PRAYER FOR RESTORED TRUST
Do not trust in princes, in mortal man, in whom there is no salvation. His spirit departs, he returns to the earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God. Psalm 146:3-5
Hope ~ expectation or desire for a certain thing to happen.
Lord, You have been teaching me where hope is misplaced. This has been the lesson of my life. There are so many around me who claimed to have solutions for things that distressed me. Sometimes they did. Most times they did not. There are even a few others who claimed to ‘be’ my salvation, my answer for whatever I was lacking. They were not. They became an idol as I placed all my hopes in them. As their humanness surfaced, I was angry, then depressed.
Your lessons were hard at first. You pushed the idols off my pedestal and exposed them. My hope in them grew faint instantly. Hope trembled and then became a phantom. All that was left was You. All along You were there. In You my hope is never misplaced. In You I can take refuge no matter what the threat. In You I have a defender against all accusers. In You I have a caretaker for all those who are fragile around me. In You I have a refuge for the storms that loom on the horizon of the earth.
In every way my hope in You may be unbiblical, show me. I do not look to You to make me wealthy, or to relieve my painful circumstances when I believe I need the rescue. My hope is in Your promise that You rule righteously and do all things well in my life. My hope is in Your steadfast love for me and Your sustaining grace. My hope is rock solid even when I don’t understand Your answers to my prayers. My hope is in You and all that You offer me in covenant love. Amen