Fasting Devotional Day Two: Monday, January 3, 2022 By Heather Lambert
Text: Matthew 6:7-8 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
In our humanity, we often struggle with insecurities. When we doubt our personal worth or value, performance-ism can set in. We can begin to believe our value lies in WHAT we do instead of WHO we are and WHOSE we are. Being stressed about the impression we might make when we pray can very often be traced right back to our insecurities. Dear Friend, let me reassure you today. You are loved, accepted, redeemed, chosen, blessed, adopted, forgiven, and loved. What great news! Want some even better news? These gifts have NOTHING to do with you, but EVERYTHING to do with the goodness of our Father. All my children have made mistakes, some bigger than others, yet there is NOTHING they could ever do that would cause me to stop loving them, give up on them, or not forgive them. Why? Because I love them so! Please hear those words coming from your heavenly Father, OH, how he loves YOU! When we are assured of his love, we come to Him with vulnerability, honesty, and confession, admitting our great need for Him.
Pray! Pray! Pray! Do not allow the enemy any foothold into your prayer life by accusing you that you are not a “good prayer,” that you don’t know what to say, or that God won’t hear your prayers. The heart of humility and confession is ALWAYS accepted, comforted, and embraced by our Father God. He is waiting to hear your heart right now! Take some time to pray, cry out to Him, He is listening.