Teach us Your Paths

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Show me Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation; Psalm 25:4-5

In the last session we saw that as we pray God will come and show us His ways. Just as our trail guide spent time teaching us a little about riding and explaining how to follow him, so God delights spending time instructing us in His way and preparing us for what is ahead.

But the second prayer goes deeper and seeks God’s specific guidance in teaching us how to deal with the reality of what we are facing now. There are many paths, but there is only one path that Jesus will lead us on, At the end at our first prayer, “show us your ways”  if we say simply say ‘Amen!’ then we are forfeiting the privilege of having our Great God enter into our here and now and to help us. Our second prayer should follow close after the first, “God teach me Your path!”  We need His gentle but mighty guidance as we place our feet into the footprints of our Lord. Be encouraged today that no matter how confusing the path may seem, if we faithfully follow Him on His paths we will find that the trail (His trail) will lead us surely to our Father’s house.

Show Me Your Ways

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Not long ago we had the fun of taking two of our grandsons horseback riding. It is a memory that we will treasure for a long time to come. That hour-long trail ride also reminded me of one of my favorite passages of scripture:

Show me Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
 Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.  Psalm 25:4-5 ESV

When we got to the farm we first registered and paid for our ride. But, they didn’t just get the horses out of the stable and say, “Okay let’s go!” Instead, because we were all beginner riders, they took time to make sure we were properly fitted into the saddle, understood how to guide our horse and knew who to follow. It was just like the first line of David’s prayer “Show us you ways O Lord” Before we could begin we needed someone to show us our way.

Before you go out  today check with the Lord who is not only our trail guide, He is also the Way the Truth and the Life! Listen carefully to his instructions as He cinches up your stirrups, shows you the way and prepares you for the path ahead.