March 15, 2022
Today’s reading: Philippians 4:6-7
One day, there was this man who had a flat tire in a secluded area. The problem is that he left his mechanical jack back home. He remembered that about 500 meters away, he passed by a house. So, he decided to get help.
As he was walking to the house, he was talking to himself, “I’m going to borrow a jack from that house. But what if the person in the house doesn’t trust me and won’t let me borrow his jack. Hmm… if that happens, I will just pay. Maybe, I will pay $3.
However, what if the person says, he needs more than that. Well, I’ll just pay more. Perhaps, I’ll pay $5. But what if it’s still not enough. Hmm… I will pay up to $10. But what if the person will still ask for more.”
This person talked and talked to himself for a long time until he didn’t notice that he was already in front of the house. He stood in front of the house’s gate and pushed the doorbell.
A man came out from the door and asked, “Hey, how may I help you?”
Because of the conversation that he has been having in his mind, how the man will not let him borrow the jack and how the man tries to ask for a payment, he told the man, “You can have your jack! You selfish and uncaring man!”
The man in the house was shocked and the man with a flat tire walked away without his needed tools.
Friends, sometimes, we are like this man. We talk to ourselves and because of our natural bias and prejudice, we end up doing things we should do.
That’s why friends, I want to challenge you today:
What if instead of talking to yourself, you talk to God?
When you walk out of your house, you say, “Father, please protect and direct my steps.”
When you cook your dinner, you say, ”Father, please help me to cook a delicious meal for me and my family.”
When you have a problem in your work, you say, “Father, please help me close this business deal.”
I hope you’re getting my point.
The bible tells us:
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Instead of simply talking to yourself, invite God into your conversation.
Invite Him in your life but have a constant connection with him through prayer.
No matter how small or big your concern is, you’ll be glad that you brought it to God’s attention.
You can follow Paul’s teaching, “pray without ceasing” by having a prayerful attitude.
Yes, prayers don’t have to be lengthy. A short, constant heartfelt prayer will surely bring you closer to our Heavenly Father.
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