April 10, 2016
Hi, I’m Jim, and welcome to more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at! This week, we look at perverted prayers.
Sometimes I’m afraid I treat God like the drive-through window at McDonalds. I scan the menu board of “promise verses,” place my order, and then race my engine as I wait impatiently.
One week in 1988, I decided that I would try to get beyond my “McGod” mentality of prayer and just praise the Lord—without placing one “order.” I picked the wrong week!
Monday, I discovered we had a little over one hundred dollars in our check book and bills of over a thousand dollars. Wednesday a publisher, who owed me several hundred dollars in back royalties, announced that it too was broke. I was tempted to shout my order into menu board speaker, but I managed to simply praise God that week.
Friday, while on my way to the bank for a loan to cover our bills, I stopped by my daughter’s school to pay her tuition. There had been an error last semester and we didn’t owe money that month. Praise the Lord!
My next stop was at a Christian university to check on some advertising copy I had recently written. “That was great,” the director announced. “We’d also like you to rewrite all our admissions brochures. Do you think you could do that for around a thousand dollars.” Praise the Lord!
I never did get to the bank. All our bills were paid! God does inhabit the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3).
Copyright © 2005 James N. Watkins
Why I’m not forwarding this prayer
Who creates these memes?! (Oops, I’ve already broken the spell by asking a question! Rats!)
No, this prayer is not “so powerful!” God is powerful! And he’s not obligated to bless you if you send this to 12 other people! God doesn’t operate a multi-level blessing scheme!
No, God is not going to determine if he’s “first in your life” by whether or not you forward this prayer! He wants to know you are loving him and loving your neighbor. (I don’t think God even has a Facebook account to check in on his creations.) [Continue reading my rant]
• Is prayer in public school really a good idea?!
Cartoon of the week
Here’s my favorite cartoon on prayer.
Quips and quotations on prayer
The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course. Billy Graham
No prayer is lost. Praying breath was never spent in vain. There is no such thing as prayer unanswered or unnoticed by God, and some things that we count refusals or denials are simply delays. Horatius Bonar
God always answers prayer: sometimes He says yes, sometimes He says no, and sometimes He says, “You’ve got to be kidding.” Fran Fernandez
God always answers prayer: no, slow, go. JNW
Christ sometimes delays His help that He may try our faith and quicken our prayers. The boat may be covered with the waves, and He sleeps on; but He will wake up before it sinks. He sleeps, but He never oversleeps; and there are no “too lates” with Him. Alexander Maclaren
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