You and I are probably making same mistake, we are neglecting those prayers. Those prayers aren’t attractive, they are not the usual prayers we consider ‘anointed’ and ‘powerful’ for breakthrough. Yet, I’m urged to remind us that they are probably the most important prayers we could have said in our life time.
Those prayers form a mindset of those who understand the importance of ending well. As experience has shown that it’s tragic to begin well and end disastrously. Eventually how we end is of greater consequence than how we began.
“ORDER MY STEPS LORD ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD, DO NOT LET ANY INIQUITY DOMINATE ME” Ps 119:133. This is one of those very important prayers we neglect.
David said it and ended well. The end marked the difference between David and Solomon. Solomon was such a favored guy. He was born with silver spoon and fed with gold spoon. While others fought for the throne, he got it on a platter of gold. David endured untold hardships to become king, Solomon didn’t. David fought dangerous wars, Solomon didn’t. Solomon had wealth and fame David could only imagine. Yet, it was David that ended well. Despite all the moral, spiritual and physical turbulence David had, he ended well because God ORDERED HIS STEPS. Solomon lost it because he took the wrong steps towards the end. He probably didn’t say those prayers as is the case with most people.
A wrong step can destroy your marriage, family, name, fortune, career. A wrong step can lead you into penury, regret and loss. A wrong step, just one wrong step can put you on self sabotage. “ORDER MY STEPS LORD” should be a constant prayer in your mouth, it should be your mindset.
The second is like it: “GOD, EXAMINE ME AND KNOW MY HEART, TEST ME AND KNOW MY CONCERNS.
MAKE SURE THAT I AM NOT ON MY WAY TO RUIN, AND GUIDE ME ON THE ROAD OF ETERNITY” Ps 139:23-24
Nobody deliberately puts themselves in harms way, yet we all are susceptible to lifestyles and habits that can render us all bankrupt of moral, spiritual and financial wealth. This is why these two prayers are absolutely important. All of us are susceptible to the temptations and weaknesses of those who fell victims.
There is a song that poignantly portrays this issue. The chorus goes this way:
“Oh The future lies before me
And I know not where I’d be.
But where ever my path be leading
Saviour keep my heart with thee.”
May we all end well in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
By Fr. John Oluoma
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Disclaimer: Prayer is not magic. God indeed answers prayers but sometimes His answer is either No or Not Now. Don't be discouraged when your prayers are not met immediately or even later. Keep trusting God who is good all the time. Thank you.
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