Prayer of guidance
Admonition to Trust and Honor God
My child, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments;
for length of days and years of life
and abundant welfare they will give you.
Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good repute
in the sight of God and of people.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own insight.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be a healing for your flesh
and a refreshment for your body.
Honor the Lord with your substance
and with the first fruits of all your produce;
then your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will be bursting with wine.
My child, do not despise the Lord’s discipline
or be weary of his reproof,
for the Lord reproves the one he loves,
as a father the son in whom he delights.
The second prayer we get is a prayer of guidance. This often comes in response to our first prayer for help. Unlike our first prayer, this is often one we do not speak aloud ourselves. It is one we listen to and receive from God. It is His response to our cry for help.
It takes a willingness to listen and trust to benefit from this guidance. Some fair-weather friends of God only trust so long as the money keeps coming in. Real faith does not rely upon prosperity though. Real faith is willing to forego wealth in exchange for whatever and however God, Who knows better than us, chooses to provide. Real faith does not rely on physical healing. The dying thief who shouted to Jesus, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” was not praying a prayer of faith and trust. He was not listening for guidance. The man opposite him though, even in the midst of his suffering was willing to listen. It was the listener who heard the words “Today you will be with me in paradise.”
What will help you listen to God today?
What do you hear God saying to you?