It’s been quite awhile since I’ve shared one of my devotionals that was published in Anytime Prayers for Everyday People. This particular devotional is included in the section titled “Prayers of Supplication.”
When I’m dealing with disappointment . . .
Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick,
but a sudden good break can turn life around.
—Proverbs 13:12 MSG
Without counsel purposes are disappointed:
but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
—Proverbs 15:22 KJV
You heard their cries for help and saved them;
they were never disappointed when they sought your aid.
—Psalm 22:5 TLB
We know that all things work together for good for those who
love God, who are called according to his purpose.
—Romans 8:28 NRSV
Why then be downcast? Why be discouraged and sad?
Hope in God! I shall yet praise him again. Yes, I shall again
praise him for his help.
—Psalm 42:5 TLB
. . . I will pray.
My Loving Father,
If only I hadn’t gotten my hopes up, but I did—and now I feel so disappointed and discouraged. Sometimes I wonder if anything will ever work out for me. Everybody keeps telling me it’s just a little bump in the road, but it doesn’t feel like a bump to me. It feels as I’ve gone off the road completely.
I know I’m probably overreacting, and I also know that I probably wouldn’t be feeling this way right now if I had taken time to talk to You about this situation in the beginning. Would You have steered me in another direction? Or allowed me to move ahead for some higher purpose in my life? I’ll probably never have an answer to that. The point is that I didn’t give You a chance to help me see things from Your perspective.
Lord, take this disappointment I’m feeling and transform it into something positive—a reminder to seek Your guidance; a renewed sense of Your presence with me when things work out and when they don’t; and compassion for others when they feel hopeless and disappointed.
Thank You for being the God of second chances.
There is no disappointment to those whose wills are
buried in the will of God.