We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps. Prov. 16:9 (NLT)
To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. Rev. 3:7 (NIV)
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 (ESV)
Heavenly Father, some decisions are “no brainers,” and some require nothing more than sanctified common sense. But other looming decisions tie us in knots, rob us of sleep, and keep us second-guessing. Today I’m praying for friends in this third category.
As these Scriptures teach, it’s incredibly comforting to know you determine our steps and the outcome of our plans. This doesn’t mean we’re to be passive in our decision-making, but to realize that you are very engaged—opening doors we cannot shut, and shutting doors we cannot open. This is a huge blessing. We praise and bless you for your sovereign power, constant care, and total trustworthiness.
Father, we certainly have every reason to trust you with all of our hearts, because you loved us with all of your heart when you sent Jesus into the world to be our Savior. Because of your matchless gift of Jesus, we can certainly depend on you to give us everything else we need (Rom. 8:32).
Father, make our ways straight as we seek to honor you with decisions that concern our every-age children and our aging parents; decisions about employment and financial matters; decisions about health care and church life.
Grant us wisdom for messy relationships and unresolved conflicts; straight paths as we walk through disruptive circumstances and fresh heartache; and peace, as immovable deadlines stare us in the eyes.
Father, thank you for teaching us that life isn’t primarily about making the right decisions, but trusting the right Lord—and that is Jesus. By faith, we now lean as fully upon you as we can. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ merciful and mighty name.