Beyond ‘McPrayer’

July 20th, 2015 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized

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

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The 2015 American Customer Satisfaction Index Report ranked 18 fast food chains by staff, courtesy, speed of checkout or delivery, quality of the food and order accuracy. At the very bottom: McDonalds. Number one is a store that closes on Sundays and strives to operate on Christian principles. Imagine that! Congrats to Chick-fil-A!

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