Daily Devotional for Monday November 26, 2018
Most people put more faith in strangers who are driving a 2-ton vehicle traveling feet from them at 60, 70, 80 MPH than they do in God!!!
(Psalms 68:19, 31:19; Genesis 28:15)
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***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, I know that it is your desire that ALL come to repentance, that none be lost. Please give me a passion for souls. Help me to look at each person and never forget that they are created in your image, that one day they will die, and they have an eternal soul. Take away any fear, any hesitancy, to share the hope we have in Jesus with those people you bring into my life. Let me never forget that without Jesus, their soul will be lost for all eternity and do my part to share with them how they can have everlasting life through faith in Jesus who died for their sins. It is in the name of Jesus I pray...AMEN!
I have found over the years, some of the Devotionals I write that have the most impact, are the simple ones that deal with an aspect of real life. Transportation is one of those very real aspects of life. Please open your heart and receive this prayer and blessing on your transportation!
As we are quickly moving into the world of driverless cars, I ponder how amazed/frightened/curious/unsure people must have been when they were faced with turning their horse and buggy in for a new modern invention...the car!!! At dinner the other evening with a man who owns a major car dealership in the Midwest, I quizzed him on how soon driverless cars would become the norm. As I spoke of the crashes, the few deaths that have occurred in testing, as we are in the infancy of the driverless car, he was chuckling and reminded me that many years ago people were probably asking the same questions when faced with the prospect of everyone eventually owning a motorized vehicle.
Over the years, I have prayed often for people's transportation needs, but the Holy Spirit quickened me the other day to the fact that I had never once done a specific Daily Devotional just focused on transportation. Transportation is one of those critical and important parts of our life that we often take for granted. However, because it is so vital to most everyone's life, I want to take the opportunity today to not only talk about transportation, the potential dangers, but pray for and bless YOUR transportation.
It is interesting the things we remember from our childhood. Three distinct memories from my childhood involve transportation. The first was when I was 5-years old and riding my tricycle in front of my house and got the brilliant idea to see how fast I could go. I remember pumping my little legs as fast as I could, flying down the sidewalk, that exhilarating feeling of speed. All of a sudden I hit a broken part of the sidewalk and flew over the handle bars of my tricycle, hitting the pavement with my forehead. I can still to this day, some 55 years later, remember smacking my forehead into the concrete and putting my hand on my forehead and seeing the blood on it. It took my mother and several nurses to hold me down as the doctor stitched up my wound, a scar I still have to this day.
The second childhood memory that involved transportation was just a few years later when my father taught me how to ride a bike. Slowly up and down the street in front of my house with my dad holding me up, letting me go on my own for a few feet before I started to wobble, until after a few hours I was actually riding on my own. I remember to this day the feeling of "freedom" as I traveled all over the neighborhood on my bike. I loved my bike and loved to be able to get on it and ride all over the place.
The third memory is probably similar to most people who are reading this today, learning how to drive and getting my first car. I got my learner's permit at 15, practicing with my mom and dad in our 1970 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser. Let me tell you, if you can learn to parallel park in a 1970 Vista Cruiser, you can parallel park ANYTHING. I fondly remember going through driver's education in school and finally the big day on my 16th birthday of taking my driving test and getting my license. Soon after that, I bought my first car, a green 1965 Ford Mustang that had an 8-track in it. I guess the memory of learning to drive and getting my first car centered around freedom again, but also being in control of something as powerful as a car is.
Of course, as I got older I began to see a car for what it really was, an important tool to get from point A to point B. Unless you live in a city that has public transportation, having a car is virtually a necessity of living in the United States and many places in this world in the year 2018. I know from the emails we get daily and the calls that come in each night on the TV program how critical transportation is in the lives of the people we reach each day. That is why today, I wanted to use this opportunity to pray for and bless your transportation.
I have been blessed during most of my life to have newer, dependable cars. But I have also had those times in my life when I didn't. Trust me, I know what it is like to have to figure out how many quarters I needed to dig out to just get enough gas to go to work. I know what it is like to drive long distances in a car that had no business going 5 blocks, let alone 500 miles. I know what it is like to drive with little or no brakes. I know what it is like to hear horrible sounds coming from the engine and knowing deep down that something is really wrong.
I know what it is like to drive on tires that have virtually no tread. I know what it is like to have a radio that only played one station. I know all too well the frustration of breaking down and being on the side of the road at 3 in the afternoon as well as 3 in the morning. I know what it is like to drive in 10-below zero weather with no heater as well as 95-degree weather with no A/C. I know what it is like to get the "bad news" from the mechanic that it would cost 2-month's salary to fix my car. Sadly, I know that horrible sound of crumpled metal when two cars collide.
That is probably why I have so much empathy for those reading this today who are dealing with older, undependable cars. Let me give you some wise counsel today, PRAY OVER YOUR CAR. I tell you often that God blesses us in many ways. When you can get another 50,000 miles out of a car that already has 150,000 miles on it, without any major expenses or headaches, that my friend is a HUGE blessing. Even the newer cars today can be a nightmare due to all the new technology involved.
During his life, my father owned a SOHIO station in Union, Ohio, outside of Dayton. He supported our family working 16-hour days fixing cars. Today, my father would need years of technical school and a million of dollars worth of computer equipment to fix cars. So even those who are blessed to be able to afford the newer cars, can still end up having major nightmares when their car isn't working properly. So praying over your car is something EVERYONE should do.
Let me say here, that the Bible clearly teaches that nothing . . nothing . . nothing . . happens to us apart from God allowing it to happen. Read the first chapters of Job and you will see clearly that it is God who is in total control. I am convinced from my years in ministry and from the Word of God, that there is no disease . . . no accident . . . not even a bullet, that can take the life of one of God's children until that person's work here on earth is finished. It is God who will make that determination. Having said that, we are still responsible to be alert and to use the common sense the Lord gave us in our daily lives. That includes driving.
Driving our cars is such an instinctive thing we do, I doubt we ever really focus on the actual dangers we face when we get behind the wheel. First of all, seatbelts are a safety mechanism that have been proven to save lives. I don't care if you are going across the country, or across the block . . .WEAR YOUR SEATBELTS!!!
I would encourage you to say a prayer PRIOR to even starting your car. We pray about so many things, and don't pray about so many others! Pray for the Lord to guide you safely to your destination, that you will have no mechanical problems, you will arrive safely without getting into an accident, and for HIS protection every foot of your journey.
Also, remember why you are driving. It is to get you from point A to point B. It is not to listen to the radio, it is not to put on make-up, it is not to eat and drink, and it is not to talk on the phone, IT IS NOT TO READ OR SEND TEXT MESSAGES! There is nothing wrong with listening to the radio or the music on your phone or some device. However, set it up before you actually start driving. Do your make-up at home, not in the car. Eat at home or at your destination, not in the car. Take a break from the phone in the car!
Why do I say this? Simple. Any of these activities while driving take away from your ability to fully concentrate on driving your car, and take away from your ability to focus on what is happening around you. Even if you are the best driver in the world, the problem is that there are others on the road who may not be. Never forget, every time you get in your car, you are putting your life in the hands of those other drivers. You are trusting them to drive safely and obey the rules. Visa versa! They are trusting YOU to drive safely and obey the rules as well!
As a side, it is interesting that most people sadly end up putting more faith in strangers, people they have never met or know who are driving a 2-ton vehicle traveling feet from them at 60, 70, 80 MPH than they do in God!!! Take a moment and think about that!!!
This Devotional is not meant to scare you or to make you afraid to drive your car. Quite the opposite. It is intended to make you aware of one of the potential dangers you face each day, and to realize how important it is for you to be alert and focused every time you are driving. God has a wonderful plan for your life. We have a very real enemy out there that would love to hurt us. That is why we can never take things for granted, and must always remember that God is our protector and shield.
I realize that many people reading this today need a car. Again, PRAY! Pray for God to guide you to a good, reasonably priced, dependable car that will serve your needs. Buying a car is a big decision. I find it is one of the biggest decisions in life very few people ever pray about. Please don't neglect praying over such a large purchase and something that is so critical to your day-to-day life. God will open and close doors to guide you to the exact car He wants you to have.
I love you and care about you so much. I realize that some may not find today's Devotional very spiritual. The fact is, God cares about ALL of the areas of our life, and even though we don't talk about it as much, transportation is a HUGE issue in everyone's life. >From planes, to trains, to buses, to boats, to motorcycles, to bicycles, to our cars, getting from point A to point B is a very big part of our life each day, and one we often take for granted and neglect to pray about as much as we should.
I want you to know that today I will be praying for you and for your transportation needs each day. I will be praying for traveling mercies and that the Lord will watch over you as you move throughout your day from one destination to the next. I want to zero in specifically today on your car or cars, with the understanding of how important they are in each person's life to simply function in this modern world. In closing, I want to pray a special blessing on your car today, and encourage you to take time each day to pray about your transportation needs. Ask God's blessings on your car as well as in getting you from here to there in your daily travels through life.
"Father, I pray for my friend today. I pray specifically for my friend's car. Lord, bless this car today to function properly, to not have any mechanical difficulties, and to be a vessel of safety. I pray that you will watch over this car in its daily travels and keep it safe. Protect this vehicle and all occupants from any harm. Lord, today I pray a special prayer of BLESSING on my friend's car. For those today who need a car, guide them to the right source to find a fairly priced, dependable car that will serve their needs. Above all, let this car be used for YOUR service. Use this car to get many people to places where the name of Jesus is lifted up and glorified, to allow my friend to travel in their daily service to you and your Kingdom. We thank you today Father that you care about us, even about our cars. I pray today favor and blessings on my friend's car, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN!"
In His love and service,
Your friend, brother, and co-laborer in Christ,