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
Dear Lord Jesus, as this new day begins, many of us are facing important decisions. We need the wisdom, guidance, and peace you alone can give. 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’re an engaged Shepherd, not an absentee landlord. Even as we make plans in our hearts, you are actively ordering our steps (Prov. 16:9). Oh, the freedom and peace this brings! You are the Lord who “opens doors no one can shut” (Rev. 3:8). And the converse is just as true; you also shut doors no one can open. Our future is tied not to making the right decisions but to 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 but to recognize and to rest in your lordship. We can no more make you Lord of something than we can make water wet, or chocolate good.
So in surrender to the occupied throne of heaven, we anticipate straight paths, as we move ahead into both the daily and difficult decisions facing us. For those of us dealing with financial, vocational, parenting and housing decisions, show yourself to be both merciful and mighty, Lord Jesus. May your mercy keep us gentle and your might trump our impatience.
For those of us having to make important decisions for the people we love, be huge and present. Long-term care for aging parents, the “right” education for our kids, and the best counselor for different counseling needs—please make the way clear, Lord. As Prince of Peace, give us your peace as we wait upon you.
Jesus, in these coming days write stories of redemption that will reveal your glory and showcase your grace—leaving us reveling in your goodness and rejoicing in your timing. So very Amen we pray, in your trustworthy and beautiful name.