Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | December 10, 2015

December 10, 2015 “The Fork In The Road”

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)

Good Morning Prayer Warriors!

Most of us remember certain people that had a profound influence upon our lives. For many of us, it was a teacher in high school or college, or maybe even Sunday School. I can remember several such people in my lifetime. One in particular was my high school English teacher. She was a real taskmaster and a stickler for perfection in spelling, grammar, composition, and “margins…margins…margins.” She also introduced her students to the great works of literature. She was particularly fond of the works of Shakespeare and of great poets like Carl Sandburg and Robert Frost. I can still remember memorizing Frost’s classic poem “The Road Not Taken”, which begins with the lines:

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both,and be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth.”

Each of us has a choice between two roads…one leads to eternity with God, while the other leads to eternal separation from God. The road to salvation is accessed only through Jesus Christ and communication with Him. It is a transforming journey that sets our feet on a different path than the one on which we would naturally travel. Daily prayer is more than mere conversation with God. It is the road less taken that leads to salvation.  But there is another enticing road that many follow. At first, the road seems attractive and inviting…even wildly adventurous and exciting. It is the road of sin, rebellion, and disobedience.It entices us to believe that prayer is folly, dull, and leads us nowhere. In the end, however, we find it leads to heartbreak, pain, and sorrow, and worst of all, it leaves us disconnected from the Lord of Life. The legendary late Yogi Berra once observed “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” The key is in choosing which direction you choose to go when you come to that juncture. John Bunyan wrote,

“Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer”.

Robert Frost’s famous poem concludes with the words,

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Take the road less traveled by. Take the road of prayer. It will transform your life for all eternity, and it will make all the difference in this world and the next. The spiritual forces of evil will do their best to deceive us, but we will stand strong as we stand with God. Let’s pray!

Gracious and Glorious Lord; The decisions we make in this life couldn’t be any clearer…heaven or hell…life or death. therefore, it is our desire to choose life, that we might spend eternity with You. Grant us wisdom as we journey and come to that great time of decision. “To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” Amen!

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