I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. Psalm 32:8-9 (NIV)
Do you think that you know it all? Do you need no instruction? Do you have all of life figured out? Do you have no need for anyone to teach you? Do you know exactly where you should go? Do you know for sure what you must do? Lord, I know nothing. I need all the instruction you will give me. I have nothing figured out. I need you to teach me. I have no idea where I should go. I don’t have a clue what I must do. I need you to counsel me. I want you to guide me. I desperately want you to watch over my life. Your answers are a little surprising. You’re surprised? No, I’m not surprised. Nothing ever surprises me. You should be surprised by your own answers. Why is that?
You seem desperate for help. I am desperate for help. No one would ever guess that by watching you. Why is that? A desperate person asks for help. A desperate person cries out for help. A desperate person goes no further until they receive the help that they will need to move forward. A desperate person comes to a complete stop and waits for help. I don’t see you waiting. I don’t hear you asking. I don’t hear you crying out. Your life looks nothing like a complete stop. Your life looks more like one frantic activity after another. You are trying one thing after another. Yes, it looks and feels like I am going and doing nothing pretty fast. I’m wearing myself out as I waste my life on what will not amount to anything of real value. That’s right.
I know what’s wrong. What’s that? I have been full of myself. I have been filled with pride. I have thought that I knew it all. I have not stopped to ask for directions. I have not listened for instructions. I have done only what seemed right to me. I have been stubborn. I have been unwilling to receive directions. I have not been open to correction. That’s not good. I know.
Here I am right now. I ask your forgiveness for my stubbornness. I confess that I need you. I need your help. I want to know you and your ways. I want to do what pleases you. I want to go where you guide me. I want to do all that you ask of me. Instruct me, teach me, guide me, counsel and watch over me. My life is in your hands. I’m at a full stop. I’m waiting. I’m watching. I’m listening. Help me please. Yes, I will.
Father, thank you that your loving eyes are on me. My eyes are also on you. You have my full interest and attention. Instruct and teach me now. Counsel and guide my life according to your purposes and plans. I’m listening to you. Amen
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