A Prayer for Resting in the Sovereignty of God

     “After this time had passed, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up to heaven. My sanity returned, and I praised and worshiped the Most High and honored the one who lives forever. His rule is everlasting, and his kingdom is eternal. All the people of the earth are nothing compared to him. He does as he pleases among the angels of heaven and among the people of the earth. No one can stop him or say to him, ’What do you mean by doing these things?’ Daniel 4:34-35 (NLT)

     Dear heavenly Father, like Nebuchadnezzar, I am never more sane than when I am worshiping you and acknowledging your sovereignty. I am so very thankful that you are God, and I am not. Forgive me when I think less of you, and otherwise of me.

     I am grateful that you do as you please, and not as we often beg you to do. Indeed, Father, I’ve lived long enough to praise you for some of the “No’s” I’ve received to prayers for which I desperately wanted a “Yes”. You do all things well, not easy; but in time, you will make all things beautiful. Give me grace to wait for that Day, Father.

     Help me to trust your heart when I cannot see your hand at work. Forgive me for thinking I need to draw certain international crises and personal situations to your attention, as though you’re not aware, or worse, as though you don’t care. Thank you, Father, for your kindness and patience, when I’m anxious and demanding.

     So as this day begins, and continues, I’m grateful to affirm that Jesus has the hearts of all kings in his hand; that you not only care for birds and fields, but for me and the people I love; and that nothing can happen, or will happen, apart from your sovereign will. Forgive me when I doubt your faithfulness, and grant me grace when I struggle with your ways. So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ trustworthy and worship-worthy name.