You are really speaking to me about my unwillingness to do Your will when it comes to daily planning. You are showing me that this particular sin is rooted in pride.
This is what my daily actions look like:
-Wake up (good action)
-Greet you good morning & praise you for a new day (good action)
-Read my Daily Devotional to myself and my husband (good action)
-Exercise (good action)
-Eat breakfast (good action)
Then it gets hazy. I look at my “to do” list and start planning the day. I do ask for your will in planning (good action) BUT if you throw anything else into my day, I start to dictate what my day is supposed to look like. Pride steps in and I am essentially telling you, “Hey, I know what is supposed to be done today so I don’t need your input.” The world calls it good time management.
Here is an instance:
-A friend calls. This totally sends me over the edge. I think to myself “I have 5 hours left until my husband gets home so I need to do this and this and this within that time. I cannot possibly talk to this friend right now. Leave a message and I’ll put you on my “to do” list for a call back.” (Bad action)
You, Jesus, knowing ALL, had the friend call because they need encouragement or advice. I did not pass your test with my action.
You are telling me in my heart so loud and clear, that you give me everything, including my time. It is yours to use however you see fit, IF I choose to be a willing servant.
Please have patience with me. I am so sorry for this prideful attitude. Please forgive me. I know I am learning this lesson because I would not be able to hear you without an open heart. I also feel the urgency to share on this website, in case others need to learn this lesson. Taking the time to write this is not part of my plan, it is yours. Philippians 2:3
This is a beautiful prayer. It reminds me of the times I used to keep a prayer journal and now I'm wondering why I don't have time for that anymore. If you wanted to rework this into a devotion, I think it would make an outstanding one. My favorite devotion magazine is the Upper Room. If you want to check out their website and writer guidelines, then when you think you have it ready to submit, I'd be delighted to look it over for you. Of course, it is also quite effective as a prayer, so it doesn't have to be a devotion unless you want to submit it to some devo magazines. You have a wonderful way of seeing God's word in everyday things.
Here is an incredible follow-up testimony to this prayer. A friend did call today, we chit-chatted idly for ½ hour. Then she blurted out that she is really struggling with not knowing God’s purpose for her. We discussed that in depth. Jesus gave me an opportunity to do His will & because I was open, He blessed both of us (friend and self.) Thank you Jesus!!
It is so nice to meet you Michael! It is wonderful that you as the owner, are taking the time to review our articles! That is a true testimony to listening to God versus your own daily planner!! Thank you! Thanks to Beaa also!