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, LORD • A PRAYER
It was 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 could not 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? After being thrust into unexpected grief, Elizabeth Elliott learned to “Do the next thing,” 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
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 sleep.
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 are able.
HOW TO ASK THE LORD, “SHOW ME”
- you are anxious, sad, or stressed, pray “Show me, Lord.”
- you are hungry, angry, 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 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 when my little tribe of five was 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 struggled 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.”
I could pray three words.
Dozens of years later, I’m still praying those three simple, precious words – and so is my friend. For 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.”
Show Me, Lord Prayer
Are you overwhelmed, weary, discouraged, or unsure of how to live this life you’ve been given? You’re not alone. It is at the point of surrender that we finally begin to hear God speak.
Considering its great size and power, an elephant must exercise self-control and restraint to effectively navigate and thrive. Likewise, breath prayers help us navigate and thrive through the elephant-sized gift of our breath (and the One who is with us in every breath).
Prayer of Examen
Beautiful in its simplicity, this ancient prayer of reflection helps refocus our hearts and minds. How often do we come to the end of a day and wonder where the time went or regret the way we handled a situation?
BOOKS We Love • Show Me, Lord
Prayers for Challenging Times • Daily Prayer and Bible Verse
A Prayer Journal
Flannery O'Connor and W. A. Sessions
A Prayer Journal is a recently discovered work penned while Flannery attended a writers’ workshop. Although extremely brief, this series of heartfelt prayers and musings, offered up by one of the most gifted writers of her generation, provides a uniquely intimate glimpse into the heart, soul, and mind of a deeply religious genius.
Acceptable Words: Prayers for the Writer
Gary D. Schmidt and Elizabeth Stickney
Acceptable Words offers prayers corresponding to each stage of the writer's work — from finding inspiration to penning the first words to "offering it to God" at completion. These experienced writers introduce each chapter of prayers with pithy reflections that will encourage writers. This book includes ancient and contemporary poems and prayers, some of which were written especially for this volume.
Word by Word: A Daily Spiritual Practice
Word by Word is a beautifully- written book of meditations on fifteen well-chosen words. Readers are invited to dwell intentionally with single words: remember their biblical and literary contexts, consider the personal associations they bring up, and allow them to become a focus for prayer and meditation.
A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World
Paul E. Miller
Prayer is so hard that unless circumstances demand it (an illness or saying grace at a meal), most of us simply do not pray. We prize accomplishments and productivity more than time in prayer. Even Christians experience this prayerlessness as a practical unbelief that leaves us marked by fear, anxiety, joylessness, and spiritual lethargy. Prayer is all about relationship.
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