What Lies Ahead

By Ruth Bell Graham   •   July 2, 2013

One day many years ago, as I was driving home from town with one of our sons, he kept urging me to hurry. “Go faster, Mother!” he insisted. But he was too young to read the road sign that said 45 mph.

And again, “Pass him, Mother.” But he was too small to see that there was a double yellow line.

Then I began applying the brake. “Why are you stopping?” he demanded.
“There’s a school bus ahead that has stopped,” I replied.

I thought to myself, When God is at the wheel, we may request–but never insist. We are too young to read certain signs, too small to see what lies ahead.

George MacDonald writes, “There is a communion with God that asks for nothing, yet asks for everything. … He who seeks the Father more than anything he can give, is likely to have what he asks, for he is not likely to ask amiss.”

There may be a long interval between these two clauses from John 16:24: “ask, and ye shall receive” and “that your joy may be full” (KJV). But the end of true prayer is always joy.

Taken by permission from “Growing in Prayer,” by Ruth Bell Graham, Decision magazine, May 1974, ©1974 The Ruth Graham Literary Trust.

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  1. Betty Ann Gandy says:

    Reading and meditating on the Bible is a MUST for Christians, the day will come when non-believers will come and take our Precious Word from us! Let us read, study, meditate on the Bible and PRAY. Thank You Jesus and open the unsaved people’s eyes and ears to You Father, Amen and Amen.

  2. jiang says:

    yReading this article help me re evaluate myself.thank you , Grahams

  3. samuel says:

    Talking is sometimes good, especially when we PRAY, But listening is far better, when we hear the TRUTH they say, even so we must be careful, of going the wrong way, Thank GOD we have his Bible. telling us his TRUTH every day.

  4. kanchan says:

    God always answers our prayers….sometimes not the way we want but in His way. Thy will be done Father.Amen

  5. Jamie says:

    I frequently thank The Heavenly Father for The Graham Family.Thanks for always following His Will.Your family is a beacon of light into all of the world.I love all of you.In His LOVE!!!

  6. Stephen says:

    What Lies AheadContinuing from those lovely words, friends, God's glory lies ahead of us, and the only way there is by holding Jesus' hand. Thank you sweet Jesus for showing us the way. Amen.