Forty days of Prayer March 21

Prayer is speaking in faith to God.  One of the struggles we always have is how much of our lives, do we keep in our control and how much do we trust in God.  This proverb reminds us to put all of our lives in God’s gracious hands.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-7)

There’s a story about a proud young man who came to Socrates, the famous Greek philosopher,  asking for wisdom. He walked up to the muscular philosopher and said, “O great Socrates, I come to you for wisdom.”  Socrates recognized a pompous numbskull when he saw one. He led the young man through the streets, to the sea, and chest deep into water. Then he asked, “What do you want?”  “Wisdom, O wise Socrates,” said the young man with a smile. Socrates put his strong hands on the man’s shoulders and pushed him under. Thirty seconds later Socrates let him up. “What do you want?” he asked again.  “Wisdom,” the young man sputtered, “O great and wise Socrates.”   Socrates crunched him under again. Thirty seconds passed, thirty-five. Forty. Socrates let him up. The man was gasping. “What do you want, young man?”   Between heavy, heaving breaths the fellow wheezed, “Wisdom, O wise and wonderful…”   Socrates jammed him under again Forty seconds passed. Fifty. “What do you want?”  “Air!” the young man screeched. “I need air!”  “When you want wisdom as you have just wanted air, then you will have wisdom.”

What I like about this story is that it reminds us of how we seek God, but not with everything we are.  We are afraid of giving too much of ourselves because we are afraid of losing control.  Powerful prayer is looking to God and being reminded that he has all of the answers and to look to Him for direction.  The ultimate promise of this verse is that he makes things better for us and promises to always be by our side.

In Christ’s Service,  Pastor Dave

Dear Lord, teach me new things today.  Give me wisdom and help me to understand myself and to know You.  Make my paths straight so that I may see You in faith and know my path laid out before me. Amen.

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