Scotty Smith brings a prayer that seeks to apply a truth that brings peace and liberty.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Rev. 22:13 (NIV)
When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul. Ps. 94:19 (ESV)
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isa. 26:3 (NLT)
Heavenly Father, it’s time for us to shift our focus from the immediacy of our fears, hurts, and disappointments, to the permanency of who you are. It’s one thing to be lovingly concerned about a matter, and another to anxiously obsess about it. Praying without ceasing is awesome, vexing without sleeping isn’t.
So, with palms up, we release our burdens and worries to you, Lord. Not that we’ll care less, but we will trust more. You are God, and we are very much not so. In your time, and on your dime, you’ll finish the good work you started in your children, creation, and history. Though our unbelief says otherwise, you’re neither AWOL or disinterested, bored or negligent. About everything, you say, “I’ve got this one.”
You are the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End, and everything in between. You are Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—perfect Trinity, and you’re not looking to make a Trio into a Quartet. You don’t need us; you love us. Though the cares of our hearts are many, your consolations way outnumber them.
When we fix our thoughts on you—as opposed to fixating on messy situations and messy people, your peace centers, settles, and liberates us. So as this day begins, and continues, we choose liberation over consternation; we choose to count blessings over messes; we choose to believe the gospel over trying to be our own savior, or anybody else’s. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ wonderful and merciful name.