Day 7 – Lord, Lead Me
As a new day stands before me, I need God’s guidance. To pray “Lord, lead me” is to seek God’s leadership to direct me.
It’s saying to the Lord: “I’ll go where you want me to go. I’ll do what you want me to do. I’ll say what you want me to say. Wherever you lead, I’ll follow.”
At first this might make you feel apprehensive. You’re asking God to take the reins of your life. But this is what faith is all about. God’s plans for you and me are better than our own.
God assures us: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go” (Psalm 32:8).
God provides his general direction through his Word, of course. But I also need specific direction in organizing my day and responding to needs that arise. People, projects, conversations, opportunities, assignments, communications, the planned, the unexpected.
When I’m facing the right direction, the next steps to take are typically more obvious.
God adds: “I will counsel you with my loving eye on you” (Psalm 32:8).
Just like parents communicate to their children with their eyes without saying a word, so too God communicates to us, guides us, counsels us, directs us with his loving eye.
God also cautions and counsels us: “Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you” (Psalm 32:9).
We don’t want to be like headstrong animals and make it difficult for ourselves by resisting God’s lead. If necessary, the Lord will use the bit and bridle approach in our lives. But he would much rather teach us the way to go and lead us with his loving eye.
As God leads me, I can expect that God will speak in my words, think in my thoughts, and work in all my actions.
My plans committed to God will be reached. When I get to the end of the day, I can be assured that I have accomplished everything God wanted me to accomplish.
For regular days, I seek to follow God’s agenda for my life that day. For difficult days, I remind myself that God will bring nothing into my life except by his love and sovereignty.
It begins with a simple “Lord, lead me” prayer.
Prayer: “Lord, cause me to know and do what you want today and every day.”
~ Pastor Dave