According to a 2014 Pew Research Center survey, over half of Americans (55%) say they pray daily. Women respond as more likely to pray daily than men do (64% versus 46%). With the majority of us women praying, we can logically conclude that there are many different types of answers we receive to our prayers. A Pearl of Great Value will be exploring a few of these in a seven-part series on prayer entitled, “When God Says ….”
Part 2 of 7
Through the marsh in our neighborhood, there’s a bridge under repair, and we’ve had to drive a long distance out of our way to get into town. Certainly not the most direct route, and in my mind, not the most efficient, but it is the only way we can travel. Just as we take the detour to get to where we need to go, we often find detours in life. Have you been praying for direction and you feel there are roadblocks or obstacles always presenting themselves? Perhaps God wants you to follow the detour sign in order to do it His way.
Why does God often put detours into our lives in order to get us to do it His way, and not the way we desire to do things?
Protection, new perspective, and for prospering in His blessing are reasons God will steer us to do it His way.
- For protection. If you’ve ever followed Google Maps, you may sometimes find it routes you in a strange or alternative way to get to your destination. However, it’s often for our safety as there may be an accident ahead or a road closure. Just as Google Maps relies on Real Time Traffic Information to ascertain the advancing road conditions, God sees the big picture. He may require us to do it His way in order to offer His protection. The Apostle Paul wrote, “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one” (2Thessalonians 3:3, NIV) as he exhorted the believers in Thessalonica. We can trust God’s character and his assurance of safeguarding.
- For a new perspective. We condition ourselves to do the routine, familiar thing. We’re creatures of habit and don’t like change; we savor comfort. Often God wants us to approach a situation differently. Perhaps it’s a different approach to disciplining a child you never would have considered, or a way to deal with a delicate family issue. God desires to show you His perspective by steering you differently as you pray about a situation. Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV) states, “ˋFor my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,ˊ declares the Lord. ˋAs the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.ˊ” God may offer us a different viewpoint, as we seek His will.
- For prospering in His blessing. God positions you for His blessing when we obey Him, because “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28, NIV). The calm, peaceful inner confidence He provides when you’re obedient to His way is a blessing beyond measure.
When we confront various roadblocks and obstacles in our life, perhaps our Lord is urging us to consider a different direction—His approach and His way.
Father God, I’m at a crossroads and sense you compelling me to do it your way. I desire your protection, your perspective, and the prosperity of your blessing in this situation as I yield to you. It’s all for your praise and glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Psalm 5:11 (NIV): “But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.”
Psalm 128:1 (NIV): “Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways.”
Proverbs 14:12 (NIV): “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”
Romans 11:33 (NIV): “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!”
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