Gideon Prays For a Sign

Daily God Walk for Friday, May 13, 2011

  Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised – look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said,” And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew – a bowlful of water. – Judges 6:36-38

 I have heard about “making a fleece” before the Lord since I was a child and that type of prayer comes from this passage. However, I think the concept is not always understood.

God had spoken to Gideon that he was to lead Israel into victory over the Midianites and Amalekites who were coming against them. It was only after Gideon had received instructions from the Lord that he made the fleece prayer to get confirmation that it was actually God speaking to him.

Some have used the fleece prayer to make a decision on what to do when they have not heard God speak. I have a friend who was asking God if it was his will to marry a certain girl. He was driving through a town with many signal lights and he prayed, “Lord, if you want me to marry her let all the lights be green as I drive through town.”

The catch to his prayer was that the signals were set so that if you drove at 28 miles per hour you would hit all of them green. That’s what he did and low and behold, all of the lights were green. He never did marry that girl. That is not the kind of fleece prayer Gideon made.

If you want to find out God’s will don’t play games and try to manipulate him into answering on your terms. When he is ready for you to know he will speak to you and give you the assurance that he has spoken. When you have heard the Lord then you can ask him to confirm what you have heard with a sign, but don’t ask for a sign without already hearing from him.

 Prayer: Lord, it’s me again! I want to know your will in every area of my life, but it isn’t always easy to patiently wait for you to speak. Help me to be patient then to trust what you say. Amen.

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