As young girls, many of us grew up dreaming of the fairy tale stories we were drawn to as children. Visions of the future looked like big weddings, beautiful dresses, a handsome prince, a white picket fence, and a couple of sweet babes to call our own. Oftentimes, things don’t turn out the way we envision it. Real life gets in the way and we result to worrying over things that have no eternal value.
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" (Jeremiah 29:11).
Yes, the future is the great unknown and any and everything is possible, both good and bad. But the Bible says God is in control of the future. And Jesus promised, “Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
No matter what happens or how uncertain the future may seem, you can look forward with confidence because God is always present, and He will be there in the future when you get there.
One of the most spiritual things we can do to combat concern over the future is to pray. God’s will is not a secret. He gives us the framework for His plans throughout the Bible. Your job as you grow into a woman after God’s own heart is to understand what God is saying abut His desires for your future. Here are some specific things you can pray about:
- Pray about your obedience.
As children of God we are to keep His commands. This must be the number one thing on our prayer list each morning.
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (James 1:22).
- Pray about your spiritual growth.
Obedience is the key to unlocking spiritual growth. The more we learn about God’s will and pray for Him to help us abide by it, the more we grow spiritually.
“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Peter 1:2).
- Pray about Purity.
The world we live in is sinful. It is full of people who lie, cheat, steal, use foul language, and dress immodestly. As a girl after God’s own heart, the goal is to remain pure in heart, soul, and body.
“But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do” (1 Peter 1:15).
- Pray about your willingness to work.
The majority of us would likely much rather be lazy on a beach somewhere than doing hard work that produces Godly results. However, anything you want to do well requires time, training, education, dedication, and desire.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (Colossians 3:23).
- Pray for wisdom.
Wisdom is determined by your ability to know, recognize, and do what is right. Our Father is the source of all wisdom.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5).
As you lift up your heart to God in prayer and dig into His Word, you will become more aware of His direction. That will enable you to make wise choices and face each new day with trusting God and looking to Him for guidance. He will hep you to stay on the path of His will toward His best and blessed future for you!
Lord, You know the beginning from the end. I'm so thankful You are in control of all things. I know You hold me in the palm of Your hand, and You have a future full of hope for me. Please help me to always remain obedient to Your Word and Your Will. Amen.
RENEWING RESOURCES:A Girl’s Guide to Prayer by Elizabeth George is a wonderful resource that will help your tween understand what prayer really is, how to pray effectively, and what they can pray for.
Talk to your parents or your pastor about God. Ask them any questions you have about Him.
The more we learn about God’s will and pray for Him to help us abide by it, the more we grow spiritually.