Days of searching, praying, questioning.
Conversations with friends, family.
Reading the Bible.
I’m trying to listen; I need to hear from you.
God, I’ve been asked to make a very difficult choice.
Rather than let my ego decide, I thought I’d listen
Someone called this process “discernment,”
but it’s not working, God. Please talk to me!
I am in agony. All I hear is silence.
My prayers bounce off the ceiling.
The deadline is fast approaching.
I’ll be forced to make a decision on my own.
When I stopped fighting and demanding,
your message hovered over me with clarity
like the air after a morning shower.
I knew what you wanted me to do.
It was a gift, and I thank you. Amen.
—Mary Lou Redding, Prayers for Life’s Ordinary and Extraordinary Moments (Upper Room Books, 2012)
How do you connect with God when you need to make a hard decision? Join the conversation.
And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless.
—Philippians 1:9-10 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
This week, make the reflection for each day your prayer, followed by a moment of silence and listening for the still small voice of the Spirit.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
New Every Morning Readers,
We invite you to take advantage of a free 30-day trial subscription to the email edition of The Upper Room daily devotional guide, the only daily devotional written entirely by its readers. To start your free trial, visit upperroom.org/welcome.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Baptism of the Lord
Looking for lectionary-based resources? Learn more about The Upper Room Disciplines.