Steering Clear of the Compromise – Part 2

Posted by on Mar 13, 2020 in Everything In Between | 2 Comments
Steering Clear of the Compromise – Part 2

No matter what season of life you find yourself in, there are huge longings. We want something to be different. We want someone to be better. We want those we love to be thriving. Last week, I raised the issue of how often we try to “help God out” in fulfilling our longings. However, we learn from the pages of Scripture that people’s plan B hardly ever brought blessing and almost always brought pain. Jacob and Esau or Rachel and Leah alone give examples of families torn apart by plan B decisions.

So, how do we avoid the same trap?

Back in Genesis 24, after Abraham’s servant asked him about a plan B for finding Isaac a wife, the story turns. The servant headed back to Abraham’s hometown to fulfill his master’s request. What he does next serves as a great lesson for me. Read for yourself…

And he said, “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham. Behold, I am standing by the spring of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. Let the young woman to whom I shall say, ‘Please let down your jar that I may drink,’ and who shall say, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels’—let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master.” (Genesis 24:12-14)

Now, to say that we should pray to avoid making compromises seems a little underwhelming! I already pray and you probably do, too. But what I noticed was how both proactive and specific the servant’s prayer was. Now, please hear me: God is not a genie in a bottle. But… a) we often only pray when something doesn’t work… and b) we frequently pray generically. Here, the servant is asking in advance and he’s asking for undeniable clarity.

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It’s hard to know when God answers a generic prayer, but it’s very easy to know when He answers a specific prayer.

    • Where do you need to look ahead and begin to pray in advance?
    • What’s on your calendar that you usually just show up at without having really asked God to show up?
    • What conversations do you enter into without first going before the Lord and asking Him to lead?

If we really believe that God hears and answers our prayers, then we need to take advantage of the opportunity that we have to ask the God of the universe to make our path straight and to show us clearly.

Let’s get praying.


2 Comments

  1. Janice Conlee
    March 13, 2020

    Last year as I study Oswald Chambers, He talks about praying for specifics , so that you would recognize where God is leading. One of the best books , also praying for the soul
    of others a lot on how to look for ..where God is working. I truly loved this book I keep it with me all the time. He helps you as you go deep into how God teaches .

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  2. Gayle Scott
    March 14, 2020

    Trying to find the answer to general prayers is like trying to find a needle in a haystack…I love the details in the servant’s prayer…the Nation Of Israel needed this servant’s prayer and God answered! Lord keep me from flying by the seat of my pants with general prayers!♥️

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