Father, You have described those who do not follow You and those who do. Unfortunately, I sometimes display the characteristics of both.
You say “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.” And yet there are times when I do not remain quiet and trusting. “Yet,” You tell me “the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore He will rise up to show you compassion.”
What an amazing God You are! Even when I am not faithful, You are patient and merciful to me!
Father, You have promised, “As soon as You hear, You will answer me.” And have said that “my ears will hear a voice behind me saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it.’” I could ask for nothing more.
Even now, as I call out to You, I know that You can hear my voice and will answer me. Father, there are circumstances in my life that present options and opportunities, choices. And I must decide.
Fear would freeze me where I stand, preventing me from moving ahead in any direction. But I believe that You have wisdom I need. I believe You have the ability to see into the future to know which is the right way for me to go.
You also know my past, and the way that You created me, with strengths, gifts, and talents, as well as weaknesses. So You know what You have already prepared me for, and what is best for me.
Father, I have access to the wisdom of the world. I have friends who would probably tell me what they think I want to hear. But I desire to live my life by Your wisdom.
Be the voice that I hear behind me, in my ear, telling me which is the way to walk. Show me which path to take. Show me when to wait and when to go forward. Open my ears and my Spirit so I can hear and understand what You tell me.
And give me the boldness to be obedient to what that is.
“And I will sing…my heart will rejoice.” I will rest in my salvation. And will remain in quietness and trust. These will be my strength. Amen