Prayer When Facing Uncertainty


We all face and live with uncertainty. In fact, the reality is that our future is always uncertain and we only have today or the present. Yet, there are those times when the reality of this uncertainty becomes acutely palpable. It’s at times like these that I am thankful for the gift of the prayer which Thomas Merton shared in Thoughts in Solitude and is commonly known as The Merton PrayerI share it with you here (I also shared it in an earlier posting in December) with the hope and prayer that it might help you or someone you know like it helps me:

My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
And the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road
Though I may not know anything about it.
Therefore, I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
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One Response to Prayer When Facing Uncertainty

  1. Jack says:

    Reblogged this on Journey Toward Shalom and commented:

    Since I am in a transition period between jobs and I know I am not alone in this experience, I decided to re-visit and share my post on prayer during uncertainty.


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