Free to Speak


When I stopped at the bank today, Joanne greeted me with her usual smile and friendly chatter, but I could tell something was wrong. When I asked how she was doing, she faked a smile, wiped a tear, and changed the subject.

It can sometimes be difficult to talk to people. Anything you say seems to be wrong, so the fear of offending the person keeps you silent. At other times there is nothing to say. The hurt or the feeling of being overwhelmed is too much.

Life is full of different levels of communication, but we all need someone with whom we can speak freely, openly, and boldly. You can say anything to this person without fear of condemnation or rejection. You can be serious, silly, or stupid without fear of being judged.

The Bible talks about having confidence or boldness with God. Both words mean the same thing, to have “assurance, freedom of speech without brashness.”

Knowing God’s great love for us allows us to open our hearts and pour ourselves out to Him. Even in our weaknesses, the Holy Spirit helps us pray. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered (Romans 8:26).

God’s shoulders are big enough for our honesty in prayer. He’s more than able to bear our weaknesses. Even when we don’t know what to say, our struggling silence never disappoints Him. Wonderfully, He will never reject us, judge us, or condemn us when we call upon Him with a sincere heart.


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