A Prayer to Keep from Stumbling
By: Victoria Riollano
For You have delivered my soul from death, Indeed my feet from stumbling, So that I may walk before God In the light of the living. Psalm 56:13
As a child, I was prone to falling. In fact, if there was an opportunity to stumble, you would find me flat-faced on the ground. I tripped over rocks, my own pant legs, up flights of stairs, and simply by stepping onto grass. Throughout my childhood, I would come home with torn muddy jeans. I wish I could say that my clumsy ways ended as a child.
But no, my most epic fall happened at church about ten years ago. After attending my second service at the church, I stumbled down a flight of stairs in front of the entire congregation. As everyone gathered around me and prayed for a miracle and that I would be able to walk out of the church unscathed, I laid there writhing in pain. Days later, I was informed that the fall was so severe I would need metal rods placed in my legs to walk in a stable matter. Needless to say, this fall was one that was going to cost me more than embarrassment. It was costing me my ability to function.
The truth is the accident with the stairs was preventable. In fact, I hadn’t even noticed the stairs. While I should have been focused on walking, my head was completely buried in my phone. Instead of being aware of the obstacles ahead, I was distracted.
I firmly believe that many believers find themselves in a similar predicament spiritually. When they least expect it, their choice to give into distraction becomes their biggest enemy. Our tendency to focus on the lives of others, be caught up in social media, overly worry about life’s issues, or even our choice to participate in sinful behavior, causes us to stumble. Instead of being focused on God’s Word and allowing Him to chart our path, we allow our poor choices to dictate the world around us.
I love the verse that says,
“Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105 NIV
This verse reminds us of the truth that we need the Lord to illuminate our steps. We need Him for every action, interaction, and reaction. Without Him, we are certain to make careless mistakes, and fleshly choices that will lead to our own destruction. As Christians, it should be our desire to not just be Christians by name but also through our lifestyle. We can do this by allowing Him to take the lead and show us how to live each day. When we fail to do so, we will find ourselves much like the childhood version of myself; when there is an opportunity to stumble, we will.
The Bible says it like this,
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 ESV
If we aren’t sure what to do or what decision to make, we can call on God, our very present help. He is the One who will keep our feet from stumbling. He is the One who knows all and is gracious to give us wisdom, if we only ask.
I thank you that you keep my feet from stumbling. You keep me safe and are a very present help. I’m never out of your reach and you guide me along straight paths. Lord, teach me how to walk in your word. Show me how to trust you in the small decisions and in the big ones. Father, if there are any actions or secret sins that are causing me to fall, will you highlight them for me? Lord, give me an open heart to receive your correction. Show me how to walk in the light of your love and be a shining example of what it means to live for you.
In Jesus' name, Amen.
Victoria Riollano is an author, blogger, and speaker. As a mother of six, military spouse, psychology professor and minister’s wife, Victoria has learned the art of balancing family and accomplishing God’s ultimate purpose for her life. Recently, Victoria released her book, The Victory Walk: A 21-Day Devotional on Living A Victorious Life. Her ultimate desire is to empower women to live a life of victory, hope, and love. She believes that with Christ we can live a life that is ALWAYS winning. You can learn more about her ministry at victoryspeaks.org.
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Originally published Thursday, 21 April 2022.