And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!
The Hebrew text makes it clear that this is the passionate cry of a father who says, “I already have a son whom I love deeply. Let him be the one through whom the covenant and blessings come.” In other words, Abraham is saying, “I know I got ahead of You when Ishmael was conceived. I know that was not Your plan. I know I made a mess, but Lord, bless my mess.”
Have you ever done that? Maybe your motives were sincere; maybe your intentions were right. But you didn’t wait on God or talk things over with Him. Instead, you just plunged into that relationship, that job opportunity, or that ministry. And when it turned out to be a mess, you asked God to bless it anyway.
I used to think prayer was giving God orders. “Bless this, bless that, bless the other,” I’d pray, as if I could ring a bell through prayer (the more faith I had, the louder it would ring), and God would grant me my wishes as if He were a genie. I used to think I knew what God should do. Now I know I don’t have a clue. I have found that God gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him. Thus, prayer is not giving God orders. Prayer is simply reporting for duty. Prayer is not “Bless my mess.” It’s “Lord, have Your way.”
This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Pillar By Day" by Pastor Jon. "A Pillar By Day" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Genesis through Deuteronomy.If you would like your own copy of "A Pillar By Day" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store.