5 Days of Heart-Calming Prayer

Day 1 of 5 • This day’s reading

Devotional

How immensely encouraging and comforting it is to know that God Himself personally goes before us. That absolutely nothing takes Him by surprise. That when we’re uncertain or confused He is consistently steady and near, ever aware of the specifics of our lives. When our closest friend moves out of state, when our job description extensively changes, and on days when tears sting our eyes more than once, we don’t have to allow anxiety to get the best of us. 


When uneasiness clatters against our hearts, how reassuring it is to know that the Lord is with us and for us, clearing the way ahead. He knows every turn and all the details ahead of us, and in His kindness and goodness He orchestrates the specifics that deeply concern our hearts. Through each disappointment or setback, He never fails us or abandons us. 


Nothing in life remains constant and course changes inevitably happen. Yet “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He is the solid Rock our hearts lean on when the unexpected occurs. We never have to fret or yield to apprehension, because whatever each day holds, He is with us. His beautiful presence leading, calming, and reassuring us every step of the way. 


Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you. (Deuteronomy 31:8)




Lord, I’m grateful that You see the big picture in my life, and yet still You oversee even the smallest of details. When unexpected changes happen, help me to remember that You go before me in all that I do, orchestrating all that concerns my heart, planning my way today and every day. You are ever aware of all the specifics, overseeing everything, never failing me or abandoning me, so I can choose to resist apprehension and rest in your faithfulness. I love that Your awesome, mighty presence leads me, reassures me, and calms my heart. You are the solid Rock stabilizing my heart, and I am grateful. In Jesus’s precious name, amen.