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Do you remember the “pre-Google Maps” days? I do! Years back, every journey to an unfamiliar destination required a map—a real paper map! You would mark your route and read the map to get where you were going.
Inevitably, map reading included an additional element. When the map was unclear, or road changes had been made, you had to stop and ask someone for directions. Hundreds of times over the years I have gone into gas stations, convenience stores, or stopped somewhere along the way to ask for help finding my destination. The map and the asking worked together!
The same is true in getting direction from God. We need a map, which is the Bible, and we need prayer, which is the asking. The Bible clarifies the road we are to take, and prayer helps us discover the adjustments we need to make along the way.
James the apostle referred to what we should do when we need guidance from God in James 1:5 (NIV) “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all, without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
We all need guidance. We may need to make a decision that we’re unsure of making or face a decision about an opportunity that we’re unsure of taking. In all kinds of situations, we need to know what to do—what path to take.