The author of this psalm doesn’t try to cover up his complaints with pretty words to mask how desperate he is. It is obvious as we read these next few verses that he is in the middle of very difficult times. Pain, loss, enemies have filled his days. He feels alone and helpless.

“For my days vanish like smoke; my bones burn like glowing embers. My heart is blighted and withered like grass; I forget to eat my food. In my distress I groan aloud and am reduced to skin and bones. I am like a desert owl, like an owl among the ruins. I lie awake; I have become like a bird alone on a roof. All day long my enemies taunt me; those who rail against me use my name as a curse. For I eat ashes as my food and mingle my drink with tears because of your great wrath, for you have taken me up and thrown me aside. My days are like the evening shadow; I wither away like grass.” Psalm 102:3-11

I love that we have these types of prayers in the Scripture. It models for us that we can bring anything to the Lord. He already knows what we are facing and how we are feeling about it so we might as well be honest as we bring it to Him in prayer.

But right there is the major key...bring it to Him in prayer. Yes, pray about everything. Pray about the good, the bad, and the ugly. Bring the praise and the petitions. Bring the beauty and the ashes. He hears and understands it all.

Jesus, thank You, that I can be completely honest in my prayer life. You understand my fears, frustrations, hurts, and habits and answer it all.

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