If you read my article on the word Christian then you will already know that the word alone has caused me to mull it over. If you have not had the chance to read it, I do suggest reading it prior to proceeding with this one. It gives you a good idea where I stand on this word.
Let us look at the word Sincere. According to dictionary.com the word sincere means “genuine; real: a sincere effort to improve; a sincere friend.” That leads me to believe that a Sincere Christian is genuine, makes a real effort and is a friend through faith.
So where am I going with this. Well I feel compelled to bring up one of my major down falls. I am sincere when I say I will do it, but fall short of actually doing it. It is not intentional and it is not consistent in the manner in which I promised.
What is it you ask…prayer. When someone asks me for it or when I offer to keep them in it, I sometimes fail to remember to do it. The intention was truly sincere, but the action incomplete.
I am an extremely shy person, who has a hard time praying publicly. Not because I am afraid of what people think, but because I am afraid I will do it wrong or stumble over my words. Will I sound sincere or false? Anytime I struggle with a concept I turn to the Bible. What does the Bible have to say about prayer? The answer is a lot simpler than I thought.
Psalm 17:1 says “[ A prayer of David. ] Hear, O LORD, my righteous plea; listen to my cry. Give ear to my prayer- it does not rise from deceitful lips.” That is the key idea. It does not rise from deceitful lips, it is sincere. So does it matter if I stumble or fall on my words? No. It does not. All that matters is that we pray with a sincere heart. Time and time again the Bible tells us that the Lord hears our prayers and He knows our heart.
My challenge for myself is quit simple. Instead of offering prayer I will stop and ask “do you mind if I pray with you now?”
If you are that shy person, who just can not pray aloud, let me recommend writing the request down. To take it one step further, take a dry erase marker and write that persons name and prayer request on your mirror (test your mirror to make sure it will wipe away easily). You’re sure to see it several times a day and it will remind you to stop and take a moment to lift that persons prayer request to the Lord.
Bible verses found @ http://biblegateway.com NIV Translation