I think its common among us Christians to make living the Christian life harder than it needs to be. We think about, plan for, and worry about the long term, when our focus should be on the now, the today. We are called to be faithful, obedient today, and to entrust tomorrow to our God. We’ve all heard the expression, “one day at a time.” That expression definitely applies to our Christian journey. Only today is ours, we are responsible for today: tomorrow belongs to the Father. We really don’t know what tomorrow will bring anyway: why spend so much of our energy on what we don’t know? We need to accept, enjoy, and fulfill what our God has placed before us today. If we are faithful in all our “today’s”, “tomorrow” will be fine. Our Father is asking us, “Can you trust Me just for this day?” “Will you stay close to me today?” That’s it: today, not tomorrow, next week, month, year… today.
It seems to me one of the areas this overreaching and over-concern for the future shows up is in our prayers: how much of your focus deals with eventualities, possibilities, fears, worries about what might come tomorrow, later? Our prayers for ourselves, and for others, should focus on today: having the wisdom, obedience, patience, perseverance, peace, healing…. That is needed today. One day at a time in our prayers as well. As Jesus taught us, pray for what we need “today.” Yes, there is a place for planning, anticipating, but in general, our prayers about tomorrow need to focus on trusting God, while our prayers for today focus on abiding in Him, letting Him lead, obeying and following His lead. The writer of Hebrews puts it this way: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts (3:7).”
One additional benefit of focusing on “today”: it requires us to pray daily. Our relationship with the Father is more consistent, regular. Which ain’t a bad thing, is it? bob