A few years ago our family was taking the drive from hell. Normally this trip would take 8 hours, but this time – rain, traffic, accidents and a crying baby. Over 13 hours in the car with all these wretched obstacles! UGH!
As night fell, I took the driver’s seat from my husband. Hoping to make up some time, I braved the left lane. But what to my weary eyes appeared but those big blue flashing lights. I had just passed a cop. UGH! UGH!
At this point my husband began to gleefully talk the tune of a ticket, “I told you Barb not to pass that car. Now you’re going to get a ticket!” I know he was just teasing, but this did not help the matter. I’m sure he thought it was my turn to pay the piper as he had so many times before. But fortunately for me, I knew to call on God with MY MERCY PRAYER.
Much to the surprize of both of us – this “mercy prayer” actually worked. Once again, I escaped a formal ticket with a little ole warning. Coincidence? Or not? Here are my thoughts:
- When we give mercy, I think we can expect to receive it. While my husband joked that policemen do not write tickets to females, I beg to differ. I think it’s because I try to be merciful person. Matthew 5:7 says “Blessed are the merciful. For they shall obtain mercy.”
- Develop a heart that desires to do the right thing all the time and work towards that end. So for the record, I never intentionally drive with my lead foot.
- Always have a contrite heart even if you made an honest mistake.
I believe God delights to rescue us from judgement, harm, danger or trouble when we sincerely repent and ask for His help. This is an amazing aspect of God’s nature. Even when we mess up, He can always make something good come from it. I call this – His Mercy Annointing”.
“Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy.” Psalm 33:18
So next time you are caught whether speeding or whatever, I hope you will consider the “mercy prayer” ? It can work wonders.