St Augustine said “It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men angels.” Someone else said, “Those who kneel before God can stand before anyone.” Both of these quotes point to the value of being honest and open before God. King David is an example of a person who displays transparency before God in prayer. In Psalm 143 we read some of David’s words: “Hear my prayer, O LORD, listen to my plea! Answer me because you are faithful and righteous. I am losing all hope; I am paralyzed with fear. I lift my hands to you in prayer. I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain. Come quickly, LORD, and answer me, for my depression deepens. Don’t turn away from me or I will die. Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies LORD; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.” Today, may we, like King David, learn to be transparent—to be honest and open when we come to our Heavenly Father in prayer.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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