“Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’” James 4:13-15
Lord God, I often forgot how small, insignificant, and powerless I really am. There is an arrogance about me when I plan as if my plans were the only ones that matter. There is an arrogance about me when I worry as if my way was the only way. There is an arrogance that happens whenever I think about my life as if it was my will. Lord, teach me to pray, “Your will be done.” My life is a mist; I’m here one moment and gone the next. My control over the events of each day is so limited, but yours is unlimited. My view of the future and my plan for it is hardly clear; but your view of the future and plan for my life is crystal clear. You’ve been seeing my life and my eternity long before I was even born. Lord, you are great. Your plans are perfect. And your will for me is good. Your will be done. Teach me to pray it. Amen.