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Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life

Devotional for March 21

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Modern technology is wonderful but sometimes frustrating. Repeated attempts to log on yesterday were met with warnings that my computer had done something illegal. I kept thinking that someone was going to burst through the door at any minute and arrest my computer. I finally decided that Thursday morning was just not going to happen for me and the internet.

We have several landline connections for phones in our house. There are four phones serving our home right now and each one is a marvel of technology. With caller id, call back features, redial, stored phone books, ad nauseum, they provide us with phones that can secure the party we're calling in an instant. That is, unless there's a glitch in the phone at that particular moment.

With Father's Day coming up I am reminded of the times I had tried to call my Dad and was told that my call could not be completed because all circuits were busy. Other times that I have placed calls I have heard, "Your call could not be completed as dialed. Please hang up and try again." Recently, since moving to Georgetown, I have heard, "It is not necessary to place a one or the area code in front of the number you are dialing. Please hang up and try again."

Frustrating. Times like these I remember the words to an old Gary S. Paxton song called "Soul Control." "When Satan and his demonic angels hit you with a heavy attack; just get on the prayer phone to Jesus. Satan will be driven back. You gotta call soul control, soul control. Tell the man about it at soul control." Prayer never gets a busy signal, never gets a hang up, never has a glitch.

Odd thing, though. The average person spends more time a day on the phone talking to other people about inconsequential matters than in prayer to God discussing things that bear on eternity. With all the marvelous things that Jesus was able to do the one thing that stood out to His disciples was His prayer life. "Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples." Luke 11:1 Prayer, constant contact with the Father, is what separates the righteous from the average Christian.

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