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Prayer and the Art of Sailing


“And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds,
and said unto them, Occupy till I come”
Luke 19:13

While in prayer this morning, I was encouraged by the picture of a seasoned and masterful sailor. Often a sailor encounters places where the wind is low, or it may come from a direction opposed to his destination. It is here where the wise sailor uses his skill to place the sails to gain an advantage; to remain on course with intention and purpose.

In our time of prayer and communion we “feel” His movements and His intent for the day before us. As we grow in Him, we learn to adjust our course and our hearts according to the whispers of His Spirit so that our day may be profitable for His use and glory.

“having called ten servants of his own,
he gave ten minas to them and said to them,
Do business—until I come”
Luke 19:13 (LSV)

The above translation best explains the nature and attitude with which we are to face each day. Far too many of us miss out on the adventures and the blessings of His gifts to us. The wise servants gained minas in trading while the slothful hid what he had received out of fear and unbelief.

Prayer and the Art of Sailing

Just as the sailor I need an open heart for today’s adventure, eager to serve Him, and sensitive to the slightest whisper of His Spirit to be about my Father’s business.

There is a great gain for those who are good stewards of the gift given. His gift is our business. We must give it our full attention that He may receive the fruits of His investment.

“Herein is my Father glorified,
that ye bear much fruit…”
John 15:8

Each morning let us adjust the sails of our hearts and launch afresh into the great unknown ocean of His possibilities!

“Launch out into the deep
and let down your nets for a catch”
Luke 5:4 (NKJV)

Faith is the sail that captures the wind and inspiration of our Master. He is the mover of those who have ears to hear.

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“Do business—until I come”

Brian Troxel


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