By Anne Graham Lotz | First Published: May 02, 2016
When I was a teenager, I went on a 14-mile hike with a friend. The path she had chosen was not marked, so we just kept to the highest points along the mountain range. We knew eventually we would come out to the trail that led to the top of Greybeard Mountain, which was our destination.
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About an hour from our goal, we got lost in a laurel thicket. While that may sound humorous, it wasn’t. Laurel bushes are low and thick, and they can cover the side of a mountain. It’s impossible to see out of them in any direction. So my friend pulled out a compass. She adjusted it so that the needle pointed north, then she motioned for me to follow her. As she kept her eye on the compass, we fought our way through the bushes. North was our center point. As long as we kept the needle on the compass pointed in that direction, we were able to hike to a place where we could get a better perspective of where we were and we subsequently found the trail we were looking for. Eventually, we made it successfully to the top of Greybeard.
Prayer is like our compass in life, and the needle that points north is the focus of our faith in the living God. He is the “north” on our “compass.” He is the centerpoint. Regardless of what life throws at us, whether it’s a long, hard climb to the top of our profession or career, or the steady trail of perseverance as we set out to achieve our goals, or the confusion and lost feeling that can envelope us when we find ourselves in a thicket of problems and pressures and pain—if our prayers are focused on the living God, they will make a difference. In us. In our circumstances. In others. In our church. In our nation. In our world. So … it’s time to set your compass.
READ PSALM 18:1-19
I. CENTER ON HIS PERSON 18:1-3
II. CRY OUT FOR HIS PITY 18:4-6
III. CONFIDENT OF HIS POWER 18:7-19
Would you set your compass when you pray by first centering down on God’s person, then cry out for His pity, being confident of His power? Try it now. ©2016 Anne Graham Lotz
Scripture quotations are taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version.