

"O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water" (Psalm 63:1 NRSV).

About The Writer

Timothy J. Ledbetter, DMin, BCC serves as a Board Certified Chaplain helping persons in crisis effectively cope and find their hope in hospital and hospice settings and is a Tri-City Herald Spiritual Life contributor. He is married and delights in their children and grandchildren. He also enjoys camping and boating. email:

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