"Tychicus will tell you everything." Ephesians 6:21

September 17th, 2013 by Dennis Fuqua

Jesus, let me explain…

I know there will be a time when both you and I will stand before the Lord and give an account of our lives here on earth.  I don’t know the topics or the specific questions He will ask us on that day.  But, what if one of the topics was prayer and one of His questions was, “Did you take my clear instructions on prayer seriously?”

If this represents what might happen in our future, I want you to be able to give a good solid answer to that question.  So, here is what I hope you don’t say.

“Well, ah, Jesus, I am sure you will understand… let me explain…

  • I am not sure what those ‘clear instructions’ actually are.”
  • But my pastor taught me that this part of the Bible doesn’t apply to us right now.”
  • What do you mean, “Not seriously,” we said it in church every week.  Isn’t that what you had in mind?”
  • Well, I did take it seriously!   I said it over and over and over and over again.  In fact, I got so I could say the whole thing in less than 5 second! Doesn’t that count?”
  • I heard some great sermons and read some great books about it.  I even lead Bible studies on it.  But it never dawned on me that I was supposed to treat is as a real prayer.”
  • Yeah, Jesus, you got a great prayer there… in fact, I love the wall plaque I got for memorizing it in Sunday School.”
  • I read this book that taught me how to pray a different way and I liked it better.”
  • Well, I tried Your way for a while, but it didn’t seem to work.  It was sort of boring.”
  • But there were so many other things I needed to pray for.”
  • Well, ya know… parts of that prayer are really pretty confusing.  I didn’t understand it all, so I didn’t pray it.”
  • I thought that was just for professionals and people who were really serious about You.”
  • You mean ‘daily’ meant “daily?”
  • Oh, my!  You mean, You actually meant it?”

And the list could go on…  But let’s eliminate all of the reasons why we are not taking His clear instructions seriously and ask Him regularly “Lord, teach us to pray.”  Then, let’s not listen for a new answer.  Let’s listen to the old answer.

My hope is that if there is a question like this in your future, you will be able to say… “Jesus, praying according to the pattern of this prayer has been one of the most amazing parts of my walk with You.  It has changed everything.  I cannot think of a better way to pray.  Thank You!  You were so gracious to give us this instruction.”

Thank you, Tychicus

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