I have always been inquisitive, so much so that my mom couldn’t go an hour without me asking where she was going, what we were having for dinner, or when dad would be home. It’s not just curiosity, but it’s also an innate desire to prepare. I can spend hours thinking about what to make for dinner, outfits for the week, or a single conversation needing to be had. Right now, you are likely thinking, “She’s crazy. I should stop here,” or there might be a small chance that this resonates. This sincere determination to know what’s ahead and prepare accordingly.
I can’t think of anyone who enjoys being caught off guard. We want control and composure, and ultimately to be prepared for whatever is coming. I think this must be why the scriptures repeat over and over again how we must focus on today, how Jesus has gone before us, and the significance of God’s sovereignty. This is the spoken and inspired Word, but we still forget it’s truth.
And in the entire thread of Scripture, we read how God sent Jesus to go before us to completely fulfill the gospel and prepare the way to the Kingdom of Heaven. God’s faithfulness has never failed. It has been tested, it has been doubted, and it has proven unshakeable. Still, the question remains, why is it so difficult to trust God with tomorrow?
In Exodus, God led them by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. He provided manna for the day, and only that day. He declared faithfulness and commanded dependence. The people knew only how to follow God for the single day ahead of them. They hadn’t a choice to ponder his provision for the next day, week, year. They weren’t planning for anything; they were just walking forward.
How would our lives change if we were faithful today and prayerful for tomorrow? We get more caught up praying for today and promising faithfulness tomorrow.
At the end of the day, it’s fear. We are so afraid of the possibilities, the rejection, the weight of responsibility that we end up missing things. We miss grand opportunities, meaningful connections, and simple yet glorious moments. God’s displayed glory is held back when we neglect to ask for it.
We don’t pray.
When I look at Scripture, I see a lot of stories that demonstrate God’s sovereign will through his people’s dependence. Moses wouldn’t have led the Israelites if he hadn’t been commanded by the Lord to do so. The way set before the Israelites is a direct representation of the God who sent them on that way. They walked in obedience because they listened to God’s direction.
If we did pray for today and just walk forward, I have a feeling that we’d be walking more restfully, joyfully, and fruitfully. Our minds would not be anxiously preparing each moment, interaction, and opportunity. Instead, we could restfully trust in God to be who he says he is and we’d get to watch him provide us with victories one day at a time.
Our hearts would not feel the burden of responsibility to accomplish more than we’re asked. Rather, we would be open to listening for a still small voice that leads to God’s work. Our spirits would not fall into self-sufficiency, which quenches the Spirit and results in nothing. Instead, we would abide in him who produces fruit and faith that leads to heart worship.
These distinctions of fear and faith lead us out of death and into abundant life. The spiritual discipline of prayer takes care of tomorrow, and next week, and next year. If we can pray, we can rest. And if we can rest, we can trust God with tomorrow.
This is so much more than letting go of control; it is believing that Jesus did become a man who died for our sins and defeated the grave. Because if the gospel is true, and Jesus did this, then how can we doubt tomorrow? If the Kingdom of Heaven has been prepared for our arrival, is not tomorrow readied too?
Bruce Wilkinson says, “Simply put, God favors those who ask. He holds back nothing from those who want and earnestly long for what He wants.” This is my challenge to you. Pray earnestly for tomorrow, and walk boldly today. After living like this, evaluate the desires, opportunities, and trust that God provides. My guess is that favor will follow your faithful prayers.
Chelsea Vaughn (@chelsea725) has served a ministry she helped start in the DFW Metroplex since she graduated from college. She received her undergraduate degree at Dallas Baptist University in Communication Theory. She does freelance writing, editing, and speaking for various organizations and non-profits. She hopes to spend her life using her gift for communication to reach culture and communities with the love of Jesus.