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     Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land. Ps. 37:7-9

Faithful Father, you send your Word with Swiss timing and uncanny precision. Whenever I’m vexed or fretful, you anticipate it. Whenever I’m confused or anxious, you’ve already spoken wisdom about the matter in multiple places in the Scriptures. Whenever I feel vulnerable or angry, you come to me in the Bible and bring me back to gospel-sanity, time and time again. How I praise you for the counsel and consolation of your Word.

Today, Father, my anger is piqued over the apparent success of those who bring harm to others and even get rewarded for their madness. Whether it’s the thriving trade of human trafficking, the ongoing threat of global terrorism, the exploitation and darkness of the pornography industry, the corruptions in national government—including ours, violations of beauty and goodness are everywhere.

How long, O Lord, before you send Jesus back to put all things right? How long before defeated evil will be eradicated evil? How long before there will be no more harm, hurting and horror? How long, O Lord, how long?

How you answer these questions in this Psalm is just what I need today. You won’t give us a date, but as always, you do give us yourself. I hear you loud and clear, Father. You’re speaking stillness and fretless waiting to my restless heart. No good comes from my obsessing about evil and evil making. Nothing profitable results from my spending extra time fertilizing my anger and fueling my disgust.

A Day is coming when the knowledge of your glory will cover the entire earth as the waters cover the sea. The whole world is holy land—not just one small and important bit of real estate in the Middle East. The New Jerusalem is coming down from heaven, not a day early and not a day late.

Until that Day, I will seek to seek first the kingdom of God and the righteousness of King Jesus. How I praise you that the very righteousness with which you have already robed me is the very righteousness with which you are going to fill the earth. You’ve already made me both your son and an heir of the new heaven and new earth—all because the gospel is true. Hallelujah, what a Savior! Hallelujah, what a salvation! So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ powerful and transforming name.

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3 thoughts on “A Prayer for Waiting on the Lord and Not Fretting Evil”

  1. Mary says:

    My soul responded to the truth and joy of this promise”
    “A Day is coming when the knowledge of Your glory will cover the entire earth as the waters cover the sea.”

  2. I’m enjoying your book, Everyday Prayers. This is a good thought for today, following the attack at the Boston marathon. Thank you.

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