My husband and I have been watching old television shows lately and one that we are watching currently is the show Taxi. In my opinion, Louie DePalma is the best actor in that show. Louie is the bombastic, bully whose greatest pleasure is demoralizing all of the cabbies that are under his charge.
On the show the other night Louie was suffering from some stomach pain and he had to go to the hospital and have surgery. All of the gang came to see him and wish him well, which I found interesting considering the way he treats them. When they left, he asked Alex to stick around for a minute. When they were alone, Louie asked Alex to tell him about God. After Alex fumbled with his beliefs a little bit, Louie asked Alex if he would listen while Louie prayed.
Louie prayed to “God” because he was scared that when he went under the knife he would die. We’ve all heard the saying, “There are no atheists in foxholes.” I think it’s possible that there are no atheists laying on gurneys going into surgery, either. Even the Louie DePalmas of the world pray before facing surgery.
I wonder who “Louie” is praying to and what he expects from his prayers. The thing is, Jesus told his disciples, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatsoever you will, and it shall be done unto you.” (John15:7) Jesus isn’t demanding a lot here, “abide in me”, “let my words abide in you.”
It seems to me that more people believe in prayer than don’t and most people would not say that Jesus is a liar. Therefore, I believe, if Louie only knew the God that he was praying to, he would know that Jesus is the God who wants him to hang out with Him, read the Bible, and get to know Him, and then WHATSOEVER Louie asked for, it would be done unto him.
It’s a small ask, and a huge offer!
Praying is something that many people only feel comfortable doing when their life is on the line, or they want something really, really bad, but, if they would just make the choice to do what Jesus asks, they would become more comfortable and, I believe, find it a joy to sit and chat with the Holy Lord God who wants to give us everything that we want, and much, much more.
As it says, Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)
Here’s an idea for starters: For many years I said prayers that were written out for me by the Catholic Church. I was really uncomfortable just speaking from my heart to God. The way I started praying from my heart was very simple. I asked God to reveal truth to me, whatever it is. And as promised, it was done unto me.