DEVOTIONAL: Prayer & Tendency To Take The Long Road Down A Short Path

Matthew 7:7-8
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Last week I took my mp3 player to the dentist, per their suggestion, so the sounds of filing and drilling would not bother me so much. As it turned out, the sedation took care of that, but I had the little device with me anyway.

When I got home, still “loopy”(okay, loopier than usual) (yes, those sedatives caused a multitude of issues apparently), I tucked the player where I don’t usually put it. I am pretty sure I recalling saying to myself that it was a bad idea, but did it anyway. I ignored my own advice (normally not such a bad thing, but this time it was).

Last night I was looking for the mp3 so I could have it at the gym. I vaguely remembered putting it away after my procedure and was bemoaning the fact that I knew better and did it anyway.

I searched for a while and finally gave up because my husband was waiting for me out in the car and that is not a good time to doddle. Even when he says “take your time”, our translation of the term is often very different.

To me, a workout is easier with music, so I quickly went through my routine, listening to the gym’s nightclub, so called “music”. I cut everything a little short because it was just not the same exercising without the songs I enjoy.

All the way to the gym and while I was there, I was trying to figure out what in the world I had done with my device. When my husband went to bed, I resumed my search. After a little while, I stopped what I was doing and prayed. I told the Lord I knew He was aware of where it was and asked if He would please show me.

Starting my 100th round of the same areas, I dumped out the contents of first drawer onto the bed, one I had looked through many times already, there it was!

How AMAZING is the power of our God? Why, I asked myself, was praying not my initial course of action? I thanked the Father and confessed neglecting to turn to Him first.

Today I spoke with a friend whose husband had a health issue for a good while and finally went to the doctor who treated him with something simple . Why is it that we sometimes tend to take the long road to go a short distance? How much time and effort have we wasted in our lives by over-thinking or complicating matters that could actually be simple? Do you think the Lord looks at us like we do at our children or anyone who chooses the most complex and least logical solution? Let’s commit to pray first and engage reasoning the Lord has given us.

Almighty Father and Merciful Savior
Thank You for the ability to think and reason
Please let us use these skills wisely

Lord, when we forget to turn to You first
Rather than wasting time, effort and energy unnecessarily
We ask that You will speak to our heart and remind us that You are with us
That we should turn to You
O God, You prove Yourself over and over
Let us always be amazed and thankful each time

Your Word tells us to ask, Father
It tells us to seek and we will find
We love You
We are in awe of our Powerful and Gracious God

In the Name of the Lamb Who was slain for our salvation
Jesus Christ, we pray


“‘Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus”

“Mercy Seat” (I LOVE this version! The Spirit of The Living God is certainly in that place!)

“I Stand Amazed”

About voicevessel bwc

First, and most importantly, I love Jesus Christ and I trust in Him as my Lord and Savior. I was raised in a Christian home by a godly dad and mom (who planned and had me in July before turning 42 in August), and 5 older siblings. My father passed away when I was 7 and my mother (who went to be with the Lord in 2005 at 81) never remarried. As a child, I was bullied at school, so I did not have many friends. I didn't want to tell my mom this because I knew she had enough worry being a widow at 50. I know what it is like to be lonely. As an adult, God showed me the value of His Friendship and has blessed me, too, with rich relationships with dear friends who also love the Lord. My husband and I (married 31 years as of 2020), have three wonderful, adult children and son-in-law as well as three darling grandchildren. Along with many others, my husband lost his job, but we refuse to be fearful or angry. The Lord has provided for us and we are so thankful for the opportunity to express gratitude through personal contact and occasional memories I share through writing. I believe the Lord has given me a venue to engage with others and a means to share His Word. Thank you for checking out my page. I hope you enjoy what you read. If there is anything positive or insightful in the devotionals (NOT CALLING MY WRITING "INSPIRED" by any means!), I give all credit and glory to Jesus Christ! On the other side of that, when something makes no sense, that's all me
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