Jesus, Take the Wheel of Our Hearts

Written by: Scotty Smith

May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and Christ’s perseverance2 Thess. 3:5 (NIV)

Lord Jesus, this Scripture reminds me of a line from one of my favorite hymns: “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love. Take my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.” When I throw my heart into "cruise control," it can easily drift in faithless, graceless, loveless directions. Jesus, shepherd me home. You are our true home. Shepherd my heart into a fresh encounter with your great acceptance, love, and delight.

Some days I wake up with my heart programmed to take me to self-pity--when my disappointments loom larger than your delights. Other days, the GPS of my heart seems to gravitate towards people’s appreciation and approval--when my insecurities are more real to me than the gospel. Some afternoons, I lace up my running shoes for a quick jog to unforgiveness and resentment, where I rehearse the failures of others, more than my standing in your grace. That never bodes well.

On other “unguarded-heart-days,” I take little side trips to the village of envy--craving what other people are, or what they have. Some early mornings, I visit the hamlet of "what if's" and "if only's", only to be robbed of joy, gratitude, and contentment. Then there are those foolish trips for a quick dip in the toxic pools of either self-contempt or self-righteousness, depending if my shame or pride have been messing with me.

So, Jesus, on this awesome October morning, I ask you to answer the apostle Paul’s prayer on my behalf, and on behalf of my friends who join me in these prayers. Drive and direct our hearts today into your lavish, liberating, life-giving love. We'll gladly be like one of those automatic driving cars. Jesus, take the wheel, set the course, and get us safely to the destination of rich fellowship and communion with you. What in heaven, or on earth, do we have, need, or really want, besides you? So very Amen I pray, in your awesome and peerless name.



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