Do not pray for God to close doors if you just plan to crash through them anyway.
On the other side of that, do not pray that God will open doors if you never plan to walk through them.
In the mid 90's I learned a simple prayer that would help me with direction in my life. "Lord, please close the doors that you don't want me to enter and open the ones that you do." Sounds simple right? Here's what I learned in the past 20 years of praying that prayer......
- God knew the perfect woman for my life. It had to be God, I never would have married a blonde on my own!
- God knew the house(s) we should buy and the ones we should not.
- God knew the jobs we should take and the ones we should not accept.
- God knew which vehicle we should buy that would last us longer than others.
Was it scary at times to walk through an open door that I didn't know what was on the other side?
Absolutely. However, I would much rather walk through an unknown door that God opened then to crash my way through a door that I THINK I want to walk through.
Today you may be in a position where doors all around you are closing. There seems to be one direction for you to take but it's unknown to you what's through that door. If the Lord opened it then He is ready to take you through it.
Jeremiah 29:11 says......"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Your hope and future are through a door that God opened. If you haven't entered it yet today is a perfect day!
--Coach Paul Bartels is an Assembly of God Pastor who volunteers at Capital City Church in Harrisburg, Pa. If you enjoyed this article he would like for you follow him at: https://www.facebook.com/CoachPaulBartels where he posts articles like this one on a regular basis.