Is Prayer Your Steering Wheel Or Your Spare Tire?

Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?

Corrie Ten Boom

When I read this a have to admit I was hesitant to answer, I was a little uncertain. For me sometimes it depends on the situation.

Is prayer your first attempt steering wheel or your last-ditched effort. (your spare tire)

As a spare tire, prayer is saved for a crisis situation or when you think you have something really big you need God for, those crisis can be your health, relationship, work, or emotional issues. You’re not even sure how to pray and find yourself struggling when you need prayer. There are times when we treat prayer as a last resort. Nothing else has worked, so I guess I should pray!

The steering wheel is needed every moment that you’re in the car. It’s what drives our lives. In this case prayer is the center to opening ourselves to receive God’s help and direction. Does you prayer life guide you in every facet of your life? Is it something you have your hands on every waking moment of the day?

How do you answer that question?

  • Why did you choose your answer?
  • When do you pray, morning or evening? Why? For how long?
  • Do you pray just before meals?
  • How about praying without ceasing?

Prayer should not be your spare tire, but it must be your steering wheel.


  • Prayer protects us.
  • Prayer changes things, including us.
  • Prayer draws you closer to God.
  • Prayer makes you happy.
  • Prayer gives you hope.
  • Prayer heals you from all pain.
  • Prayer makes you stronger spiritually.

“The greatest tragedy in life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer.” -F.B Meyer-

Prayer pumps power into the steering wheel and around every detour or do you only use it when your life is blown and flat.

Isaiah 58:11. The Lord will guide you always in a sun-scorched land and strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden like a spring whose water never fails.

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