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In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.


Prayer Is This Simple

My father let me climb onto his lap . . . when he drove! He’d be arrested for doing so today. But half a century ago, no one cared. Especially on a flat-as-a-skillet West Texas oil field, where rabbits outnumber people. . . .

I loved it. Did it matter that I couldn’t see over the dash? That my feet stopped two feet shy of the brake and accelerator? That I didn’t know a radio from a carburetor? By no means. I helped my dad drive his truck.

Did I fear driving into the ditch? Overturning the curve? Running the tire into a rut? By no means. Dad’s hands were next to mine, his eyes keener than mine. Consequently, I was fearless! Anyone can drive a car from the lap of a father.

And anyone can pray from the same perspective.

Prayer is the practice of sitting calmly in God’s lap and placing our hands on his steering wheel. He handles the speed and hard curves and ensures safe arrival. And we offer our requests; we ask God to “take this cup away.” (Mark 14:36) This cup of disease, betrayal, financial collapse, joblessness, conflict, or senility. Prayer is this simple.

Be specific about your fears. . . . Putting your worries into words disrobes them. They look silly standing there naked.

Thank you, gracious God, for the privilege of prayer. How amazing that we can talk to you anywhere, anytime. What a relief to share our burdens and blessings with you, dear Father. What a delight to know that you hear and answer every prayer, amen.

“Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

[JOHN 14:13]

I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition which I asked of Him.

[1 SAMUEL 1:27]

I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

[PSALM 34:4]

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