A Prayer for Surrendered Hearts and Straight Paths
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
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt. 6:33
Dear Lord Jesus, as this day begins, many of us are facing normal and big-time 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, Lord 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 not tied 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, not just with our decisions, but also with all the “stuff” in our hearts—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. In fact, we can no more make you Lord of something than we can make water wet, or chocolate good. You are who you are, Hallelujah!
So as we surrender to the occupied throne of heaven, we anticipate straight paths (not necessarily easy paths), perfect timing (yours, not ours), and redemptive results (those which reveal your glory and goodness). For those of us dealing with job changes, financial stresses, and health issues, 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 best education for our kids; deciding on the right church family, in which to worship and serve you—make the way clear, Lord. As Prince of Peace, give us your peace as we wait upon you.
Lord Jesus, in these coming days write stories of redemption that will reveal your glory, showcase your grace, and leave us reveling in your goodness and timing. So very Amen we pray, in your trustworthy and beautiful name.