Getting Naked Before God
I suppose I should apologize for the flaky and rather provocative title of today’s post. Nakedness, as many understand the word, brings up thoughts that make some people uncomfortable. That’s because, in our oversexed society, much of the Internet is devoted to viewing people without their clothes on. So when you saw the words “getting naked” in the title, maybe you were a bit nervous about where I was going to go with this blog. Well, rest assured. Today I am not writing about some sort of nudist hippy nonsense. But I will speak about the nakedness of PRAYER!
What comes to mind when you think of King David’s bravery? A picture of guerrilla warfare in the mountains of Judea or of the time he killed Goliath with a sling and a stone? He was brave then, certainly. But these amazing feats cannot compare to the audacity of his prayers. David was bravest when he was praying:
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” ~ Psalm 139:23-24
David wanted nothing to do with sin. He viewed sin like Goliath— an enemy to be knocked down and beheaded without mercy. He pleaded with God to search out even a hint of malignancy in his heart and to ruthlessly cut it out so he could remain fully abandoned to his God. Wow! How often do we pray like that? I know for a long time I didn’t go out of my way to discover sins in my own life. That is uncomfortable! I was content to sit back and wait for God to show me something, and when He did, it still took me a while to respond. Compared to David, I’m a coward. As if I could hide from God and He could not still see me standing right there. When we live our lives with a prayer on the fringe we are really telling God that we don’t trust Him. Often with our lips, we declare trust but with our lives, we show that we really don’t believe He will see us through.
Ask yourself these questions…
Am I brave enough to allow God to see me “NAKED” without all my layers? Do I really trust God will still Love me? What will He ask me to change? What will it cost me?
Why is it possible that we lack David’s bravery? There’s nothing to fear. There is no person more tender, more compassionate, more forgiving, and more deserving of our hearts. Sure, He wants all of us. In fact, He has a right to our entire being. But we’re in good hands. He’s a patient counselor who turns one page of our hearts at a time and says, “Will you give me this today? Will you trust me to gently cut this out of your life?” We have a heavenly father who has our best interest at heart. We can trust Him enough to pray courageously, just like David.
If you realize that you have been afraid of God and have been hiding in the shadows, or if you have been trying to cover your nakedness and shame with excuses and justifications today is the day not to run away, but to turn towards God. God isn’t looking for your perfection or good works. None of us are good enough on our own. You are already loved by God, and all have been prepared. Throw away your proverbial flimsy fig leaves. Although you may feel like you are getting naked before God, in Christ, you will be covered. In Christ, there is peace, deliverance, growth, and maturity.