183. Follow the Leader

“In reading through the Book of Psalms,” Stan began, “it is not unusual to read a prayer that asks the Lord to lead.”

“You’re right,” I replied, “I have seen that many times myself.”

“In fact,” Stan continued, “I asked that same thing often in my prayers to God.”

“However,” Stan then said, “at one point in such prayers there was to me a clear response from God that surprised me.”

“What was that?” I asked.

“God said ‘Follow,’” Stan responded.

“What did you take that to mean?” I asked.

“What became very clear to me,” Stan replied, “is that God was saying that He was more than happy to lead, but that He saw me too often as unwilling to follow.”

“It was like God was saying for me to quit asking Him to lead.  It was already settled that He wanted to and would lead where He wanted me to be.”

“The question was not whether He would lead; the question was whether I would follow.”

“That’s the same thing Jesus said about being His disciple,” I responded.

“You’re right, my friend,” Stan replied.  “He said to deny self, take up my cross, and follow Him.”

“He will lead.  Will I follow?”

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Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; let your good Spirit lead me on level ground.  Psalms 143:10.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, that you want to lead me to where you want me to be.  You know and I know how often I fail to follow.  Please forgive me for all of those times.  And please, Lord, open me to want to follow your lead.  And help me to want to keep from following my own lead to where I want to be apart from you.  I give you all of that and ask for your transformational movement in me so I truly want to and do follow you wherever you lead.  Thank you that I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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