Seeking God’s Daily Guidance Through Prayer
by Dr. D. Wayne Beeks
How many times have we wondered if what we are doing is rightful and just, before we act, and all too often afterwards? Would God have approved of the actions you took? There is an old cliché many know all too well; “it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission.” Do you not realize that God knows your heart, and would already know your intent to act in a way he would disapprove, only to ask for His forgiveness? In 1892, Charles Spurgeon writes in Sermon #2254:
“Notice, that it was a prayer that came before anything else. It does not say that Nehemiah set a watch and then prayed, but, ‘…Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch’ (Neh 4:9). Prayer must always be the fore-horse of the team! Do whatever else is wise, but not until you have prayed! Send for the physician if you are sick, but first pray. Take the medicine if you have a belief that it will do you good, but first pray. Go and talk to the man who has slandered you, if you think you ought to do so, but first pray. ‘Well, I am going to do so and so,’ says one, ‘and I shall pray for a blessing on it afterwards.’ Do not begin it until you have prayed! Begin, continue and end everything with prayer, but especially begin with prayer. Some people would never begin what they are going to do if they prayed about it first, for they could not ask God’s blessing upon it. Is there anybody here who is going out of this Tabernacle to a place where he should not go? Will he pray first? He knows that he cannot ask a blessing on it and, therefore, he ought not to go there! Go nowhere where you cannot go after prayer! This would often be a good guide in your choice of where you should go. Nehemiah first prayed and then set a watch.” (Sermon 2254, Spurgeon (1834-1892)).
I say that it would be far better to seek God’s direction, righteous and just, from the start, by beginning with prayer. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord …” (Psalm 37:23). Prayer is most simply defined as the personal communication with God. The bible asks us to pray every day without ceasing; “(17) pray without ceasing, (18) give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18). Open your heart and your mind, and through prayer, through your personal communion with God; He will provide you with the direction and guidance you need, a direction that is just in Him.
Lord please guide us in our duties that we are called to perform this day, and we give thanks for the opportunity you have provided for us to serve you, and our communities. We pray for the safety of our fellow officers, and for the safety of those we serve to protect. We give thanks for all the blessings you have given us, and for the friends and family that enrichen our lives. May your spirit fill our hearts, and your Wisdom provide the words we speak.
In Jesus’s name we pray,