by Jeff Strite

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Bad Reception - Unanswered Prayers - Part 2 (4 of 4)
Series: Cell Calls To God
Jeff Strite
Psalm 28:1-9

OPEN: Charlie Brown. Lucy. Schroeder. Snoopy.
Where do we know those characters from?
(The cartoon series: Peanuts)
And who was the artist who created "Peanuts"?
(Charles Shultz)
Charles Shultz was something of a theologian. He tried to communicate his view of God through his cartoons. And he gained much of his inspiration from those around him… especially his family.
One day, his younger daughter Jill explained to him her theory of how prayer worked:
"If you fold your hands upside down, you get the opposite of what you pray for."

APPLY: Children often pick up their theology about God from us.
It's only natural that this little girl would think that there was a formula behind how prayer worked, because there are people who think that there is a formula for powerful prayer that has to do with:
How they speak (mostly "Thees" and "Thous" in KJV language)
How they hold their hands
Or how they stand

ILLUS: How many of you have cell phones?
I've had mine now for about 3 years and I have found it very useful. But every once in a while I find it's difficult to get good reception. I'll find that I need to move to another part of a building, or turn my head just so in order to avoid breaking up and loosing a connection.
When Larry (one of my friends in our quartet) calls me from Grissom Air force base, he'll often encounter bad reception and have to move just a little to clear up our connection. When that happens I tell him that what he ought to do is stand on one foot while tipping his head to the side and flapping his free arm wildly to one side. (acted it out)
I tell him it works for me!

Throughout the Bible we're told of different way that people "held" themselves while praying.
• Some kneeled
• Some lifted their hands in praise
• Some sat with their heads between their knees
• And some lay prostrate on the ground.
And I've tried ...

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