A Reprint from last year:
January 8, 2015
A couple of verses that have become at part of my daily prayer life are Psalms 139:23-24 (NLT), “Search me, O God and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”
Sometimes in my self assurance, I think that I have finally gotten it all together…I really have a handle on my life. On one particular morning a few weeks ago, I prayed the above verses to the Lord…probably without thinking about what I was praying, read my Bible and then went on with my day. One of my personal struggles is feeling the need to be right, and some of the reason for feeling this way is because I feel I need to be in control of situations…bad thinking on my part. The Lord has helped my a great deal in this area, but when I am not consciously asking God to be in control of my life, situations arise.
About 2 hours after I prayed these verses I was in a discussion with someone. At some point we disagreed on a particular fact…something trivial. I kept insisting that I was right, nicely of course because that’s what I do. Suddenly those verses that I had prayed earlier came to my mind again. God showed me that what I was doing was wrong. I wanted to be right so that I could be in control of the situation. I quickly asked God to forgive me for trying to take back control of my life and thanked Him for pointing out what had offended Him. His forgiveness was immediate. Then I asked the other person to forgive me for being so pushy. I was forgiven. By the way, the other person was right.
I am grateful that when we pray God’s Word, even when we may not be fully focused on it, He is faithful to remind us of what we ask of Him. God’s love and mercy are never failing, and He loves those who are flawed and broken.