In the last few weeks in my personal readings, I have come across two powerful statements that seem indelible and perpetual in my memory. The statements are very relevant and biblical to our personal relationship with Jesus Christ in general and our prayer life through Him to God in particular. The first word/statement of wisdom from “Inspirational Daily” says, “When we can no longer change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” More often than not, we all tend to think that whenever we are having a bad time or difficult situation it’s that situation/environment we need to change instead of our attitude which comes from within. In His teaching, Jesus said that it is not the environment or what goes into our mouth that defiles us, but what comes out of the mouth from the heart emphasizing , “For out of the heart comes evil thought – murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.” (Matthew 15:16-19). The authentic truth of the Christian faith is that Jesus came to transform by changing our sinful heart condition, cleansing it by the power of the Holy Spirit to begin to live a new life through forgiveness of sin (John 3:16, 10:10, Romans 12:1-2). When our heart and life changes, our attitude to situations changes and we have the right kind of motive to live to please and glorify God (Matthew 5:13-16). And the more we seek to know, love and obey God through the new life, the more we are able to discern His will and purpose for good, fulfilling life and pray the right kind of prayer.
The other word/statement of wisdom is that said by Brandon Cox from his own personal experience thus: “It is better to be real than to be good.” He said of himself: “There was a season of leadership for me in which I wasn’t very happy on the inside. I had knowledge and skills. I could do the job pretty well. But I was dying emotionally because I wasn’t being real-with myself, my wife, my Church or the world at large. Skills are great. Necessary even… But far more necessary in leadership is a commitment to being real and fighting against fake.” The biblical application of this message is the truth that Jesus came to give us freedom and deliver us from all kinds of bondage to sin, hurts destructive habits that log and originate inside us. He came to deliver us from fake life, hypocrisy and self-deception as well as mere material things that rob us of joy and peace on the inside. We can certainly trust Jesus with everything that affect our wellbeing and He will deliver and help us to be real rather than fake! I call and encourage us to be real even in our prayer life. Dr. Johnson Omoni