When I wake in the night with restless sleep I typically begin to pray. Occasionally, I am still coherent when I finish my prayer but usually I find myself vaguely awake again later throughout the night and pick up somewhere close to where I left off. I then finish in the morning when the alarm jingles before I rise for the day. My intentions are to take everything to Him in prayer trusting in Him and not in myself. Before I know it, the day begins with its activity and commotion and I am off to making decisions without thinking. Sometimes spontaneous and sometimes I need to think deep and hard and still forget to take it to the Lord.
I have been up and down in my spiritual walk when it comes to acknowledging Him in all my ways and trusting in Him instead of my own understanding. In fact, I question how often my own will actually slips in my way more than I realize. The words of Proverbs 3:5-6 state that we should trust in Him with all our hearts and acknowledge Him in all our ways then He will direct our paths. Who doesn’t want the Lord to direct their path and who doesn’t want to live in God’s Will? But how frequently do we begin our day with prayer then once our feet hit the floor, we walk in our own will. I believe sometimes our focus turns that quickly from His Will to our own.
We frequently put our trust in someone else’s words and advice while it may be given with good intention and make good sense at the moment, it may not be from God. We even put our trust in our dreams, but if these dreams aren’t in God’s Will we don’t want to be working towards making these dreams become our reality. We may also allow events to direct our path through our spontaneous or automatic reaction instead of acknowledging God in the situation and bringing it to Him. It takes time and prayer to acknowledge Him in all our ways but we don’t want to be on any path but His.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.