When you pray do you tend to keep things “off the table”? Do you not bring things to the Lord, either carelessly or deliberately? This morning some friends (here and here) and I were talking about this. It corresponds well with this quote from Jonathan Edwards:
Resolved, very much to exercise myself in this, all my life long, viz. with the greatest openness, of which I am capable of, to declare my ways to God, and lay open my soul to him: all my sins, temptations, difficulties, sorrows, fears, hopes, desires, and every thing, and every circumstance.
It’s amazing that we leave so much off the table when we bring ourselves before the Lord. I know I do, but I want to change, by faith bringing all of those things before his throne of grace. He knows about them anyway, and we’ll deal with them either way. It’s whether or not we’ll cast them on him that is the variable.