Steering Wheel or Spare Tire?

Well I'm sure you all know of my respect for Corrie Ten Boom and it just so happens that a friend of mine recently gave me a greater incentive to dig into more Corrie Ten Boom quotes. He said that on facebook every time I post a Corrie quote he'll post a quote from a man that he looks up to. So, this morning as I was trying to decide what I wanted to post that Corrie has said I thought of this quote.

"Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?"

You see a steering wheel determines the course for the car. If the steering wheel turns right, the car will go right, if left, then left. The steering wheel causes the car to get to it's destination. The steering wheel is a necessity if the driver wants the car to follow a path.

A spare tire is placed in the trunk. What is interesting about the spare tire, is that it is never used until a dilemma presents itself. When a problem arises then we grab the spare tire. We can drive for miles and miles and miles before ever using the spare tire.

Which is your prayer life? Do you pray as if it is a necessity? Do you pray and allow the Holy Spirit to guide your life or is prayer something you turn to in desperation when things have gotten so bad that you see no other option?

I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This relationship REQUIRES communication. I have to fellowship and spend time with Him in prayer and in His word so that I can know which directions to take in my life.

The fun thing about this relationship is that prayer is not something I HAVE to do, it's something I GET to do. Jesus tore the veil. He paid with His blood so that I could have open access to the Father. Prayer is a gift. The ability to enter into the throne room of God and speak to the Creator of the Universe is a privilege that was paid for with blood. The blood of the Holy One, Jesus Christ.

Prayer is something that is all too much neglected by Christians. We have so many promises for our prayers. Ask and you will receive, you have not because you ask not, etc. I am promised an answer to my prayers. As I come before the Father, He will answer. I'm not saying you'll always love His answer, but you will be answered.

God waits for us to come in to His throne room and make our requests known to Him. To ask Him the direction we should take, to ask for things we desire, to intercede on behalf of others, to simply be with Him, to spend time with God learning who He is and asking of our Daddy God.

Prayer must be a priority, it is a necessity, it is a privilege. Jesus paid with His life for your ability to have open communication anytime anywhere with our Father God, and He deserves what He paid for.

Be Blessed,
J. Tate

An old blog I wrote from an excerpt of Corrie Ten Boom's book "The Hiding Place"