Psalm 86:1-17

Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name. Psalm 86:11

Have you ever shopped at an open-air market or a flea market? Oftentimes, the shopkeepers of these establishments purposely display items without price labels. This clever sales strategy revolves around the premise that customers will bargain with them to arrive at an agreeable price.

When we try to bargain with God, however, the result is not desirable. Have you ever prayed, “God, if You stay out of this area of my life, I will serve You more diligently in all others?”

As we learn more about the character of our heavenly Father, we realize that God wants us to surrender our lives completely to Him. As a loving and compassionate Father, God never forces us to relinquish control. Instead, He calls gently to us, asking us to trust Him with our hopes, dreams, and disappointments. He does not want to control you for the sake of power. He desires to use you in a way that is greater than you can imagine.

Take a moment to think through the areas of your life: your occupation, your hobbies, your health, your relationships. Are you currently allowing God to direct your decisions?

Bring your doubts, fears, and worries to the Lord today in prayer. He loves you and is concerned with even the smallest details of your life. When you are ready to stop bargaining, he will lead you to a place of peace and blessing.

I surrender to You unconditionally, Lord. Lead me to a place of peace and blessing.

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