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 keep us expectant and your might trump our impatience.

     For those of us having to make important decisions for the people we love, be huge and present, Jesus. Long-term care for aging parents, the “right” education choices for our kids, the best treatment plan for loved ones battling addictions—make the way clear, Lord. For those of us who feel restless about current life investments, and are praying fresh commitments to missions and ministry, give us clarity of mind and peace in our hearts.

     In these coming hours and days, write stories of providence 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.