DayBreaks for 02/02/15 – The Grass Is Growing on Your Path
Acts 9:11 (NLT) – The Lord said, ‘Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you arrive, ask for Saul of Tarsus. He is praying to me right now.’
It is interesting that the very first instinct of Saul of Tarsus after his conversion was to pray. Saul was a religious man before his conversion, but prayer seems to have been his greatest passion after coming to find the truth. Perhaps it shouldn’t seem so strange, because after all, once someone comes to the Lord, don’t we pray a prayer with them thanking God for their salvation? While we aren’t told what Saul was praying about, we probably wouldn’t be too far off to assume it was gratitude for what God had done to help him see the truth, a prayer of repentance, and requests to help him be what God wanted him to be.
Many years ago, the gospel was preached to a number of tribes in central Africa. Many folks responded to the message and claimed the blood of Christ. And, just as did Saul so many years ago, their natural instinct was to raise their voices of thanks, requests and contrition to the Lord, both in private and in public. These people had no church building in which to worship or where they could gather for a time of prayer, so they cleared a central spot in the jungle just for that purpose. It wasn’t long before there were many individual paths from many different directions that were worn through the high brush. Whenever a new convert seemed to be losing his or her first love and enthusiasm, other believers would encourage them by saying, “Brother, the grass is growing on your path.”
Are you finding yourself in dry, arid and stale places in your spiritual life right now? It is something that seems to happen to all believers at some point or another – I know it’s happened to me more than once. William Cowper, the hymn writer, once penned: “Where is the blessedness I knew when I first sought the Lord? Where is the soul-refreshing view of Jesus and His Word?” If you’re in an empty space, it could be because you have neglected to pray fervently and regularly. You may have stopped spending time with God or with His people. The grass has grown over your own path to His presence and power. Wrong priorities take us away from the pathway of prayer, grass grows over it, and it becomes hard to find again.
Don’t let the pathway that Jesus cleared for us to approach the Father get covered over with the wildness of your life. Use that pathway often – and you will find your life again becoming refreshing and vibrant.
“One thing is needful, oh my Father,
One things is needful, oh my God,
That I sit at your feet and pour out my love!
This thing is needful, oh my God.”
Copyright by 2005 Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>
PRAYER: I’m sorry, Lord. I know I need to talk with you and listen to you much more than I do. Let my path be well worn to Your throne of grace and to those who need to hear about You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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