“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! 24 And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! Psalm 139:23-24.
What is it that God knows about in our lives? Everything in the past, the present and the future! This is what we read in Psalm 139. At the end of the Psalm in verses 23-24 King David turned the truths he had expounded about God in the Psalm, into a prayer for God to search him. It’s a prayer we can pray for ourselves today to allow God to show us the things we might need to repent of or act on. Then we can turn to Him for forgiveness and for strength and guidance to walk as He leads us, in His eternal way!
Praying the prayer and acting on what God shows us as we pray, can be very healing and releasing, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
As you come before God in quietness, you can allow your mind to focus on the following areas of your life and ask God to reveal to you, the things He wants you to know for your healing. You can do all the following in one session, or you may find it more convenient to do it in stages over a period of time. To cover the whole lot eventually will bring greater freedom and healing.
THE PAST. (From conception to the present.)
All that I have thought, said or done during my lifetime
1. Has all my sin in thought, word, attitude and deed, been brought to the light, specifically confessed and forgiveness received?
2. Have I asked God to heal the wounds of those whom I hurt? “Lord, show me.” “Please heal them.”
3. What action do I now need to take? Anyone I may need to contact? How?
All that has been thought, said and done to me and attitudes adopted to me during my lifetime.
1. Whom do I need to forgive, and ask God to bless?
2. Do I need forgiveness for holding any resentment, bitterness or unforgiveness towards anyone?
“Lord, show me.” [Then forgive those people specifically of everything!]
3. Have I asked God to heal me of the wounds other people have given me? “Lord please heal me of all damage that has been done to me by others.”
4. What action do I now need to take? Anyone I may need to contact?
THE PRESENT. My present thoughts, words, attitudes and deeds.
1. “Lord, to what extent are they identical to what you want to do in me and through me?
St Paul could reflect on his life and write, Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Is that how I see my life? Do I want God to change me so that it is? If it is, ask Him to transform you by His grace and power.
What is our mind-set? Is it set on the Lord or elsewhere? “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.” Romans 5:8.
Ask the Lord to help you set your mind on Him and on the things of the Spirit.
2. What are my motives, desires and values? “Lord are they Yours?”
“He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.“ 2 Corinthians 5:15.
Jesus died for us so that in gratitude we might live for Him. Are we living our lives centred on Christ or are we living lives centred on ourselves?
Ask Christ to help you die to self and come alive to Him and to His plans for your life.
“Lord, be the Master of my present life!”
THE FUTURE. My goals, ambitions and plans.
1. Is my goal the same as St.Paul’s? His was to know Christ and the power of His resurrection, “ Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.” Philippians 3:8-10.
“Lord. I want to know you more deeply and to experience your resurrection power in my life.”
2. Is my ambition to build up adequate security? Am I looking for my security in things rather than in Him? Jesus said that we need to seek His kingdom instead of striving for the material things of this world, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Mat 6:33
“Lord, please work within me so that my desires might become the desires You want me to have!”
3. Are the plans I’m making for the future, really the ones Lord, You want for me? St Paul wrote that if the Spirit has given us life, then we need to allow the Spirit to guide and empower us in our daily living, “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25.
“Lord lead me by your Holy Spirit! Show me what you want me to do for you, and empower me by Your Spirit to do Your will for me.”
Blog No.431. A SUGGESTED EXERCISE TO DO IN A TIME OF QUIETNESS WITH GOD
ASKING THE GOD WHO SEARCHES ALL THINGS TO SEARCH US. Psalm 139.
Posted on Sunday 25 September 2022.