Praying Without Condemnation

“For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things” (1 John 3:20).

We know that there is no condemnation to us who are in Christ Jesus. Why do we often feel condemned and judged and worry about approaching Christ for forgiveness? We can also extend our inward condemnation to others, due to the guilt that we experience, because of our failures.

The bible exhorts us to pray constantly for each other as believers (Ephesians 6:18). As we pray, we resist the desire to condemn and criticise. Oftentimes we use the excuse of being honest and having the need to vent. Our reminder should be about the power in our words and the life and death that exists in our tongue (Proverbs 18:21).

Since we are convinced of the life giving power within our mouths, let us use our words to speak life, and call those things which be not as though they were” (Romans 4:17). This principle is not living in denial and ignoring that challenges exists. Sometimes we do have to speak the truth in love in order to correct and edify. But we must always bear in mind, the motivation behind our words and use our words to speak life.

A parent with a wayward child can complain about their child’s behaviour, or confess the promises of God over them. Wives and husbands should look for the good in their spouses and speak what God promises concerning them. If we truly recognise how much power is stored in our words, we would not use them loosely. We pray about each other’s weaknesses and trust God to complete the work in us and in others.

A.P.-Y.

10 thoughts on “Praying Without Condemnation

  1. Wow! I needed this one!!! Thanks for sharing truth. That’s a great verse about God knowing all things and being greater than our heart. More reason to chase and desire His heart and change ours! – Brian

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  2. How I love this verse! Self condemnation is very real. I came out of a church that taught that we were not right with God, and needed to get right. It further enforced my internal guilt and insecurity.
    I constantly looked at this verse and wanted so much to believe it until I realized grace. Then I could take hold of this truth, lean on grace, and put away my self condemnation.
    God truly is greater than our hearts, he knows all things, and he knows how to help us believe by his Holy Spirit.
    Awesome message.
    God bless you

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