Covenant Prayer Lenten Devotional: Week 6

Posted by Katelynn Downey on

I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.

            Trust. This is the first word that comes to my mind when I read this sentence. In order to freely and heartily give ourselves over to God, to do all things at his pleasure and disposal, we must trust in the Lord. I, for one, know that trusting fully in the Lord is easier said than done. As humans (especially students), we want to control things. We want to do well in school so that we can graduate, we want to get good jobs after graduation, and we want to set ourselves up for what we think will be a successful future. But, sometimes what we think should happen in our lives isn’t what the Lord has planned for us.

            Personally, I am the type of person who tries to plan out everything. I want to know all of the details of every event occurring in my life. And typically, I want to know them on my own time. Recently, I have struggled to accept the fact that the Lord works at his own pace. I know that he has only the best in store for me, but I want to know what that is now - not in two months when I’m walking across the stage at graduation and not a year from now when society tells me that I should already have a good job since I have my college degree. I want to know now.  

            But I can’t control the pace at which the Lord works, and there’s no point in us constantly battling with stress and anxiety over events in our lives which haven’t even occurred yet. The best weapons to combat stress and anxiety are trusting the Lord and his plan for us, and doing that whole-heartedly. By giving our worries to God, we are giving him the power to use us in ways that we cannot even imagine. What about our “plans” for our lives? Those are simply limitations that we put on ourselves. The Lord wants so much more for us, but we can only achieve those things if we truly trust in the Lord and allow him to work in our lives.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

            The Lord is the only one who truly knows our future and the path that is set before us to get there. He has a map for lives. The only way we can find the path that he has for us is to trust full-heartedly in him. We need to give our worries to him. We can do this by talking to him.  He will listen to our concerns and our worries. But, feel comforted when you pray to him. Don’t pray with the intentions of asking for specific things to happen in your life, but pray with the intentions of finding the path that the Lord has for you and his guidance to get you there. If he puts what seems like obstacles in front of you, know that he only put them there to strengthen you. When you go through lean periods of your life, know that there is a reason he has put you in that position. Draw closer to the Lord through his word and pray for reassurance rather than increasing your doubts and continually questioning. He has a plan for all of us. We just have to trust in him in order to get to the place where he wants us to be.