I don’t pull through a drive-through real often, but the times I have in the past have been little frustrating. Oh, I can manage the car right up next to the little box where I’m to
- Wait for someone to know I’m there
- Hear me speak
- Hear them speak back to me.
The issues come in the communication. I usually end up shouting talking way louder than is necessary and looking into the speaker, as though the hearer might be standing in that little box. “Did she say $10.32 or $10.52?” It’s hard to know. I attempt to be ready to meet the attendant. I then drive around to pick up the item I asked for. The whole thing is over quickly and I’m on my way, hopefully with what I ordered. The drive-through is used because it’s convenient ~ not necessarily effective.
I’m afraid many times we approach praying and getting an answer from God much like the drive-through window at our favorite fast-food place. We’d like the convenience of getting what we we want in a fast, timely manner rather than “going to lots of trouble.”
Here’s what a “Drive-through window prayer” looks like –
We pull up (bow our head), give our order (give God our list of requests for that day) while the engine is still running (while we’re ready to dash off to the next item on our “to-do” list), and give a salute to the window attendant, (say “Amen”) and hope the order in the bag is what we asked for (get from God what we asked).
Most times, however, Drive-through window praying leaves us confused about the message we were hoping to hear. We scratch our heads, wondering if we got a message…or not. But the truth is…
God doesn’t answer us on the run.
When we pray, we need to pull off and park. We need to turn off the distractions of the world and be still before God so that we can hear His voice and so we can really focus on Him. Prayer isn’t about just getting my needs met – prayer is entering into a relationship with my God. It’s there at the Throne that I learn more about Him and even His Word. As we stop and draw near to Him, we will clearly hear His voice. The answers will be unmistakable and sure. Oh, they may not come right away, but as we continue to pray, He will answer. Jeremiah 33:3
Are you looking for answers today? Don’t look for them at the drive-through. Park and go inside. God will always hear exactly what you’re asking, and He will answer you in a clear, distinct way!
Can you remember a time of prayer in which God spoke to you in His still, small voice and revealed an answer to you?
Refresh your prayer life by slowing down long enough to really listen.