How To Let God’s Peace Be Your Umpire

Daily Effective Prayer Newsletter Issue 154


Let the peace of Christ [the inner calm of one who walks daily with Him] be the controlling factor in your hearts [deciding and settling questions that arise]. To this peace indeed you were called as members in one body [of believers]. And be thankful [to God always]. - Colossians 3:15

When I first read today's verse, I was touched by it.

What a blessing that we are able to let God's peace in our hearts run our lives.

I aim to let peace show me what to do and not do every day and in every way.

If I don't have the peace to speak something from my heart in a conversation, I hold my tongue.

If I want to buy something and God's peace is missing, then I don't buy it.

If I am at a crossroads in my life and have to decide between two directions, I make every effort to locate God's peace so I know which road to take.

The Bible says that there are many voices in the world.

I've even heard some statistics say that every day we are hit with thousands of marketing messages from the moment we wake up till the time we go to bed.

This can all make it challenging to recognize God leading us.

So, when I'm trying to discern between God's voice and the other competing voices, I listen carefully to see which voice or message is wrapped in the peace of God. 

I have discovered that diligently seeking peace whenever possible is of utmost importance.

When I didn't have peace and moved ahead anyway, I made some serious mistakes in my life.

So much so, that I never want to act without God's peace in my heart, ever.

Another translation of Colossians 3:15 says that the peace of God is like an umpire.

If there is no peace, then it's as if an umpire is saying "out" to that decision.

If there is peace, then he is saying "safe" to going in that direction.

We must seek to maintain a peaceful harmony in our minds and souls.

As we do, the peace of God, or lack thereof, will decide with finality all our questions.

We'll gain much more clarity about the decisions we must make in our lives. 

We must learn to stop in our tracks when we feel a "check" in our hearts.

We should pause and pray when we sense an uncomfortable feeling rising from the inside.

On the other hand, when peace is present, we need to trust and obey.

God's peace lets us know whether or not we are on track

Let peace have the final word in the decisions you make.

Decide today that God's peace is the umpire in your heart.

This takes practice, but slowly but surely, one day at a time, you'll get better and better at recognizing God's peace.

And you can trust that He will never lead you astray.

If this resonates with you, here's a short prayer you can say today:

"Heavenly Father, I humbly ask that You please help me to allow Your peace to act as the umpire in my heart when I am faced with decisions. May Your calming presence guide me and help me discern Your will in all that I do. Thank You for being my Source of peace and wisdom. Amen."

God bless you! 

Your brother in Christ,


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Prayer To Let God Be In The Driver's Seat Of Your Life

Almighty God, 

I humbly seek after Your perfect plan.

It is my earnest request that You take charge of my life and lead me in the path of righteousness.

I acknowledge my limited understanding, and I wholeheartedly submit to Your divine wisdom and direction.

Today, I come before You with a contrite heart, acknowledging that my ways are not superior to Yours.

Help me to release my grip on the steering wheel of my life and allow You, the Master Navigator, to chart the course.

I understand that when I try to lead, I stumble and falter.

It is only when You are in the driver's seat that the road becomes clear and obstacles are removed.

I no longer desire to rely on my own strength and understanding but instead, lean on Your infinite power and wisdom.

Father, I surrender my ambitions, fears, and dreams to You.

Mold me according to Your divine purposes, and let every decision and action be aligned with Your will.

Fill me with Your Holy Spirit so that I may have the discernment to recognize Your promptings and the courage to follow Your peace.

In this journey of life, I long to be a vessel for Your glory.

Let every step I take be guided by Your loving peace within my heart.

May my life be a reflection of Your grace and mercy so that others may see Your light shining through me.

I offer this prayer, trusting that You will hear and answer according to Your perfect timing and purposes.

Thank You for the privilege of allowing You to lead in my life.

Help me to continually surrender and seek Your will above all else.

In Jesus Name I pray, amen.

Prayer To Discern God's Peace and Will For You

Dear Father,

I come humbly before Your throne, seeking to better discern Your peace in my heart, to have a deep understanding of Your will for my life.

I surrender my desires and my own understanding, and I ask that You fill me with Your Holy Spirit.

I confess that, at times, I may have been led astray by my own emotions and the chaos of this world.

I may have allowed fear and doubt to cloud my judgment and obstruct Your peace.

Yet, I know that Your Word promises peace that surpasses all understanding, and I yearn to experience the fullness of that peace.

Holy Spirit, I invite You to dwell within me, to guide my thoughts and emotions.

Lord, illuminate the paths I should take and bring clarity to my discernment.

Open my eyes to recognize the still, small voice of Your peace amidst the noise of this world.

Help me to discern Your peace, which is different from the deceptive peace the world offers.

I surrender my plans, my desires, and my fears unto You.

I surrender my will to Yours, knowing that Your plans are perfect and Your ways are higher.

Strengthen my faith, Father, and help me to trust in Your divine timing.

Teach me to rely on Your peace as an anchor in the midst of life's storms.

I acknowledge my total dependence on You.

I cannot discern Your peace on my own, but I believe that through the power of Your Holy Spirit, I can experience true peace in my heart.

Grant me the patience to wait on You, to seek Your face diligently, and to trust fully in Your leading.

In the precious Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

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