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In our culture, the phrase “show me” is understood in several ways – show me the money, show me a picture, show me love, show me the way. I’d like to ask the question – what might we ask God to show us? Start here: “Show me the wonders of your great love” (Psalm 17:7). A recent question we asked in our Sunday Breakout Groups: “What is an attribute or characteristic of God you especially like or value?” Some responded by emphasizing God’s

The prayer “Lord, save me” is easy to identify with. We need to be: • Saved from desperate circumstances – “Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck” (Psalm 69:1). • Saved from difficult people – “Deliver me from evildoers and save me from those who are after my blood” (Psalm 59:2). • Saved from death eternal – “Then I called on the name of the LORD: ‘LORD, save me!’” (Psalm 116:4). • Saved from our destructive selves –

An honest, heartfelt, and perhaps frequent prayer we pray is “Lord, help me.” We need God’s help in ordinary days: • God’s help in our minds – for clarity, insight, and discernment. • God’s help in our wills – for decisiveness, determination, and persistence. • God’s help in our emotions – for encouragement, assurance, and comfort. • God’s help in our bodies – for strength, ability, and stamina. • God’s help in our relationships – for patience, kindness, and getting along. In ordinary days, we can say

Making yourself available to God so that he can touch someone else through you is exciting. A “Lord, use me” prayer creates such adventures. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). Imagine, you and I were created for doing good works! Making this world a better place in the place God placed us. Where we live, on the job, in our homes, schools, churches, communities.

When I take an honest soul check before God, I often notice again that I need cleansing from my sins: Things I’ve done or left undone. Things I’ve said intentionally or unintentionally. Things compared with God’s holiness that appear as glaring failures or as careless neglectfulness. Scripture tells me that my prayers will not be answered if I retain sin in my life (Psalm 66:18). God cannot look upon my sins with favor or approval. I can only stand before a

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