Michael Jackson strutted his stuff. He blazed the trail of fame and wealth in a legendary fashion. He was worth hundreds of millions in dollars. At the time of his death, he was estimated to owe between $400 to $500 million. He probably neglected those important prayers.
Mike Tyson was worth over $400m but in 2003 he owed a debt of $23m. He most likely didn’t say those prayers.
50 Cent declared bankruptcy in 2016 with a debt of $32m on his neck. He also may have shunned those prayers.
The list is long, just ask google the names of rich and famous celebs who went burst. They lost everything. I’m sure they all turned a blind eye to those prayers.
All of them got into trouble because they took one wrong STEP or the other. None of them lost their fame and fortune by demonic attack as many diagnosis in this part of the world often say. The STEPS they took got them into the pits.
You and I are probably making same mistake, we are neglecting those prayers. Those prayers aren’t attractive, they are not the usual prayers we consider ‘anointed’ and ‘powerful’ for breakthrough. Yet, I’m urged to remind us that they are probably the most important prayers we could have said in our life time.
Those prayers form a mindset of those who understand the importance of ending well. As experience has shown that it’s tragic to begin well and end disastrously. Eventually how we end is of greater consequence than how we began.
“ORDER MY STEPS LORD ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD, DO NOT LET ANY INIQUITY DOMINATE ME” Ps 119:133. This is one of those very important prayers we neglect.
David said it and ended well. The end marked the difference between David and Solomon. Solomon was such a favored guy. He was born with silver spoon and fed with gold spoon. While others fought for the throne, he got it on a platter of gold. David endured untold hardships to become king, Solomon didn’t. David fought dangerous wars, Solomon didn’t. Solomon had wealth and fame David could only imagine. Yet, it was David that ended well. Despite all the moral, spiritual and physical turbulence David had, he ended well because God ORDERED HIS STEPS. Solomon lost it because he took the wrong steps towards the end. He probably didn’t say those prayers as is the case with most people.
A wrong step can destroy your marriage, family, name, fortune, career. A wrong step can lead you into penury, regret and loss. A wrong step, just one wrong step can put you on self sabotage. “ORDER MY STEPS LORD” should be a constant prayer in your mouth, it should be your mindset.
The second is like it: “GOD, EXAMINE ME AND KNOW MY HEART, TEST ME AND KNOW MY CONCERNS.
MAKE SURE THAT I AM NOT ON MY WAY TO RUIN, AND GUIDE ME ON THE ROAD OF ETERNITY” Ps 139:23-24
Nobody deliberately puts themselves in harms way, yet we all are susceptible to lifestyles and habits that can render us all bankrupt of moral, spiritual and financial wealth. This is why these two prayers are absolutely important. All of us are susceptible to the temptations and weaknesses of those who fell victims.
There is a song that poignantly portrays this issue. The chorus goes this way:
“Oh The future lies before me
And I know not where I’d be.
But where ever my path be leading
Saviour keep my heart with thee.”
May we all end well in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.