Bold prayer #1: Search me
All of us struggle to receive honest feedback about areas we need to change. But what if instead of waiting for those who know us well to give us honest feedback about ways we need to change, what if we went to them and asked them for it? Better yet what if we went to God directly and asked him?
That’s exactly what happens in Psalm 139:23-24. If we want to become the people God created us to be we need to learn to pray this bold prayer! Let’s look at 4 specific things David prayed and learn from him:
1-Search my heart v.23a Search me O God and know my heart.
What’s wrong with his heart that he needs God to search it?
Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that The heart is deceitful above all else.
All of us have a problem with lying and the most common lies are those we tell ourselves. We live in a broken and fallen world and we are broken and fallen people. And at the core we are self deceived. We lie to ourselves. We never think our sin and our problems are as bad as they really are.
It takes boldness to pray God search my heart.
2-Reveal my fears, v.23b Try me and know my thoughts. Some translations read "Try me and know my anxious thoughts."
We all struggle with fear. And what we fear most is where we trust God the least. Since we are finite humans we do not have unlimited power and control and so when things are outside our control we fixate on what ifs. As if that will make it better. But God is infinite in power and knowledge and he invites us to fear not and trust in him. It takes boldness to pray God reveal my fears. God show me where I am not trusting you. God show me where I have unbelief.
3-Uncover my sins, v.24a See if there be any offensive way sinful way in me. In other words God uncover my sins.
It's so easy to see the sin in others and to overlook our own sins.
Will you ask the LORD to uncover your sins? Even the sin of self-righteousness?
3 questions to consider as you pray this:
- What are others trying to tell me? Maybe people keep trying to point out your sin but you’re not listening.
- What have I rationalized for some time?
- Where am I most defensive?
It takes boldness to ask God to uncover my sins.
4-Lead me to Jesus, v.24b lead me in the way everlasting.
In the gospel of John Jesus says he is the way, the truth and the life. Then he goes on to say he must return to heaven so the Helper, the Holy Spirit, will come and convict the world of sin and righteousness and judgment and further down he says when he comes he will guide you into all truth.
Will you invite the Holy Spirit to shine the light into the darkness of your heart and point out the areas of sin? Will you ask him to expose your fears and uncover you sin and lead you to Jesus who is eternal life?
Search me O God and know my heart. Try me and know my thoughts. See if there be any grievous way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.
Now that’s a bold prayer. I wonder what would happen if we prayed this kind of bold prayer?
Will you pray that every day this week? And then will you take 5 minutes and listen in silence to what God says to you?