Embrace your uniqueness
By Joyce Meyer
book title: The power of simple prayer: [ chapter 1: page 7]
We need to go before God just the way we are and give Him the pleasure of enjoying the company of the ‘original’ He has made each one of us to be. We need to approach God with our own strengths, weaknesses, uniqueness and everything else that so wonderfully distinguishes us from everyone else in the world. God enjoys meeting us where we are, developing a personal relationship with us and helping us grow to become everything He wants us to be. Psalm 33:15 says, 'He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works’.. Because God has fashioned our hearts individually our prayers need to flow naturally out of our hearts and be consistent with the way He designed us. As we develop our individual styles of communication with God, we can learn from people who may be more experienced than we are, but we need to be careful not to make them our standard. I hope to be an example to many but I want Jesus to be their standard. There is nothing at all wrong with incorporating something some one else is doing into your own prayer life if you truly feel led by God’s spirit to do so. But it is wrong to force yourself to do what others do if you are not comfortable with that in your spirit. Do not try to keep up with others or copy their prayer styles - and do not feel compelled to use every prayer principle you have ever learned every time you pray. Most people are afraid not to be like everyone else. Many people are more comfortable following specified rules than daring to follow the leading of God’s spirit. When we follow human made rule we please people, but when we step out in faith and follow God’s spirit, we please Him. We do not need to feel pressured to pray a certain way or for a certain length of time or to focus on specific things because other people are doing so. Instead we need to be free to express our uniqueness as we pray the way God is teaching us as individuals. Somehow we feel safe when we are doing what everyone else is doing but the sad thing is that we will feel unfulfilled until we learn to untie the boat from the dock so to speak and let the ocean of God’s spirit take us where ever He wills. When we let God’s spirit take the lead, we are in for a lot of surprises in life. We need to be determined to be ourselves and refuse to spend our lives feeling guilty because we are not like someone else.