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Exchanging My Plans for God’s
Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.
- —Proverbs 19:21
Lord, how many times have You heard me say, “So much to do, so little time”? When I catch myself repeating this mantra, it is followed by a shrug of resignation. Lord, is it the plight of humans to be so busy with plans for improvement, gain, success? My culture tells me it is so. God, shake the foundations of self-absorbed plans. Reveal to me the purpose You have for me, my time, my money, my work, my family, my today.
Take my tightly held heart. Reshape it. Let it expand to fit that place You have made for me in this world. Help me to not settle for a life of busyness that does not make room for what I should be doing. You have something far greater for me to grow into: Your purpose for my life.
My Purpose in Your Church
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.
- —Philippians 2:1-2
Lord, help me to be like-minded with my community of fellowship. Guide me to compassion when in the presence of others’ pain. Let me tend to people with the love You give. Empower me with a spirit of willingness to work with Your children.
I see a display of Your character wherever people are gathered, Lord. Our differences balance into wholeness through Your grace. It can be so difficult to look past the human idiosyncrasies. They distract us. They give us excuses to place people in categories or push them away. Let me see a person as a whole being. A physical, intellectual, and spiritual child of God. I pray that my actions will always help and not hinder the body of Christ’s progression toward Your purpose.
How God Works
We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
- —Romans 8:28
Lately, not many things seem to be working together for good, Lord. I am not complaining, just stating it like it is. But of course, I don’t see as far down the road as You do…and perhaps a few of these situations just didn’t work out in my favor. As I revisit the circumstances, maybe these moments were not about my personal success, but someone else’s. Did I handle it well, Lord?
I pray for a sense of Your grand vision. Help me take every disappointing event, answer, and outcome and look at it from Your perspective. I may not see evidence of Your plan, so let me rest in my knowledge of Your love. Grant my heart peace when I am uncertain of the road I travel, Lord. I will keep moving, one foot in front of the other, because I have been called to good things.
The LORD will fulfill [his purpose] for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever—do not abandon the works of your hands.
- —Psalm 138:8
Don’t stop now, Lord. I am finally catching Your vision for my life. It has taken me a while, and I’ve had to walk through a lot of mistakes, but I am here and ready to receive Your purpose. What would You have me do next? Your patience over the years has shown me that You will not abandon the work You have begun. Lead me to the next step.
When I listen to others or even to my own negative thoughts, I am tempted to quit trying. Your love inspires me to keep going. And each time I move forward, my step is more steady. I am certain You will follow through. And I will follow Your example. So, what’s next?
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