Prayer of Direction

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O Lord of Hosts,

You alone are the pre-existing One (Nehemiah 9:6). You made the visible universe, with its prairies, mountains, streams, and oceans. Everything beneath my feet and above my vision came into being by Your spoken Word (John 1:1).

When I consider the galaxies You affixed into place, I grapple to understand how each star may represent an angel, created for Your praise and our service (Psalm 148:2; Hebrews 1:14). “To you, O God, belong the greatness and the might, the glory, the victory, the majesty, the splendor; Yes! Everything in heaven, everything on earth; the kingdom all yours! You’ve raised yourself high over all” (1 Chronicles 29:11 The Message).

My mind struggles to comprehend all that You are, and yet I can easily fall back into small thinking. I whine and fret for things to “get back to normal,” for I confess I was well-contented with my previous life of little growth. Yes, Father, I radically needed a change.

So, once again, You spoke, and this time shook my world to the core of my being (Hebrews 12:26). My pre-corona life of frenzy and agitation, amusement and entertainment, distraction and diversion, rocked violently, and crumbled underneath me. As I stood stripped of their facade, I remembered what matters amid the silence.

Thank You, Father, for the upheaval. I needed this minuscule dose of affliction (Psalm 119:71). It’s given me a pixel-sized share of the sufferings currently served up across the world. This adversity tested my confidence and disciplined my reactions (James 1:2-3; Hebrews 12:7). You reveal that only heat can purify faith (1 Peter 1:6-7).

No matter how much I react, thank You for counting me worthy for this exercise of endurance. Even Your first-born Son learned lessons of obedience through suffering (Hebrews 5:8). Grant me strength and steadfastness so that I may become mature and complete, lacking in nothing (James 1:4).

I don’t want to go back to that pre-corona life. Doing so would squander the value of the quaking with a wishful, backward glance (Exodus 14:10-12). I’ve taken Your advice and considered Lot’s wife (Genesis 19; Luke 17:32). Thank You for being a forward-thinking God, Who always puts the goal in front of me, never behind (Hebrews 12:1). Give me eyes to see the life-seed of reconciliation, renewal, and revival amid this rubble. You are truly doing something brand new (Isaiah 43:18-19). Grant me the patience to see it come forth.

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Sheltering in place may have rocked my righteousness, peace, and joy, yet it was only my consciousness of those things that fluctuated. Qualities hidden within Your Spirit cannot crumble (Romans 14:17; Hebrews 12:27). “The mountains may be removed, and the hills may shake, but (Your) lovingkindness will not removed from (me) and (Your) covenant of Peace will not be shaken” (Isaiah 54:10). Thank You for being the solid Rock on which I may build my life (Psalm 62:2).

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Don’t return me into the clouds of shallowness, selfishness, and distraction. These only serve to veil the sun and canopy Your brilliance. Draw me upward, to live above the turbulence in the calm light of Your Presence. In that realm, I see You more clearly and remember Who is in charge of light and darkness, well-being, and calamity (Isaiah 45:6-7). I desire You and no other, so lead me on, Gentle Shepherd.