By Patrick Hawthorne
Today is a good day. Heading to work, I turned off the radio and began to pray. Initially, my prayer was stale and stagnant – rehearsed. My flesh was fighting to gain control of the radio so that I could listen to my favorite morning news show on Sirius, but I had promised my Lord that I would give Him the morning commute; the entire week of morning commutes for that matter. Fortunately my spirit man won out and I began to pray in the Spirit.
For those of you who do not believe or agree that praying in the Spirit – praying in tongues- is for today, I will not argue with you. Let’s face it; if I had never experienced this gift, I would probably be right alongside of you in voicing my doubts. Anyhow, back to the story…
Headed down the road, praying, I came to a sharp bend in the road. Still praying, I heard within my spirit the Lord ask me a question. “Do you know why it important for you to pray?” Before I had a chance to ponder the strange question, I heard the answer. “Although you don’t know what awaits you on the other side of this curve, I do. When you pray, your spirit aligns with My Spirit to direct you through those blind curves.”
As I continued to drive, I gave serious thought to the simple yet profound revelation that I had just received. Not one person reading this post knows what the future holds; but God does. By opening our hearts to Him through prayer, we allow Him to guide us through those unforeseen obstacles that can trip us up.
Yes, sometimes it may appear that God leads us down dead end paths or into a road block, but be assured that He did it for a reason. If you don’t believe me, just go ask ole’ Moses about the Red Sea. Could there be any greater roadblock than an impassable sea? Impassable, according to Mr. Webster, means incapable of being passed, traveled, crossed, or surmounted. It’s a good thing God is not held back by man’s definitions.
So, the next time you come to a blind curve, a fork in the road, or some other obstacle where you don’t know what awaits you on the other side, be assured that God knows. Trust Him to lead you through those nuisance valleys to the fertile pastures. Be blessed.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
(23rd Psalm NKJV)