Show Me, Lord • Prayer

 

Show me, Lord

Teach me. Guide me.

Are you overwhelmed, weary, discouraged, or unsure of how to live this life you’ve been given? There are three words you can always pray: “Show me, Lord.”

Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:4-5

 

SHOW ME, LORD • A PRAYER

 

All she could utter in her grief and despair.“Show me, Lord,” she prayed. Three words. Ten letters. And Jesus met her there.

How often do we pray not seeking God’s guidance, but His sanctification of our plans? Yet it is often at the point of surrender that we finally begin to hear God speak.

My friend knew she was unable to meet the demands of her suddenly unexpected life. She felt utterly alone and at the end of herself. As she cradled her newborn son in her arms, she cried out the only words she could speak, “Show me, Lord.”

Are you overwhelmed, weary, discouraged, and unsure of how to live this life you’ve been given? Elizabeth Elliott learned to, “Do the next thing,” after being thrust into unexpected grief, words she had read in an Old Saxon poem:

 

DO THE NEXT THING

Do it immediately;
Do it with prayer;
Do it reliantly,
Casting all care;
Do it with reverence,
Tracing His Hand,
Who placed it before thee with
Earnest command.
Stayed on Omnipotence,
Safe ‘neath His wing,
Leave all resultings,
Do the next thing.

 

Daily, we do dozens of next things: make a bed, brush our teeth, zip a jacket, send a text, feed the dog, answer the phone, run an errand, open a door, eat a meal, wash the clothes, open the mail, empty the trash, read the Bible, drift off to asleep.

These routine next things make up the substance of our days, and they matter, even when they seem boring, trite, unimportant, or mundane, even when we’re so exhausted, we can’t see beyond the gray.

If that’s where you are today, take a moment, pause wherever you are, and pray, “Show me, Lord.”

 

God is waiting compassionately, gently, tenderly for you. Turn to Him right where you are, exactly as you are, however you.

 

HOW TO ASK THE LORD, “SHOW ME”

 

When:

  •  you are anxious, sad, or stressed, pray, “Show me, Lord.”
  •  you are hungry or angry or lonely or tired, pray, “Show me, Lord.”
  •  the pain is unrelenting and you don’t know what to do, pray, “Show me, Lord.”
  •  you are overwhelmed by one more loss in an avalanche of sorrow, pray, “Show me, Lord.”
  •  the bills are mounting and you don’t know how to make ends meet, pray, “Show me, Lord.”
  •  you don’t know how you’ll make it through one more day, pray, “Show me, Lord.”
  •  you don’t know how to love or you feel as if you can’t forgive, pray, “Show me, Lord.”
  •  there simply are no words, pray, “Show me, Lord.”

 

SHOW ME, LORD

My friend shared these words with me at a time when my own little tribe of five were 8, 6, 4, 3, and 9 months. I was exhausted, sleep-deprived, and sick. We had spent weeks at Children’s Hospital, because the doctors couldn’t stabilize our four-year-old-daughter’s breathing and her body had stopped absorbing medications. Her little veins weren’t holding and central access was struggling to place a sustainable central line.

As I sat with my friend, quietly crying, admitting I had no words left to pray, she shared the words that had become her lifeline: “Show me, Lord.”

Three words. 

I could pray three words. 

Dozens of years later, I’m still praying those three, simple, precious words. And so is my friend. For more almost 40 years, she’s been praying those three treasured words: “Show me, Lord.” 

Today, as you move through your day, pray, “Show me, Lord.” 

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