If there’s one thing the Psalms have taught me, it’s that there’s no such thing as being too candid in prayer. In chapter 74, Asaph is responding to the complete devastation of Israel that took place in 2 Kings 25. The Temple, and everything holy within it and around it, was completely destroyed by the Babylonians. And then everyone was marched off to exile.
When you keep that context in mind, the words becomes so meaningful:
“O God, why have you rejected us so long? Why is your anger so intense against the sheep of your own pasture? Remember that we are the people you chose long ago, the tribe you redeemed as your own special possession! And remember Jerusalem, your home here on earth. Walk through the awful ruins of the city; see how the enemy has destroyed your sanctuary.” 74 :1-3
I like that last sentence; the way Asaph is inviting God into their devastation. Come see for yourself how awful it is down here!
Sometimes my prayers sound like a book report, summarizing my circumstances for him. Maybe I’m listing everything I need from him, or rattling off a list of everything I’m thankful for. My best conversations with God are when I engage relationally, dialoguing with him like I would with anyone else I’m in a relationship with.
Telling him how I feel, walking him through the hardships. Asking questions, venting frustrations or gushing my affections.
I’m convinced there’s no wrong way to pray. But I’m hoping that the deeper I grow into relationship with him, the deeper our communication becomes.
What is your communication like with God?
How do you invite him in to your devastation?