Forgive me. The title is a little misleading, but maybe we can work past this and my other flaws in the weeks ahead. Just give me a try, okay?
On May 20, 1985, I gave my life to Jesus on a bathroom floor. My eighteen years of being a devout agnostic were cleansed by the blood of Jesus. I then became a new creation.
The following morning, I arose early and walked into the family room. There I sat down on the sofa. It seemed like I needed to pray, but how? I wasn’t sure.
I prayed something like this: “Lord, bless my wife. Bless my son. Bless my daughter…” And so forth for my family and friends.
Were my prayers effective? Yes, I am sure they were. You see, our Lord meets us where we are in our Christian journeys and encourages us to grow from there.
This reminds me of a great fictional story.
A bishop was on a long cruise, but he discovered the ship was sailing past a small island where two illiterate believers lived. Numerous sailors had reported about the miracles, signs, and wonders performed by the men. The bishop convinced the captain to anchor the ship for a few hours at the island.
The bishop went ashore and met the two men. All shook hands and introduced themselves.
“Can you show me how you pray?” asked the bishop.
“Oh,” said one man, “we just pray, ‘Bless him, Jesus’ and miracles then happen.”
The bishop shook his head. “You need teaching. Your prayers are limited and much too shallow.”
The bishop spent the next three hours teaching the two men the fundamentals of prayer according to proper evangelical standards. As soon as he finished, he sailed away on the ship.
Later that night, the bishop stood on deck gazing at the moon and its reflections upon the sea. Then he heard, “Hey, bishop. Hey, bishop.”
He looked to the right and saw the two illiterate men running alongside the ship on the water. “Bishop, can you tell us again what comes after ‘Our Father which art in heaven?'” yelled one of the men.
Those of you who are not seeing miracles, signs, wonders, breakthroughs and also not running on water as yet, stop by again.
(Continued in Part 2)