My Monday Prayer: Untangled Knots
-Roy Lessin and Marina Bromley
Every valley shall be raised, and every mountain and hill be made low; and let the rough ground become a plain, and the rugged places a broad valley. Isaiah 40:4 AMPC
Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me? Jeremiah 32:27 NKJV
How are we to respond to problems we cannot solve, to differences we cannot reconcile, to difficulties we cannot fix, to heartaches we cannot heal, to tensions we cannot ease? The answer is not to struggle, to strive, or to attempt to work things out in our own wisdom and strength. These are the times when we need to remain hopeful, to renew our trust in the Lord, and to place things in His skilled hands. Only He can heal what we cannot mend, reconcile what we cannot restore, and untangle what we cannot untie.
My Monday Prayer
Lord, today my life seems a tangle of problems, issues, situations. Some I can not even clearly identify, yet I know that they are there, in the center of all the mess I can see.
Father, I know that You alone are the One who can clear this messy up—You see the center root of my issues, You know what I'm doing to make it worse, You know my desire to see it all straightened up, the crooked made straight, the ugly made beautiful, the desolate blooming again.
Lord, I submit myself to You. I can not make things go away. I can not make people change. I can not change points of view, people's circumstances or expectations, but I can control me and my reactions, and believe that You know it all. You were there at the beginning, and You will be with me in the end.
Father, in submitting to You I am asking You to take hold of my own expectations and molding them to Yours. Change my point of view, and make me to be more like You. Help me to trust that You are at work in it all, and help me to believe that Your timing will be perfect in my life and the situations going on. You are the One who made beauty from ashes, who gave sight to the blind man, who made the leper healed. I trust You to work in my ugly, my blindness, my sickness. Let me only remember to return to You with praise on my lips, both while we are in the midst of the suffering or on the journey towards healing. I trust You with today, and tomorrow too. It's in Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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©2022 Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow. Adapted from the book, "A Place at His Table." Used with permission. Photo by Shannon Bromley, used with permission. All rights reserved.
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