Today, we continue sharing devotionals from the book Let’s Pray: Talking to God with the Words of the Bible, by Dr. James Banks, who serves as a pastor at Peace Church in Durham, North Carolina and is a regular writer for Our Daily Bread. We finished up our chapter from Let’s Pray on Prayers for Guidance and Direction today.
The temptation we often face is to run our own lives and then ask God to bless us. What God wants from us is very different. Oswald Chambers observes, “If we could see the floor of God’s immediate presence, we would find it strewn with the ‘toys’ of God’s children who have said, “This is broken. I can’t play with it anymore, please give me another present.” Only one in a thousand sits down in the midst of it all and says “I will watch my Father mend this”.
David prayed “O Lord, I give my life to you… show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you”. The Bible’s prayers for guidance and direction all have dependence as their starting point. In every instance, God matters more than what is asked, even though the request may be urgent.
Our Shepherd wants us near Him, especially when we don’t know which road to take. These are prayers to help us draw close…
1. Show me the right path
“O Lord, I give my life to you. No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.”
2. Send your light to guide me
“Send out your light and your truth; let them guide me. Let them lead me to your holy mountain, to the place where you live. There I will go to the altar of God, to God – the source of all my joy. I will praise you with my harp, O God, my God.” (Psalm 43:3-4)
3. Guide my steps by your word
“Your laws are wonderful. No wonder I obey them! The teaching of Your word gives light, so even the simple can understand. I pant with expectation, longing for your commands. Come and show me your mercy, as you do for all who love your name. Guide my steps by your word, so I will not be overcome by evil. Ransom me from the oppression of evil people; then I can obey your commandments. Look upon me with love, teach me your decrees. Rivers of tears gush from my eyes because people disobey your instructions.” (Psalm 119:129-136)
Show me your presence, Lord – From Exodus 33:18
Show me to how to have more faith – From Luke 17:5
What should I do? – From Acts 22:10
Thanks for listening!
– Lilly and Hannah!