Lenten Devotion: Praying with confidence

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The Psalms often give voice to our most joyous praise and our darkest lament. They hold nothing back in the name of decorum. In today’s Psalm, we hear a bold cry for help from one who is lost. The Psalmist’s unrelenting plea reflects confidence that God has the power to deliver his people.

What do the Psalms show us about how God would have us pray? Does it seem strange or uncomfortable to make such direct requests of God?

Do our more timid prayers reflect less confidence in what God can do? What keeps us from praying boldly?

Today pray the Lord’s Prayer remembering what Martin Luther wrote to those opening words, “Our Father who art in heaven…”

What does this mean? With these words God tenderly invites us to believe that He is our true Father and that we are His true children, so that with all boldness and confidence we may ask Him as dear children ask their dear father.

Live boldly and confidently as God’s child today!