When the transmission in the truck went out, operations were stuck in second gear. It was slow going. 30mph. It was Christmas Eve, no repair shops were open, and there was over 400 miles yet to go on the 1200 miles trip.
The last 400 miles was driven in second gear. But, they all made it safe and sound. “It was dangerous to drive on the interstate though,” said the driver. “We had to find back roads because we were driving so slowly.”
Driving that slow gave time to talk, think, and laugh. One hundred-fifty years ago, a speed of 30mph was fast, dangerous and risky. Today, it’s dangerous to drive that slowly.
Danger is relative, comparable. It’s not an absolute. What seems dangerous today, may be safe tomorrow.
This is an important fact to know when praying.
Prayers themselves need to be inspired, renewed. What we prayed for and received yesterday may not be the thing we should pray for and receive today.
Do we pray for healing? Maybe we need honesty?
Do we pray for honesty? Maybe we need courage?
“And going a little farther [Jesus] fell on his face and prayed, saying, ‘My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.’” (Matthew 26:39, ESV)
Prayer affirms the will of Love, Truth, Life. Prayer confirms wellbeing, a trust in good, and promise.