Why I Stopped Praying for Clarity

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When we pray, “Give me clarity, Lord,” we are actually saying, “Let me see clearly where I’m going before I get there.” If God answered that prayer, simple faith would become unnecessary.

Last year, I read a true story about a young man who asked Mother Teresa to pray that he would have clarity—but she refused. “Clarity is the last thing you are clinging to and must let go of,” she said. “I have never had clarity. . . . What I have always had is trust. So I will pray that you trust God.”

Since reading this anecdote, I’ve never again prayed for clarity. I am desperate to trust Jesus more, which means I must resist the temptation to mentally jump into the future and figure out every detail of life. Now, my prayer is that the Lord would teach me to simply follow. Jesus said, “Follow Me,” which means that He leads, while we go after. It means we walk in the assurance and confidence that He knows where we’re going, and that’s all that matters.

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6 thoughts on “Why I Stopped Praying for Clarity

  1. I am going through this process of trust right now. I would not have called what I am looking for “clarity,” but I think that’s what it is. And I am finding that there is no answer to my question (why did my loved one die?), so I am going to have to let it go. I have been demanding to know how it fits into the puzzle of life, and I am learning that there really isn’t a puzzle with all the parts of life that fit neatly into it. I’ve never prayed for clarity, but I’ve asked why, why, why. And it’s similar, so I’m with you on this one. I’m gonna have to start trusting instead.

  2. From your lips to Gods ears. YES! Why of Why have I prayed for clarity? You are so spot on in this blog post. I will just be present and Let Go and Let God. What a blessing to have read this beauty this morning.

    • Thank you Lisa! I actually first read Mother Teresa’s comment in a book by Brennan Manning called Ruthless Trust. The title says it all doesn’t it…

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