2024 21 Day Fast Devotional — Day 13: Prayer is Vulnerable
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” – Psalm 56:3 (NIV)
When novices begin learning to cook, they are encouraged to try cooking white rice. To many, it is a less intimidating dish. What cooks will find, though, is that rice requires two competing elements: water and oil. Our common knowledge tells us that oil and water don’t mix. Yet, when we follow the recipe, the blend of these seemingly incompatible ingredients creates something of high value.
This experience parallels prayer. We recognize the value and necessity of prayer, but often, we attempt to compartmentalize our prayers into categories like gratitude or anguish. We sometimes desire to present neat, orderly prayers to God, not realizing that growth in prayer means accepting the mixture of elements that don’t always mix. This Psalm models this. David, having fled 23 miles from his son, who attempted to take his life, finds himself in Gath, Goliath’s hometown, surrounded by more threats. In this crisis, David’s prayer combines two seemingly contradictory elements: fear and faith. He shows us that prayer is a means to convey both emotions to God, who can handle them.
Prayer is our chance to approach the Creator with transparency and authenticity. We shouldn’t conceal our worries or emotions. It’s a space where we can express our fears and trust in a God known for consistency and compassion, even in challenging times. Often, we view faith as an insurance policy, designed to shield us from life’s problems. However, just like an insurance policy only gains relevance in times of trouble, so does prayer when we face difficulties. That is the ideal time to let fear and faith coexist in our prayers. Prayer provides a sanctuary where fear and faith can coexist, where our vulnerabilities meet His strength.
Prayer and Reflection
Today, take a moment to confront your challenges, no matter how difficult, and rest in
the truth that God cares for you. If you struggle to let fear and faith coexist, bring both to
Him in your prayers and let Him work during this time.