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Step Three in Crisis: Pour Your Heart Out to God – Rick Warren

“I poured out my heart, baring my soul to GOD.”

Daniel 9:3 (The Message)

Over the last few devotionals, we’ve been looking at how Daniel prayed during a time of crisis in his life and the life of Israel. His response shows us how we can pray in a way that God answers.
So far we’ve learned that we must let God speak to us before we speak to him and focus our attention on God and seek him.

Then, we must express our desires with passion.

Too many of our prayers are simply cut and dried. We speak without really thinking about what we’re saying. We have the words memorized. There’s no passion or authenticity.

The truth is, God cares more about the passionate sincerity of your prayers than the words you use. Think about how the right words with the wrong emotions won’t work with your spouse. That won’t work with God, either.

Human beings are made in the image of God. He shows emotions. He gets angry. He gets sad. He gets happy.

God doesn’t just love you. God loves you passionately—emotionally.

Daniel described his passionate prayer in Daniel 9:3: “I prayed earnestly to the Lord God, pleading with him” (GNT).

The word “pleading” in Hebrew means to “ask with emotions.” It’s a serious seeking. It’s searching with all your heart. It’s begging.

That’s a prayer God will listen to and answer.

I love this paraphrase of Daniel 9:3: “I poured out my heart, baring my soul to GOD” (The Message).

Perhaps you need to pray like that for your family. You need to pour your heart out and bare your soul to God on their behalf. Maybe you need to do that about your marriage or your finances.

All of us need to do that about the world around us. The whole globe is in crisis. And beyond the coronavirus pandemic, we can see things like the devastation of war, famine, and evil in our world.

We need to pour our hearts out to God about it.

Talk It Over

When you pray, what stirs your deepest passion?
Why do we often resort to formulaic or rehearsed prayers?
How can you bring more passion into your prayer life?

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