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40 Prayers for 40 Days Day 9

Week 2—Friday
Psalm 139:23-24

Search Me… Lead Me…

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

The Psalmist’s prayer is often repeated. I have seen it on plaques in offices and homes. I have seen it streaming across computer monitors. I have heard pastors preach sermons and small group leaders lead studies of these two verses. My question of us all, is this: Do we mean it? Do we really want God to search us, know us, and test us?

Years ago, my wife applied for a job working on a naval base in San Diego. She got the job, that was the easy part. After getting the job, she had to undergo an extensive background check. They asked her many probing questions. I remember her stopping several times, asking the same question, “Why do they need to know that?” Incidentally, in case you were wondering, she passed the government background check.

That government background check is nothing, compared to God’s background check. Nothing will be hidden from him. When we ask God to search us and try us, we are asking him, ultimately to forgive us, cleanse us, and make us to be wholly devoted to him. When we ask him to check us out, we come to him humbly, acknowledging that we come relying on his grace and mercy. When we ask him to search and test and try us, the only outcome is to say, “God, help me and lead me on from this point, forward!”

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