The direction to take

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Jesus came near and spoke to them, “I’ve received all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age. ” ~Matthew 28:18-21 (CEB)

“According to the final verses of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus met the disciples to give them direction and the promise of his presence. The Bible is filled with stories of people who received direction from God. Through the centuries, faithful disciples have discovered some essential qualities for the life and stance that permits us to receive God’s direction.

Practicing a preference for God and God’s will is the place to begin. That means putting God ahead of all else in our list of priorities. This is not only the way to receive direction but also the way to a joyful and faithful walk with God every day. Preference for God profoundly affects our lives. We not only receive direction but find our lives transformed as we learn to turn to God and seek to walk with God.

This kind of companionship with God leads to a life of trust and confidence in God that permits us to receive and respond to God’s whisper of direction. Do you want to live increasingly in God’s presence, receive God’s direction, and walk in God’s presence? Begin practicing a preference for God and you will discover a growing capacity to receive and respond to God’s direction of your life.” ~From A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God, Rueben P. Job

Almighty God, You have created me, called me, chosen me to be Your child. I wait now to receive Your word of guidance and blessing. Grant me the ears to hear, eyes to see, and faith to respond to Your love and leadership. In the name of Christ. Amen

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