My Father, I want to be a man of discernment. I want to be a man thoroughly committed to acting on your will as I discern it. But I know that that means I must be committed to nurturing a spirit of patience and quietness in myself — a quietness that is not overridden by an undue sense of urgency.
I confess, Lord, that my foolish habit of procrastination causes me to operate very often out of an undue sense of urgency — an urgency of my own making. My own procrastination causes me to often to live too close to the time of decision, and so deprives me of real or perceived time for listening, reflecting, confirming, refining.
Please, forgive me for this foolish, unstewardly, and stubborn habit. Please, free me from it.
“Our friendship with God is sustained in prayer, and it is in prayer that we encounter the will and purposes of God and allow God to speak to our wills, our motives, our diseases, and our priorities.” Gordon T. Smith, Listening to God in Times of Choice: The Art of Discerning God’s Will, pg. 21.
“We must take steps to channel our interests, our passions, and our desires into paths of importance and ways of blessing. We should seek the kingdom [of God] — with passion.” Stuart Briscoe, Time Bandits: Putting First Things First, pg. 37.
© 2009 Gary A. Chorpenning