by Roger Thomas

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Basic Prayer
Roger Thomas
1 Timothy 2:3-8
January 21, 2001

Gallagher, the wacky comedian with Sledg-o-matic that he uses to squish all sorts of fruits and vegetables on stage, likes to point out that we humans are a strange lot. He ought to know! Consider his list of human oddities:

Why is it called a hamburger when it's made out of beef? Why do you put suits in garment bags and put garments in suitcases? Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle? Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat foot?

Why do they lock gas station bathrooms—are they afraid someone is going to sneak in there and clean them?

You tell a man there is 400 million stars and he'll believe you, but tell him a bench has wet paint and he has to touch it? Why?

If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes? Why are there five syllables in the word monosyllabic? When two airplanes almost collide, why do they call it a near miss—it sound like a near hit to me?

Why do banks charge you a non-sufficient funds fee on money they know you don't have? Why do you drive in a parkway and park in a driveway? Why are they called apartments when they're stuck together? Why are they called buildings when they are already finished? Shouldn't we call them builts? If the black box flight recorder is never damaged during a plane crash, why isn't the whole plan made out of the stuff?

Why? That is probably the most asked and least answered question in the English language!

I would add one more oddity to Gallagher's list. Perhaps the strangest of all is why we do not pray more fervently than we do? It is not just us. It is something about human nature. Consider Jesus' disciples. After three years at Jesus' side, why did his disciples find it difficult to watch and pray with Him? Why is too often prayer our last resort and not our first impulse?

This is the issue that I am speaking to in our Sunday Evening School of ...

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