Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Prov. 3:5-6 (NIV)
Dear Lord Jesus, many of us are staring big decisions in the face, and we need your help. It’s a joy to come before your throne of grace confident of your audience, grateful for your advocacy, and resting in your authority.
Indeed, Jesus, you are an involved Shepherd, not an absentee landlord. Even as we make plans in our hearts, you are actively ordering our steps (Prov. 16:9). This brings us immeasurable peace. You open doors no one can shut (Rev. 3:8), and you shut doors no one can open. Never let us forget that our future is not tied to making the right decisions but in trusting the right Lord.
Because of your great love for us in the gospel, we’re learning to trust you with all the stuff in our hearts—with our longings, fears, hurts, and dreams. To acknowledge you in all of our ways isn’t to make you Lord of anything, but to recognize you are Lord of everything. So in surrender to your sovereign heart and hand, we anticipate straight paths as we move ahead into these difficult decisions.
For those of us dealing with job changes and financial stresses, health issues and relationship complexities, show yourself to be both merciful and mighty, Jesus. May your mercy …
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Psalm 143:8
Dear Jesus, in the morning, at mid-day, in the afternoon and throughout the night, keep on bringing us word of your unfailing love. That’s all we need, that’s all we really need. By the Holy Spirit, incessantly gossip the gospel in our inmost ear. Wrap the good news of your boundless, endless affections around our hearts, tighter and tighter and tighter. Permeate every bit of our being with your fresh mercies, steadfast love and transforming grace, for we have put our trust in you.
Jesus, it’s the assurance of your unfailing love which enables us to trust you with the changes we go through in life and the uncertainties about the future. Change is never easy. Change makes us feel vulnerable, fearful and insecure. We get tempted, once again, to be our own savior. Spare us that misery, Jesus, spare us and those we love. Now’s not a time to lean on our own understanding or walk by the light our own torches (Isaiah 50:10-11). May your Word dwell in us richly, your peace rule in us powerfully, your Spirit pray in us effectually. We want your glory be our main passion and delight.
We’ve entrusted our lives to you, Jesus, because you alone are trustworthy. We’ve given you our sins, wounds, brokenness and weakness. Now, in fresh …
Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. Acts 16:6-10
Heavenly Father, many of us, and/or our friends, are in a season of uncertainty and change. Our callings and giftings, our longings and dreams, our pains and our joys, your providence and our predicaments—at times are hard to read. Knowing you, boasting in Jesus and doing your will are preeminent, but we don’t know which doors to open, which doors to knock on, which doors to stay away from, or which doors to go through next. Please make it clear.
You must lead us, just as certainly as you kept Paul from Asia and Mysia, and sent him to Macedonia. Open doors we cannot shut and shut doors we cannot open. We will continue to plan, but give us confidence and joy that you are ordering our steps. We want to walk by the Light of the World, not by the flames of our own torches. We want …
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Dear Lord Jesus, I’ve got several friends stuck right in the middle of important decision making. They need the wisdom, guidance and peace you alone can give. It’s a joy to bring them before your throne of grace confident of your audience, advocacy and authority.
First of all, it’s settling to know that you’re the present Lord who “opens doors no one can shut” (Revelation 3:8). And the converse is just as true… you also shut doors no one can open. Indeed, Jesus, you’re an engaged Shepherd not an absentee landlord. Even as we make plans in our hearts, you are actively ordering our steps (Proverbs 16:9). O, the freedom and peace this brings…
Secondly, it’s critical to remember than our future isn’t tied to making the “right decisions” but with trusting the right Lord. That would be you. We weren’t saved by our decision, Jesus, but by your grace. Why would we give salvation-power to our decisions now? We’d just as well lean on a wet straw as to lean on our own understanding and decision making prowess.
Jesus, help us know afresh… even this very day, that you alone can be trusted with the entirety of our heart—its longings, fears, foolishness, glory and groanings. To acknowledge you in all of our ways is not to make you …