Praying Our Doubts

Praying Our Doubts

August 27, 2021

Praying Our Doubts

Doubt is not a ________

Doubt is ______________

1. Experience and Belief

Psalm 73:1–3 (NIV)
1Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.
2But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. 3For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

2. Prosperity of the Wicked

Psalm 73:4–12 (NIV)
4They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong.
5They are free from common human burdens; they are not plagued by human ills. 6Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence.
7From their callous hearts comes iniquity; their evil imaginations have no limits. 8They scoff, and speak with malice; with arrogance they threaten oppression.
9Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth. 10Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance.
11They say, “How would God know? Does the Most High know anything?”
12This is what the wicked are like— always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.

________________ is something only a believer can experience, for you can only __________ what you believe.

Doubt is to unbelief what ___________________ is to sin.

3. Personal Reaction

Psalm 73:13–17 (NIV)
13Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure and have washed my hands in innocence. 14All day long I have been afflicted, and every morning brings new punishments. 15If I had spoken out like that, I would have betrayed your children.
16When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply
17till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.

4. Affirmation of God’s Justice

Psalm 73:18–20 (NIV)
18Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin.
19How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors!
20They are like a dream when one awakes; when you arise, Lord, you will despise them as fantasies.

5. Evaluation of the Psalmist’s Reaction

Psalm 73:21–22 (NIV)

21When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered,
22I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.

6. The Desire of the Godly

Psalm 73:23–26 (NIV)
23Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.
24You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.
25Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

7. Experience and Hope

Psalm 73:27–28 (NIV)
27Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
28But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds

Hebrews 4:14–16 (NIV)
14Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.
15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.
16Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Worship is the pivotal act in this prayer. Worship is what we do, not what we feel.