A Really Hard Prayer to Pray
by: Erin Warren | April 20, 2017
The first time I did a Beth Moore study was my freshman year of college. I gathered around a table on the third floor of Faith Hall with a handful of other college girls and our leader, Christine. It was Beth’s study called A Woman’s Heart: God’s Dwelling Place, a study of the Old Testament Tabernacle. It’s the first time I can remember seeing significance in scripture. It wasn’t just a collection of individual stories; the stories all had meaning. The stories all pointed to Jesus. I honestly don’t remember the details, but I remember this: the path that the priest had to walk through the temple, the steps toward the forgiveness of sins (see my post from last week for more), formed the shape of a cross. I mean, really? The whole scripture points to Jesus.
The first time I remember seeing Beth Moore in person was at Passion’s OneDay Live in Memphis, TN on May 20, 2000. 100,000 college students gathered in a rainy field to worship God for an entire day. She was one of a myriad of speakers and taught from Isaiah 44. She asked us what we were leaning on more than Jesus. What is it we wanted more than Jesus? What was it that we turned to more than Jesus? With clenched fists, 100,000 college students cried out “This thing in my right hand is a lie,” and then “You are the LORD. There is no other.” On our right hands, we wrote “The Lord’s.”
Fast forward 17 years and Beth continues to point women all over the world to truth. I’ve followed her almost her entire career, and what I’ve seen of her in the last few years is a deeper passion than ever to see every women, every student, every life she comes in contact with to fall passionately and audaciously in love with Jesus.
Earlier today, LifeWay Women posted this quote from Beth Moore:
“Your God is well able. He will lead you down the exact path you need to go to take you where you need to see His magnificence and power.” – Beth Moore
It made me think of Psalm 25:
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust;
let me not be put to shame;
let not my enemies exult over me.
Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all the day long.
As we’ve read and prayed through Psalms as part of the Redeemed Bible Study, I’ve been humbled and awed by David’s heart toward God. He prays the most daring prayers. On the surface, it seems simple: I trust you. Show me your ways. Lead me in truth. But what does that really mean? Do we trust His path when it’s not the path we want? Do we trust that His ways when it’s not the way we want? Do we truly want to believe His truth when it goes against our flesh?
Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.
All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
The key to coming before the Lord with this kind of trust is our humility and a teachable spirit. Humility gives God an open door to lead. A teachable heart allows God the margin to work. It’s not easy, but as Beth said, our God is well able. His paths are steadfast love (see this post for more) and faithfulness. Do you trust His path? Are you willing to let go of what you are holding with a clenched fist? Are you willing to write “The Lord’s” on your heart?
I am excited to hear Beth Moore in person next weekend at Living Proof Live. We only have a few more tickets available. Click here for more information. We already have over 120 women going, and we would love for you to join us!