Psalm 32:5-7 (ESV)
5 I acknowledged my sin to you,
and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
6 Therefore let everyone who is godly
offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found;
surely in the rush of great waters,
they shall not reach him.
7 You are a hiding place for me;
you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah
As Christians, we repent of our sins to God so we can have forgiveness. We usually repent when we make a huge mistake and feel guilty about it. Others just ask for forgiveness during the confessions at church on Sunday, and nowhere else.
But that is not what we are called to do. We are called to ask God for forgiveness on a daily basis, which means we need to pray to Him daily. We are not meant to use Him as just a lifeline during the great rushing waters of life. We are meant to converse with Him daily, praying not just for forgiveness but also for provision, guidance, strength, and intercession for others. Along with praying for those things, our prayers are meant as praise and thanksgiving to God as well. Think about prayer as a conversation; these are all different conversations that we can have with Him.
As the Psalmist writes, God is his hiding place and refuge of strength away from the harshness of this life. God should be the first we go to no matter the circumstance. He is like another family member at the dinner table that you talk to about your day. He is that and so much more. He is Supreme so He can actually do something about your complaints and needs. God is the ultimate protector and provider that wants to be in relation with you. He wants you to let Him in and communicate with Him.
So during this Lenten season rely on God and talk to Him. He wants this relationship with you. He loves you and is there to be your refuge of strength in the midst of both light and darkness.
God give me a hunger to talk to you. Help me to thirst for your provision, not only in the bad times but also the good. Help to want more of you and desire your ear and voice. God I want you to be my refuge of strength. Amen