There is so much fear and agony in us. Fear of people, fear of God, and much raw, undefined, free-floating anxiety. I wonder if fear is not our main obstacle to prayer.
When we enter into the presence of God and start to sense that huge reservoir of fear in us, we want to run away into the many distractions that our busy world offers abundantly.
But we should not be afraid of our fears. We can confront them, give words to them, cry out to God, and lead our fears into the presence of the One who says: “Don’t be afraid, it is I.”
(Henri Nouwen, Spiritual Direction, 58)
Friends, this week challenge yourself to bring your whole self into prayer — even the self you feel doesn’t belong there, even the self you’ve never brought there before, even the self you can hardly stand to look at.
Challenge yourself to move through your fears to a place of genuine intimacy with God.
You are whole. You are loved. You are known.
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Which self are you least afraid to bring before God? Which self are you most afraid to bring before God? What part of your life is needing to be freed from fear and soaked in prayer?