Today’s prayer from Scotty Smith’s blog Heavenward. How I needed these truths this morning.
Heavenly Father, though we are quite capable of fretting, carping, and vexing about how out of control things seem, the truth is, nothing could be farther from the truth. We may not always see your hand, discern your heart, or like your ways, but you are God and there is no other. You have never been more aware, engaged, and sovereign than you are today.
Italy has her three tenors, but your Word gives us these three magnificent voices today, all affirming the same glorious truth: You are God, and we are not. You were sovereign over King David’s challenged rule, crazy family, and personal failures. You were sovereign over Isaiah’s difficult ministry, and the outlandish promises you made through him. You were sovereign over Job’s losses and betrayals, misery and waiting. Indeed, no purpose of yours can be (or will be) thwarted.
Surely, therefore Father, we can trust you with however you choose to write our stories. You give and you take away–but always and only to bring glory to yourself. When you wound us, ultimately, it’s to heal us. When you enrich us, it’s to make us more generous. When you wait, it’s not to frustrate us, but to write a better story than we’d choose for ourselves. When you say “No” to our “good” requests, it’s because a better “Yes” is waiting in the wings.
Father, continue to renew our thinking, gentle our heart, and deepen our worship. Once again, we humbly and gladly affirm that you are the Author and Perfecter of our faith. Until the Day “knowing in part” is over, supersize our experience of your grace. Make the gospel bigger and sweeter, that we might whine less and trust more. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ sovereign and loving name.
For more prayers like this, I highly recommend Scotty Smith’s Every Season Prayers: Gospel-centered Prayers for the Whole of Life.