Jul 23, 2013

For What Purpose?

This morning as I was laying in my hotel bed, some of my first thoughts were of the prayer I prayed yesterday; to be more than broken.  Because I know there is great revelation in our suffering as we seek God. 

He was waiting and as my mind became more conscious He reminded me of another, simple prayer I often pray while traveling:  'Lord, protect us as we travel today."  And as I recounted that common prayer, He spoke softly to me and said:  "For what purpose, Tim?" 

We often seek His blessing, His power, but to what end?  To serve ourselves with no thought nor desire of Him and what He wants?   

He is answering the first prayer, to be more than broken, by revealing a truth that already exists within me that I might fully see my great need for Him. In doing so, I realize my brokeness, more than brokeness.  So really the answer comes in the prayer itself.  I am already more than broken, I simply need Him to reveal it to me again and again.

I am reminded of Chris Tomlin's words in 'Lay Me Down":

I lay me down I'm not my own
I belong to you alone
Lay me down, lay me down
Hand on my heart this much is true
There's no life apart from you!
Lay me down, lay me down
Lay me down, lay me down

Letting go of my pride
Giving up all my rights
Take this life and let it shine!
Take this life and let it shine!

What a challenge it is to end our prayers with the thought and question:  'For what purpose?"   'To what end?"  How does an answer to this prayer serve you God?

He really knows how to put the ball back into my court so I might fully enter into His! 

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