He Shall Direct Your Paths

         Luke 11:1 “Lord, teach us to pray”

Are you praying for direction in an area of your life right now? There are many times in our lives when we don’t see a way to victory. We cannot rely on our own insight or understanding. Neither can we count on our own strength or resources. What we need is beyond our own reach. In times like these, the word of God instructs us to trust the Lord, rather than our own abilities, and acknowledge Him.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he shall direct your paths.”

To trust God is to rely on Him. Webster’s definition of trust is a resting of the mind on the integrity, veracity, justice, friendship, and sound principles of another person.” Surely, we can put our confidence in the person of Jesus Christ. Most certainly, He is worthy of our trust.

Trusting is also defined as “committing something to a person’s care, use or management.” Isn’t that what we are really doing when we pray? The word trust in this scripture is the Hebrew word “batach” and while it simply means to rely upon and have confidence in the Lord, it also translates; to feel safe. Dear sister in Christ, does your heart feel safe today? If not, the answer is found in “acknowledging” Him in all your ways.

The word acknowledge is the Hebrew word “yada” and it is important to note because it literally translates; to discover and know personally. It refers to life-giving intimacy. It suggests direct intimate contact with God along with prayer that conceives and births blessings and victories!

Ladies, it is all about your relationship with God. We must learn to acknowledge (yada) Him in all our ways, on every road and every course we are traveling and with every mode of action. If we will maintain yada, that intimate relationship with God, He will direct, make straight and prosper our paths. He will make the way plain. He will even cut a path for us where there seems to be no way.

The Message reads like this: “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over.” (Prov. 3:5-10)

My prayer for you is that you would truly experience a resting of your mind as you commit that situation to the Lord. There is no safer place than in His care. Submit to His Lordship. Make Him Master and manager of your life today and every day. Maintain your personal and intimate relationship with Him. Lord, direct, make straight and prosper our paths!

Jennifer Rash, Intercessory Prayer Director, Women Praying for Women

When You Don’t Know What to Do

Luke 11:1 “Lord, teach us to pray”

Recently, I was wrestling with a decision that I needed to make concerning one of my children. It was so important that I make the right decision. Honestly, I only saw three options before me and I didn’t feel good about any of those options. I was desperately trying to figure it all out and I kept coming to the same conclusion; I didn’t have a clue what to do! I did, however, continue to seek the Lord. I prayed throughout each day admitting, “Lord, I don’t have the answer.” I fell asleep at night whispering, “Lord, I don’t know what to do.” I woke up in the morning asking, “Lord, show me.” Interestingly enough, after two months of continually seeking God, the answer came literally overnight! Another door opened up that was not in my previous thoughts or view. It was unmistakably the right path.

Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”

Prayer, many times is a calling out; a cry for help. It is to summons and even invite an All Knowing, All Powerful God into our hearts, lives and situations. When we call to Him, He hears us and He answers. In the original Hebrew, the word for answer translates; to respond, to begin to speak to and it also means to dwell. Amazing! Not only will God hear us and answer, not only will He begin to speak to us concerning that which we are calling to Him about, but He dwells with us. Right there in the midst of our circumstances, situations and uncertainty, He comes, sits down, abides and remains with us.

God promised Jeremiah that if he would call to Him, not only would He answer, but He would reveal to him great and mighty things that could not otherwise be known. When you call out to the Lord, He absolutely responds. He answers. He begins speaking to you. He is right there with you and He makes known to you great and “mighty” things. What are these mighty things? These mighty things are things that have been inaccessible to you before you prayed and invited Him into your situation! The word mighty is the Hebrew word batsar. These mighty things that Jeremiah 33 is referring to are the things that have been isolated and inaccessible to you, until now. These mighty things have seemed to be withheld or restrained before now. They were fenced in until you prayed. They were secrets and mysteries until you called out to Him. But when you prayed, God made these things known to you. The way was plainly exposed. The answer you were seeking was made manifest!

This is what I experienced as I stopped leaning on my own understanding, trusted the Lord and continued to call to Him in prayer. He answered me by showing me the great and mighty things that could not otherwise be known. He showed me what I had not been able to see. Today, I encourage you to continue steadfast in prayer. Rest in the place of knowing He dwells with you. May His presence bring you overwhelming peace and assurance. May the Lord show you and open up to you great and mighty things.

Jennifer Rash, Intercessory Prayer Director, Women Praying for Women