Prayer Signs

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Psalm 65; Exodus 7:14–24; Acts 27:13–38

Do the right thing! Then, do the next right thing! If there is a question of what the right thing is? You’ll just know. Right? Sounds completely rational. You’ll just know.

Except it doesn’t always (or even often for many) work that way. Many times awe-inspiring stories are told of how answered s or provided guidance. If it hasn’t worked for you, yes, perhaps your life needs some work. On the other hand, perhaps is expecting you to work it through yourself.

Moses and Paul are great examples to look at. They are also not.

Both Moses and Paul are powerfully connected to . Although the tell us all the high and powerful points. They also don’t tell us the times between.

Were Moses and Paul always deeply and intimately connected to ? No. While we can be sure that Moses learned about the of the Israelites from his biological mother, his life in the court of the Pharaoh would have definitely tempered some of that (though likely there was some warmth for the of his mother).

Paul was a strict observer of the Jewish Law. So strictly did he follow the Law, that he vigorously attacked the fledgling of the Way (that became later identified as Christian). We could easily say he was an observant Jew. However, his pre-conversion life would not have had the same connection to based upon his conversion.

This is not to say that your with is not ificant or deep. It is to say that each of us lives different lives, and how that affects our with may be ificant.

What we can do is to temper ourselves by reading the , , and a group of fellow believers that we can be fully open with all our flaws and failures. As we become more shaped by the , , and the ful lives of others, we can begin to expect to understand the guidance that has been providing to this point, but we were unable to grasp it.

Lastly, though, is the hardest part…and it’s all ours. It is our free will. We can choose to pursue and ’s will. We still may choose our own.


  • What is the one thing you are looking for an answer from about?
  • What about it is something that you cannot determine yourself?
  • What have you done in finding wise Christian counsel to work through this?


Lord, we pray and for answers. Yet, while we , you still call us to walk forward day by day ing in you. Guide us into your will, and mold our hearts to respond to it.

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.