Week 6: LEAD ME AND USE ME
by: Margaret Merritt, Executive Director, LAMB (US)
People new to relationship with Christ often struggle to know where to begin. And those who have years of walking in faith behind them need to breathe new life into their relationship with Christ from time to time.
Prayer is a good place for all of us to start and to grow our relationship with Christ. But then, how are we supposed to pray? What words do we use?
The truth is there are lots of right answers. Matthew 6 is especially helpful because we find Jesus’ own words, His instructions for how to pray.
There is risk involved in praying the Lord’s Prayer, though. We can say Jesus’ words so many times that they become too familiar. We forget to think about what these words really mean.
What does it mean to pray “Your will be done?”
Recently, while reading Henry Blackaby’s book Experiencing God, I was struck by the line, “[Christians] grow weary doing things for God in their own strength.”
What struck me most about this sentence was not “in their own strength”. I have long been aware that one of my biggest spiritual struggles is relying on myself over the Lord and the unnecessary fatigue that results.
What struck me most was the phrase “doing things for God” and how this seems to stand in direct contrast to doing things with God, or even better, allowing God to do things through us. I had been fooling myself into thinking that doing good and even sacrificial things in God’s name was the same thing as knowing His voice and listening to His call.
For generations, God has been inviting us to join in work that He is already doing. He calls us to “walk alongside him and follow His lead.” This invitation is an exciting one, but rarely an easy one. It often takes us beyond what we can do in our own strength.
Perhaps you felt this call in your relationship with LAMB. God is at work at LAMB. He is also at work in our churches, our communities, and our families. He has a special and unique invitation for each one of us. God is inviting us to “follow the Lamb wherever He goes”.
Question: Where is God calling you to follow the lamb?
I pray your kingdom would come and your will would be done in me and through me in my everyday life—on earth as it is in heaven. In Jesus' name, Amen.