Spiritual Practice


Tina Clark

Late one night, I was ready to give up. I knew that I needed to call out to God, but I was too ashamed. I am a Christian. Shouldn’t I be able to find joy in my circumstances? Aren’t I more than a conqueror (see Romans 8:37)? If so, then why did I feel I was in a losing battle with depression?

devozine Bible Reading Guy TS 137299797As I pondered these questions, I decided to read a psalm. Turning to Psalm 86, I felt my heart laid bare to God as I read the verses. I began to realize that many psalms are heartfelt cries to God in the midst of suffering. Tears ran down my face as I read verse 7: “When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me.”

Distress. That word described the turmoil I had been feeling. Yet, instead of crying out to God, I had kept it all inside. In that moment, I knew that it was OK to give my feelings to God.

No matter what you’re feeling, whether joy or sorrow, it’s OK to call out to God.


PRAY: God, my loving Creator, you know me completely. I don’t have to hide my thoughts and feelings from you. I call out to you today, knowing you will answer me. Amen.

—from devozine (January/February 2020). Copyright © 2019 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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