I like to figure things out. That’s why I became an engineer. For years figuring out how to design machines to work the way I wanted them to was how I made my living. But one thing I know I’ll never figure out is life. And the great thing about that is – I don’t have to!
Proverbs 3:5-8 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and depart from evil. 8 It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.
Trusting in the Lord with all your heart and leaning not on your own understanding obviously means a lot of prayer!
The promise is that when we do that, we can know that God will direct our paths (make them straight) – and we will prosper in all we do (Psalm 1:3).
To not pray is to be wise in my own eyes – to think that I can figure out what to do and how to make it work for me. That way lies a lot of stress and a lot of failure! But when I bring every issue before the Lord, “It will be health to my flesh, and strength to my bones.” I won’t be stressed out about anything!
So, prayer has got to be the first priority of my day.