A Prayer to Walk God’s Path of Life

You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
(Psalm 16:11)

Father, there is so much that wearies me in our world right now. I know I am not alone in this, but am likely one more soul crying out to You for help and change. Help us amidst the pandemic, the tensions between people, and the pains in our world. Preserve us when all else feels unstable. Forgive us for turning aside from Your ways, which has led us into this mess of our own making.

Father, while all this is happening, I pray that You would make known to us the path of life. Reveal what are paths of death and deliver us from them. Give us grace and strength to find life with You and to walk along Your ways toward what promises hope and fullness. Bring us into a filling of joy in Your presence. In the places where depletion, weariness, and confusion arise, please, Lord, lead us into true, unassailable life in You.

You Alone: a prayer of dedication

Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure. (Psalm 16:5)

You alone.
Lord, it is You alone.
Although I sometimes
turn toward others sources
of strength or joy,
it is You alone
who is my portion and my cup.

My sustenance is in You.
My provision is in You.
My security is in You.
My joy is in You.
Lord, my God,
my King and my Savior,
it is You alone.

Purify my heart
from all idols and false loves.
Clear out all the wrong desires
and twisted pursuits.
Bring me back to my first love,
my one holy desire and passion,
my solitary pursuit of You—
You alone.