A Prayer for Trusting Jesus As We Make Big Decisions

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     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 day begins, many of us are facing big 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. Knowing you is way more important than knowing the specifics of the next ten minutes or ten years of our lives.
     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. You are who you are, Lord Jesus. Hallelujah! So in surrender to the occupied throne of heaven—truly, a throne of grace, we anticipate straight paths as we move ahead into these difficult decisions.
     For those of us dealing with job changes, financial stresses, and health issues, show yourself to be both merciful and mighty, Jesus. May your mercy keep us gentle and may 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; the best treatment for friends in the destructive whirlwind of addictions—make our paths straight. 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, showcase your grace, and leave us reveling in your goodness and timing. So very Amen we pray, in your trustworthy and beautiful name.
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