You know the deal- you’re praying. And while that’s happening, your thoughts, distractions, the enemy and God are all at war for your focus. It’s like Inside Out on ‘roids. Today I was driving and praying for one of my sons when I thought, “Anna. How are you gonna pray right now when you just went off on Rob like 10 minutes ago? And how are you gonna pray when you — -”
“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power…”
In the thick of my self-scolding, a soft spoken but powerful scripture cut through.
“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” ~James 5:16
So…what do I need to do to be righteous? Absolutely nothing. I have confessed Jesus as my Lord, so I am righteous. Not self righteous, nope. I’m the righteousness of God himself:
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” ~2 Corinthians 5:21
Whaaaat!? That’s right. I’m reminded–even when I don’t measure up to my own standards, God made it so I measure up to His. I am the righteousness of Christ because of what He did for me at The Cross. I did nothing to earn it, but I…am…righteous. Therefore my heartfelt prayers are powerful and they are heard.
I will never be “good” or “perfect” or “well behaved” enough. And that’s not false humility or a cry for help, nor is it an excuse to act a dang fool. It’s a declaration of what God has done for me. And because of Him, I can enter boldly and confidently into God’s presence. Because HE is good enough.
So…When I want to ask for something but think I don’t deserve it, I will ask anyway.
When I want to go to church but I feel like an impostor because I’ve just had a yelling match with Rob, I will go to church anyway.
When I want to be close to God but feel I don’t deserve to come near Him because I haven’t been doing enough praying and Bible reading, I will seek Him anyway.
When I want to pray but doubt God wants to hear from me because I haven’t done enough to merit a response from Him, I will pray anyway.
I won’t allow the enemy, other people or even myself to stop me from connecting with and loving God and others.
Saying it out loud: I am righteous. Thank you, God. So….I’ma do it anyway.
Have you ever felt this way? Did you stop yourself from doing what your knew you needed to because you felt guilty, far from God, or ashamed? Share your experience in the comments below. I’d love to hear your story.