This post isn’t about praying in the shower or stripping down to your birthday suit. But hey, if that’s how you pray I’m not here to judge. To illustrate what I’m talking about let’s read about the nakedest people in scripture, Adam and Eve (Isaiah comes in second):
Moses 3:25 – And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
So, God saw them naked and, like your weird neighbor that changes their clothes in front of an open window, they didn’t care. They then take the fruit:
Moses 4:13 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they had been naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons.
16 And he said: I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I beheld that I was naked, and I hid myself.
Now they feel shame. God has has already seen them naked, but now it makes them feel vulnerable. The only thing that has changed is how they see themselves. God still sees their true nature as he always has, but they now feel vulnerable before him.
Here’s the thing, God has seen you naked, not only physically, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as well. There’s nothing you can hide from Him, not even your thoughts. So when we pray, we should pray naked. We should pray in a way that is open an honest. If you feel frustrated, tell God. If his plan doesn’t make sense sometimes and you don’t get it, tell him. Speak frankly, he already knows what’s in your heart. Remember, God “upbraideth not”. He will not chew you out or reprimand you for how you feel or what questions you may have. There is no one else that you can speak so openly with.
Why then, if God already knows what you need, bother praying? God doesn’t need your prayers. He’s perfectly aware of everything. Here’s the thing, prayer is for YOU, not God. You become aware of who you are. When you engage in the honest conversation of naked prayer, your unfiltered self comes through. This way God can show you who you truly are and in turn bring you to an awareness of who he wants you to be.