A prayer for wise choices

Oh lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days;Let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my day’s a few handbreaths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a shadow before you! Surely for nothing they are in turmoil; man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather!
And now, oh Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you. Psalm 39.4–7

Sovereign Father, though I have no desire to know the exact day or means by which you will take me home, I am committed to live with that they in view. Because the gospel is true, I have no fear of dying. I really believe that to be absent from my body will mean that I am immediately present with you. The sting of my death has been removed. The grave has been robbed of its victory over me and my body. I can honestly say with Paul that it is better by far to depart and be with the Lord.

But until that departure, how do you want me to invest the rest of my days? I have spent enough years bustling about in vanity, keeping up stuff that will surely only end up in the ash heap one day. Should you give me one more, 10 more, 25 more years, how can the gospel of your kingdom and the riches of your grace claim and fill the span of those brief years?

What do I need to make a bigger deal about—and a lesser deal up? What things do I simply need to let go of? Who should I be spending more time with or, quite honestly, less time with?

The two things that define the rest of history are your commitment to redeem your people through the gospel and your commitment to make all things new through Jesus. How do you want me to engage with both of those stories with my friends in church?

Indeed, give me a greater love for people who don’t know Jesus, Father. I spend way too much time just with other Christians. And help me live more intentionally as an agent of redemption and restoration in my community and neighborhood. I pray in Jesus magnificent name. Amen

~ Scotty Smith, Everyday Prayers

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