As a guy that never rides planes, I probably use airplane mode on my phone more than most flight attendants. Unlike it’s intended use for actually being on a plane…I use it for a multitude of other strange reasons.
I need to charge my phone fast… Airplane mode.
Time to reset my wifi connection… Airplane mode.
I have to save battery for a bit while I take pictures… Airplane mode.
I’m tired of being bothered and need some silence… You get the idea!
But this isn’t about something trivial like a cell phone. This is about something deeper. This is about my soul. I’m here to spotlight my human condition. I want to identify something I need to do more each and every day; I need to pray.
Just as every phone has the ability to switch to airplane mode, prayer is one human disposition we all share as Christians. Whether or not we actually want to “turn it on” is completely an individual choice.
I think part of the problem with my lack of prayer is that I let the world tell me that prayer is only for certain occasions or certain places. I turn it on only when I think i’m supposed to. You know what I’m talking about. I get stuck in the whole pray before I eat, pray at church and pray before I go to bed mentality. Prayer is not a specific tool in our tool box that we pull out for certain situations; it’s the whole tool box!
So why do I need to pray?
I need to pray because I’m desperately needing energy for my soul now. I need to pray because nothing worked out the way it should have and I need a do over. I need to pray that God continues to sustain me as I cheerfully do HIS work. I need to pray to be alone with God and not let the worries of the world distract me from his goodness.
How do I pray?
9 Pray like this:
Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.
10 May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today the food we need,[a]
12 and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
13 And don’t let us yield to temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one.
Prayer is something I can use anywhere at anytime for any reason. All I have to do is make that switch. When I pray I’ll remember to switch my phone in airplane mode too.
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