“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you and watch over you”
Years ago when I was praying one morning the Lord suddenly interrupted me with the words,
“Do not come to me as a beggar, come as a son!”
Apart from startling me His words gave me a lot to think about. A beggar pleads – hoping to persuade. A son asks – confident in a positive response. A beggar does not know what he may or may not request. A son does because He knows his Father.
God has given us a number of promises. One of these is,
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go”
When we are in need of direction we can ask the Lord for guidance because of His promise. As His children we can keep on praying until we receive the answer – but not as one begging and trying to stir the Lord into action. After our initial request our prayer can change from asking to believing, for now it is not a question of ‘If’ but ‘When’. Something like this,
Father, you have promised to instruct and teach me in the way that I should go (or act or respond in these circumstances). Help me to recognise and receive Your guidance as it comes.
It keeps the prayer alive – which is good for a number of reasons. It is also a statement of faith to the Lord and a reminder to ourselves. Then we watch and wait for the answer – through Scripture, in a word, through a new understanding, a word of advice etc.
Another promise of God’s is that,
“in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”
Here again we need to ask God to do so in some of the situations that worry us. Then we should look to change our request to a positive affirmation. For example,
Lord You have promised to work for our good in all things. As You work a blessing through this situation open my/our eyes to see Your hand at work.
Finally, try praying the other side of the Lord’s Prayer as well, such as,
- Lord I believe that somehow Your will is being done in me and in my times – please help me to be a part of it.
- Lord Jesus I believe that behind all this Your Kingdom is being established in a glorious way – help me to be a part of it
- Lord God Almighty I believe that Your name will be universally honoured above all other names – help me to be one who does so now.
Lord help me to look for You in all the areas that cause me to fret and, holding them and myself before You, trust that You are with me. Amen.