One of the most amazing things about Jesus is that he invites everybody to come to him. Everybody. And as we are. We don’t need to wash our hands and get our act together before approaching Jesus. The most important thing is to run into the arms of Jesus as he is calling us:
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”(Matthew 11:28, MSG)
Jesus wants us to keep company with him. He wants to show us how to live in grace. He wants to teach us the unforced rhythms of grace. I don’t know about you but I want to keep on learning to live freely and lightly. Anything and everything else has lost its meaning.
“Come as you are” also applies to our prayer life. We don’t need or we should not bring ready-made solutions to God. We should just run to Jesus with our heart wide open and our hands as dirty as they are. “Dear God, my life is a mess! Please, do something!”
Ole Kristian Hallesby guides us this way: “Listen, my friend! Your helplessness is your best prayer. It calls from your heart to the heart of God with greater effect than all your uttered pleas. He hears it from the very moment that you are seized with helplessness, and He becomes actively engaged at once in hearing and answering the prayer of your helplessness.”
Come as you are, God is waiting. It doesn’t matter how massive of a mess you’ve made. It doesn’t matter how impossible everything looks to you. It doesn’t matter how unworthy you feel. God loves you. He is waiting for you his arms wide open. Don’t wait to pray until you’re more presentable. Bring your mess to God now. He can’t wait to hear from you. He can’t wait to help you out. Just ask. With or without words. Just as you are.
We come to you as we are.
Thank you for issuing a standing invitation
You are just what we need:
lovingkindness, peace and love.
Wash our hands,
make us whole,
help us out.
Thank you so much!
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: What does make you to delay your prayers/approaching God?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you run to God as you are! We have an awesome God! He wants us to keep company with him!
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