Keep the Captain in Command


“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – I John 1:8-9

We all sin.  We all need His forgiveness to be found upright before Him.  If we think that we are without sin, we are lying to ourselves, and will become blind to the blessings that God has for us.  We must admit our erroneous ways and ask again to be made clean by the covering of Christ.  When we ask, He answers.  He is faithful and forgives – undoing our unrighteousness before the Father.

It is easy to get so caught up in the chaos of life, that we become callous and a bit deaf to the prompting of our ever-present Counselor.  If we don’t slow down and take time to listen, how can we hope to hear Him?

I have found that each day I begin in His word and practice being present before Him, the more easily and quickly I hear His correction, direction, and admonition.  It is much easier to “stay the course”, when I allow the Captain to keep command.  When I take the wheel, I begin to be blown off course, until I again slow down, step aside, and allow Daddy God to drive.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are faithful to forgive us as we ask, and are quick to call us clean by the covering of the blood of Your Son.  Help us to hear Your counsel as You lead us and guide us in the way we are meant to go, and to not take lightly the cost for our covering.  Teach us to be truthful before You, that we might be quick to confess all that muddies our cleanliness.  May we keep close account before You, and be sensitive to Your Spirit as You speak to us about our spaces of sin.  In You, may our love for You and from You be extended to everyone we encounter.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present


  1. What a wonderful and lovely prayer, Shannon–I make it mine today. I especially like “keep close account before You”, and to “not take lightly the cost for our covering”. God bless you abundantly today–love, sis Caddo

  2. “Allow the captain to keep command” – Amen. Thank you for this inspiring and so meaningful post. And I just loved the illustration, too 🙂 God bless you.

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