S: And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts?” Mark 2: (ESV)
O: Without them uttering a word, You knew what they were thinking. Just as it says in Psalm 139:4, “Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.”
A: I want this kind of relationship with You, Jesus. Before a thought forms its way into words from my lips, would You challenge the thinking of my heart?
The work of my heart is never complete. My heart is like soil that needs tending – it cannot be neglected. “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” I do not want my heart overwhelmed with weedy negative thoughts of doubt, fear, and anxiety – thoughts that stem from the questions like, “Are You really God? Can You really do what You say You can?…”
There are going to be times when these questions get stirred up – I think that is normal. But am I prepared to do the hard work in my heart WITH You to find the answers? Am I willing to have those conversations WITH You? To be that honest? I hope so, because this is the kind of relationship I want to have with you, Jesus.
You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. Psalm 139:1-4
P: Jesus, search me. Know me as Your Word says You do. “Search me, 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.” This is my prayer, God. Thank You for hearing it.
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