There are prayers of submission. And “I’m at the end of my rope” prayers. A reaching out for answers that, search as we may, have seemed to elude us. A time when the heart cries “How long, O Lord, must I be on this dry desert journey?”

These are the kind of prayers that are meant to cleanse the soul. Prayers that at times are beyond words. They are the deepest, most honest prayers of the heart. But these are also the kinds of prayers that open the heart for new faith journeys, a searching of the heart meant to prepare us for new challenges and unimagined possibilities.

Let uncertainty and frustration give way to anticipation. Hold on to the fact that our Lord is a faithful guide. He is with you on a sure and certain path. “He has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you.’ So [we] can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.” (Hebrews 13:5,6) In your mind, in the deepest places of your heart, spell “CONFIDENCE” with capital letters. “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Lord, help me to trust you more deeply, especially when the way is unclear. Amen.

Photos courtesy of Ken Jones, copyright 2016

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