I ran this morning, for the third time in the past week...and the past year. Yep, I'm starting over AGAIN, rebuilding my endurance and love for running all over again. The best part of running, for me, is that dedicated time with God. His presence is so real as I run, especially when I run in the dark on a country road where streetlights are far and few between. The ambient light from the cloud covered moon and stars makes my flashlight with that precious beam that illuminates only about six feet in front of me all the more important.
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. ~Psalm 119:105
In those dark morning runs, just like in those dark life moments, staying focused on God, being fully in His presence is the difference between taking the next step or being frozen in fear or confusion. So as I run, I talk with God, praising Him, speaking His Word boldly, thanking Him with every step I take, and the dark miles melt away.
Praying Away Confusion with God's Word
Speaking His Word out loud changes everything. Not only because I need to hear it with my own ears, but because God says so.
So shall My Word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper the thing for which I sent it. ~Isaiah 55:11
Since God's thoughts and ways are higher than mine (Isaiah 55:8-9), and He tells us His Word when spoken doesn't return void, I'm going to speak order into the busyness and confusion of my life.
Father God, thank You for being my Creator, the Author and Finisher of my faith and the Lover of my soul. In the name of Your Son, my Lord and Savior, I ask that You remove any and all confusion from me and my life. Reveal to me in real ways that You are the Author of peace and not confusion, that You order my steps, that when I lean on You and Your Word instead of my own understanding, everything changes.
Lord, in accordance with Your Word, I pray....
...that I will trust in You, Lord, with all my heart, mind, soul and strength, and I won't lean on my own understanding. I will acknowledge You in all my ways and You will direct my paths. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6
...that You, my Lord, will instruct me and teach me in the way I should go. ~ Psalm 32:8
...that I will be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, I will let my requests be made known to You, God; and Your peace, which surpasses all understanding, will guard my heart and mind through Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:6-7
...that I know that where envy and self seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from You is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. ~James 3:16-17
...that when I feel confused, I will remember and understand that You, God, are not the author of confusion, but of peace. ~1 Corinthians 14:33
...that I will remember that You have not given me a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind. ~2 Timothy 1:7
...that when I lack wisdom, I will ask of You, loving Father, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to me! ~James 1:5
And I pray all of these things in the precious and powerful name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, my Savior. Amen!
Starting anything over can be confusing...invite Jesus into your situation, He will put it all in perspective if you let Him. I've got 202 days to train to run 26.2 miles in less than six hours. Sounds pretty daunting apart from Jesus, but I know that through Him, I can do all things! I'm excited to take each step with Him. Will you take those steps, too, for whatever you are facing?
Print this out, tape it to your bathroom mirror and start your day by clearing any confusion with God's Word!
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