Prayers for Workers: Trusting in God

By Mark D. Roberts

November 22, 2019

Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
+++but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.

Psalm 20:7 (NIV)



Gracious God, sometimes it’s easier to trust in things I can see, things I can touch, things I can control. I don’t trust in chariots and horses, but I do put my confidence in technology, in careful planning, and in hard work. I trust the people in my life to be faithful and diligent, to follow through on their commitments.

A black and white image of woman's hands holding a crossSuch acts of trust are not necessarily wrong, but they are wrong when they take the place of my trust in you. I confess that there are times – too many of them – when I rely on everything else but you. For too often, I lean mainly on myself. I think that if I just work hard enough, try hard enough, pray hard enough, and worry hard enough, that things will work out. Forgive me, Lord, for my misplaced trust.

Today I renew my trust in you, O God. I remember your trustworthiness in the past, your goodness piled up in my life, your mercy when I fail, your love that never lets me go. Yes, I trust you, Lord: with my work and my family, with my projects and my health, with my hopes and my fears, my longings and my losses. Thank you for being such a trustworthy God! Amen.

Ponder Throughout the Day:

You can trust in God because God is trustworthy.

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Mark D. Roberts

Senior Strategist

Dr. Mark D. Roberts is a Senior Strategist for Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership, where he focuses on the spiritual development and thriving of leaders. He is the principal writer of the daily devotional, Life for Leaders,...

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