Week 2: Search Me O God

Casting Crowns sings a chorus called “Here’s my heart Lord."  It captures the essence of our dependence on God and His Spirit to show us truth. The Bible tells us that our life is but a vapor and soon is gone. Also, that the thoughts of men and women are foolishness to God almighty.

We intuitively know these things are true, but become arrogant or self-absorbed when we compare ourselves to those around us. Although these people may be accomplished, the real standard we should seek to model ourselves after is that of Christ. The only way to understand the example that Christ set is to truly know the mind of God, which is only possible through open and honest conversation with Him (prayer).

Throughout this week, leave the opinions of family, friends and others, and instead cling to Christ through the Holy Spirit, so that you may truly know His will in your life. Pray through the Scripture passage above, and listen.

Day 8: Pray for the Humility to Let God Search You

Read Psalm 139: 23-24
Give God permission to look at everything about you: your goals, your decisions, your job, your future and everything else that is on your heart or filling your mind.  

Know that He loves you more than anything and wants the best for you. (Jer. 29:11)  The more vulnerable you allow yourself to be, the greater and more clearly you will understand His will.

Day 9: Pray for the Mind of Christ

Read 1 Corinthians 2:14-16
We do not naturally understand God’s perspective. Although it takes humility and searching to know it, He is not far from us. 
"And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for 'In him we live and move and have our being,' as even some of your own poets have said, 'For we are indeed his offspring.'"  -Acts 17:26-28.

Day 10: Pray for God's Leading in the Way Everlasting

Read Psalm 119:105
Our thoughts are so short-sighted and so temporary in nature. Oftentimes, we find it difficult to look past the concerns of today, let alone try to focus on eternity. Give God permission to show you a path that follows His long-term perspective for what is best for you.  
"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand." (John 10: 27-28).

Day 11: Pray for the Ability to Listen and Hear God's Voice

Read Luke 8:8
The parable in Luke 8:8 compares our hearts to “good soil." If we seek and hear His will with an honest heart, we will bear fruit as we are patient. Practically, what would it look like to allow God to till the soil of your heart?

Day 12: Pray for Gladness and Joy

Read Psalm 51:8-10
There is a distinct connection between a person's closeness to God and the evidence of gladness and joy in their lives.  Draw close to God and let His Spirit cleanse you and prepare you to experience gladness and joy.

Day 13: Pray for a Greater Understanding of God's Love for You

Read Psalm 136
Jeremiah 31:3 tells us; "I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you." He is all that we need. He is sufficient. Pray to know the joy that He brings when we submit to His Spirit.

Day 14: Praise Him and Reflect on the Week

Spend time praising God for the attributes you meditated on this week: He is loving, He is near, He is our Shepherd and guide.