I know, O LORD, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps. Jeremiah 10:23 (NIV)
I know that you are the director of my life. I know that everything good that I am, have or hope to be has or will come from you. You have given me many good gifts. You have drawn me to yourself. You have given me grace. You have forgiven my sins. You have cleansed my unrighteousness. You have adopted me into your family and made me to be your child. You have allowed me to taste of your kindness, mercy and love. You have made it so I can love in an intimate relationship with you. You have withheld no good thing from me. I am most happy that you have set me on fire to want to love, follow and serve you. You have given me gifts and talents and abilities with which I can bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, I have done all of these things for you. For that. I am thankful beyond measure. That is very good.
What else do you want? I want everything. What do you mean by that? I want to receive everything that you want to give me. I want to know you. I want to walk in your ways. I want to fully live the life you have called me to live. I want to do what is good and right and pleasing to you. I want to discover and use all the gift and talents and abilities you have given to me. I want to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom. I want you to do in and through me what I could not even think or imagine so I can shine brightly as your witness in the world. All these are very good desires. I know. How so? They come from you. Yes, they do.
Is there one very specific thing that you would like to receive from me? Yes, there is one specific thing I want you to do with me. What’s that? I want you to make me to be a man of prayer. I want to live my life in a constant dialogue with you. I want to hear your voice. I want to receive your instruction. I want to follow your guidance. I want you to teach me how to pray. How is that for being specific? That is very specific. You have asked for something that it will be my delight to hear and answer. Keep on drawing near to me and I will teach you how to pray. I will speak to you. I will guard and guide your life. I will lead you to where I want you to go. I will give you what I want you to do. You will live your life in a constant dialogue of prayer with me. How is that? That is beyond what I could ask for or imagine. Yes, it is. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I have taken missteps in life. Frequently, I have followed my own instruction and relied on my own guidance. What a mistake that has been. You are the leader of my life. I will follow you to where you lead me so I will be able to do what you ask of me. Amen
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