Worth Reading–March 15, 2012
Here’s another great prayer from Scotty Smith.
A Prayer for Trusting Jesus
By Scotty Smith
“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” Psalm 143:8
Dear Lord Jesus, in the morning, at mid-day, in the afternoon and throughout the night, keep on bringing us word of your unfailing love. That’s all we need, that’s all we really need. By the Holy Spirit, incessantly gossip the gospel in the deepest chambers of our souls. Wrap the good news of your endless affections around our hearts, tighter and tighter and tighter. Permeate every bit of our being with your fresh mercies, steadfast love and transforming grace, for we have put our trust in you.
Jesus, it’s the assurance of your unfailing love which enables us to trust you with the transitions we go through in life and the uncertainties about the future. Change is never easy. Change makes us feel vulnerable and insecure. Change makes us idolize the “old days” and fear the coming days.
We get tempted, once again, to be our own savior. We run to our “broken cisterns” for water (Jer. 2:13); we try walking by the light our own torches (Isa. 50:11); or trust in wanna-be gods that are not God (Exodus 20:3). Spare us that misery, Jesus, spare us and those we love. May your Word dwell in us richly and your peace rule in us powerfully; and may your glory be our main passion and delight.
We’ve entrusted our lives to you, Jesus, because you alone are trustworthy. We’ve given you our sins, wounds, brokenness and weakness. Now, in fresh surrender, we give you our planning for the next season of our lives. Show us the way we should go through our transitions—transitions of age and stage; career and calling; health and finances; relationships and ministries. Write stories of redemption beyond our wildest dreams and hopes. It’s all about you, Jesus, not us, but you. It always has been and always will be about you.
We’re not so arrogant as to expect all the details about the next season. Just take us by the hand and lead the way. Shepherd us, Jesus, open doors we cannot shut and shut doors we cannot open. All we need to know is that you love us, that you’re in control and that you’re with us. You’ve promised us all three, and you’ve never lied. So very Amen we pray, in your peerless and priceless name.