11th March 2012

What’s On Your Mind?

“Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.”
Romans 12:12 (HCSB) 

In 1951 comedian Red Skelton and a group of friends flew to Europe where Skelton was scheduled to perform. As they were flying over the Swiss Alps, three of the areoplane’s engines failed. The situation looked grave, and the passengers began to pray.

As the plane lost altitude and drew closer and closer to the ominous peaks, Skelton went into one of his classic comic routines to distract the nervous passengers.  At the last moment, the pilot spotted a field among the precipitous slopes and made a perfect landing. Skelton broke the relieved silence by saying, “Now ladies and gentlemen, you may return to all the evil habits you gave up twenty minutes ago.”

Skelton knew—as we all do—that most people turn to prayer only when some dire emergency comes along that they see no way out of except through divine intervention.

When life’s going along relatively well we don’t seem to have much time for God.  Praying and “getting right with God” are the last things on our minds.  But it’s our loss if we regard prayer merely as a sort of spiritual fire extinguisher labelled, “For Emergency Use Only.” Prayer is also for the good times. It’s our link with God.

Regular contact with God can provide you with the strength and inspiration you need to make it in a world of stress and pressures and difficult choices.

So talk to God. Confide your deepest needs. Tell him what’s on your mind. You’ll reap dividends you never imagined.


Holy Father, what a matchless privilege you give us to have contact with you through prayer in bad times and in good. It’s not that you don’t already know what is on our minds, it’s more that you want the contact, the first hand dialogue between us. Thank you, in Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by Joseph Tkach

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