Faith General

Pray Naked

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“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”  Matthew 6:6 ESV

Ok, this might sound a bit awkward, but when you consider Jesus’ words about praying in secret, what if you prayed naked?  That’s right. Go into your bedroom or closet, take off all your clothes, and pray naked. It could even be in the shower. Just you and God. Nothing to hide. Totally exposed. After all, he sees you all the time and loves you regardless of what’s going on in your heart. That’s how connected he is to you. 

No masks, no false pretenses, no formal religious words, no one to impress. God longs to be with you and will take you as you are. 

Make it a time to worship him. His will and Kingdom instead of your agenda.  Thanking him for daily provision and a heart and body that is alive. His forgiveness of you because of Jesus. Him not leading you into temptation, but him delivering you from evil. His Spirit living his life through you.

Maybe the visual of you praying naked is messing with your head. Perhaps that could be due to shame. When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden, they hid themselves because sin created shame. Not only did they do something wrong, they felt as if they were no longer good themselves.

 “Something is wrong with me.” 

One of the most prevalent sins among men is sexual immorality. It takes on many forms ranging from pornography to a host of sexual acts outside of a covenant marriage. The shame that piles up in a guy’s soul can feel like a weight he can never overcome. It can make the idea of praying naked that much more difficult to do. Yet, praying naked is an act of surrender to the Lord of all things you. 

I pray in the shower. Perhaps it feels a bit more legit to pray naked that way than if I were to be in my bedroom exposed. Either way, the issue is full, unfettered, unmasked, honest openness with God. Absolutely nothing to hide.

What God sees in secret, he rewards in secret.

Perhaps it’s time for you to get naked and unashamed with God.

Warrior On!

David Riffel is the Founder and Executive Director of Having gone through his warrior years (18-30) essentially without a mentor, God has placed in him a heart for warriors, to come alongside them in various ways as they figure out life. David’s newly released book, Mentoring Warriors: Coming Alongside Young Men 18-30, outlines principles for mentoring and gives advice for warriors in six key areas of life: self-management, life skills, education/career, relationships, faith, and identity.

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