Written by Kayla Bourgeois
Just As I Am
Being completely transparent, I had a rough time at the beginning of this 21 days of prayer truly buying in. Sometimes it’s scary to be quiet and alone with God because when you get alone with God, you become exposed. You can’t hide behind the facade that you put on for everyone else. You can’t hide from someone who knows the truth, who knows the real you.
How strange is it that our human nature is to pull away from the one source that can solve our problems? Just think about it. How many people hate going to the doctor or the dentist? “Oh, I’ll be okay, I’ll just get some rest.” “I’m fine, healthy as an ox (sneeze).” “I don’t get sick” or “I’ll just sweat it out.” You get the point. How silly is that when there is a professional who knows the answer, who has the remedy who is the healer. And we know that, but it doesn’t make going any easier.
The main reason behind that behavior is discomfort with vulnerability. Going to the doctor is an admittance that something is wrong and will likely require change or action on our part to get healing.
But who better to be vulnerable with, than the God who specializes in your specific area of infirmity?
Whenever you feel alone. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; Do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” –Joshua 1:9
When you don’t think anyone cares about your situation. “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” –1 Peter 5:7
When you feel overlooked and question when it will be my turn to be blessed? “Let us not become weary in doing good, rather proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” –Galatians 6:9
When you think you’ve strayed too far away. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” –Romans 5:8
As a reminder to myself, and all of us, Philippians 4:19 says “my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Jesus Christ,” but it starts with being honest in prayer and trusting Him enough to bring it to the Father. He can’t begin to heal what we won’t acknowledge.
Thank you for loving us enough not to leave us where we are. That we can come to you God and bring our weaknesses, our vulnerabilities, our needs and lay them at your feet because you are a God who cares for us. Bring awareness to any areas in our lives that we aren’t fully giving you access to and dominion over. You are a loving father and I pray that this be a reminder that we can come to you just as we are. In Jesus’ name, Amen.