IS PRAYER YOUR STEERING WHEEL OR YOUR SPARE TIRE?
When driving a car, the steering wheel and the tires are all important. Whether someone has a sudden blow out or if he let’s go of the steering wheel, he can end up in the ditch either way!
But many people treat prayers more like a spare tire than a steering wheel. Looking at prayer as the way to fix their problems after they’ve happened rather than as a way to steer themselves away from trouble in the first place!
In Psalm 23, David is grateful for God leading him to lay down in the tall grass and to lead him, like a shepherd along the still waters. Not only does God restore his soul, but David acknowledges that it is God who leads him down the path of righteousness.
David isn’t even afraid in the valley of the shadow of death because of God’s protecting guidance with his rod and staff that not only guide him but comfort him by correcting his course. It’s like he could see God’s hand on the wheel!
David is just one biblical example of someone who relies on his prayers more as a steering wheel to keep him out of trouble, than as a flat tire to repair the damage of having made bad decisions after the fact.
I remember a preacher saying “a Christian is like a tire with a slow leak. He needs to come to church at least once a week to get pumped back up!” What he is saying in a humorous way is true! If we don’t get pumped up on a regular basis we run the chance of a blow out, ending up in the ditch! I’m sure you’ll agree that life can have some deep ditches on either side of the road!
So why not stop in and let us show you how prayer can help you to “keep ‘er between the ditches?”
Flanders Rd Church of Christ
5130 Flanders Rd
Toledo, Ohio 43623