PRAYER FOR THE GRACE TO LOOK UP
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7
I can be so frustrated, Lord. I want a certain person to keep their promises so that I have what I need. As long as they don’t, I’m angry and discontented. “If only my parent would tell me I’m precious to them, I’d feel whole.” “If only she would tell me she loves me, my view of myself would change.” “If only he’d quit his addiction, our home would be fixed.” “If only I’d get that the inheritance I deserve, my financial needs would be met!” “If only she’d stop being angry with me, I’d stop feeling guilty all the time.”
Forgive me for looking to broken cisterns for living water. I remember Your words to the Samaritan woman at the well. There is such a thing as living water and when I drink of You, I will never have to look to other sources again to feel whole. I may live wanting, praying, but will in no way live crippled while I wait.
All the provision I need is in You! I pray this out loud again till my whole soul believes it. You hold all my provision financially. You hold my health in Your hands. You offered me a place in Your family even when I was Your enemy. You offer grace to help me in my habitual sins. You offer forgiveness that puts my past out of sight. You offer me a shelter when others come accusing unfairly. You offer reassurance when others would tire of my need to hear it. As I wait for answers to prayer, help me realize that I can spend time receiving what You’ve already offered. My heart has been closed or skeptical. Don’t let me pass You by!
I will not look to my world to demand of them. I release them to you in prayer for You to change them. I look to You, perfect Savior, for everything I need today. You have it all and will release it at exactly the right time. As I wait, I give up all rights to know why I wait. I trust Your sovereign rule in my life. Your plans for me are for good – to give me a future and a hope. Praise be to You, magnificent Lord. Amen