1 Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, in sackcloth, and with [a]dust on their heads. 2 Then those of Israelite lineage separated themselves from all foreigners; and they stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers. 3 And they stood up in their place and read from the Book of the Law of the Lord their God for one-fourth of the day; and for another fourth they confessed and worshiped the Lord their God.
An honest prayer is a prayer with no deceit or deception. An honest prayer is being transparent and vulnerable to God.
In praying honest prayers:
Confess Our Sins (Neh. 9:1&2)
Confess our iniquity and sins that are in our family lineage. Confessing our sins gets our hearts right.
Comprehend God’s Word (Neh. 9:3)
Brings understanding of what God has to say on the subject (Psalm 119:125)
Shines light into the dark areas of our hearts (Psalm 119:130)
Gives us hope (Psalm 119:114)
Gives us life (Psalm 32:1-5 NLT)
Comprehending God’s Word gets our heads right.
Commit to Live It (Neh. 9:38, 10:28-29)
When we commit to live out God’s Word, we will have confidence in our prayers. Committing to live it gets our hands rights.
“Could it be that we don’t have genuine celebration because we have not had honest communication with God?” – Pastor Bill Johnson
Honest communication with God will result in genuine celebration. (Neh 9:5-8)