“Early African converts to Christianity were earnest and regular in private devotions. Each one reportedly had a separate spot in the thicket where he would pour out his heart to God. Over time the paths to these places became well worn. As a result, if one of these believers began to neglect prayer, it was soon apparent to the others. They would kindly remind the negligent one, “Brother, the grass grows on your path.”
Oh how easy it is to begin to think that we need not pray. We look at the ‘small things’ in life and tell ourselves that we can handle it on our own. No need to pray over such small things. We forget that the ‘big things’ in life are composed of the ‘smaller things’.
I saw an example of answered prayer yesterday. I have been concerned over finishing my project for my current D.Min class. I had to find a control group of representatives from a world religion such as Islam, Buddhism, or Hinduism. I was then to begin some form of apologetic or evangelistic discourse or conversation with them. I decided to go with Islam as my group. I looked up the Islamic Center online and got the address and I set off to find the center.
I had done this preparation without even really consulting God. I figured this was a small thing. What did it matter what group I went with? I searched the address and kept circling around the area where the GPS on my phone told me it should be, There was nothing there.
I pulled into a food court located near where I was searching and went inside. I walked up to the counter to order a little something before I asked for directions. The man who rang me up tried to convince me to try one of the apple fritters they had for sale. I told him thank you but I was going to stick with the eclair. He rang me up and then turned back to me. He reached over to the fritters and said to wait. He wanted to give me the fritter. As he was walking over to the microwave to warm it up for me, I felt this strong push to pray. The man ringing me up was from India.I prayed asking God what He wanted me to do. The reply was immediate. ASK him. When the man returned, I asked if he was Hindu and he said yes. I then told him what my assignment was and asked if he would sit down with me sometime to discuss his religion with me. At that moment, another Hindu man walked up overhearing the discussion. They both said yes. By the way, the man’s giving me the free gift makes for a great opening about God’s free gift to us. I had offered to pay but he said no that it was on him. That I am sure was a God thing too.
I meet with them tomorrow. I have to admit, I haven’t felt God’s presence like that in a while. It is probably because the grass has been growing on my path. Yes, I pray but not with the intensity that I should or with the faith that I should.I trust in myself too much. I am what you call a major control freak.
You see, God had a plan for who He wanted me to talk with. He made that powerfully clear. I thank Him for yesterday’s reminder. I also think that my meeting time of tomorrow gives me little time to prepare to my liking. That is probably God’s plan too. He wants me to rely on Him to give me the words tomorrow. He knows that if I had a week to plan, I would attempt to do this mostly on my own with my own intellect and preparation. I think God has a big lesson waiting for me with this assignment. I am excited to WAIT and see what it is. That is the adventure in the Christian’s life. We have to let God lead and trust Him. That means we have to pray more and trust more….