Green Aeroplane

Which wing is most important?

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Talking to our Captain

We have begun to master our flight manual, the Bible, and we are back in the cockpit of our green aeroplane with our Captain. While we have been reading and studying His book He has been checking the controls and the fuel, setting the GPS, and checking other instruments that will maintain us in flight. We need power, fuel, and daily maintainence to keep us in the air. But our Captain does it all. When we ride with Him He supplies everything we need. Our part is to stay close to Him, keep our nose in His book, the flight manual, and talk to Him about everything and do what He says.

We have just read that He says, "Ask and it will be given you; seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you" (Mathew 7:7).

He looks at us with a smile and say, "Is there anything you want to ask me before we take off?"

Nervously we look up from the flight manual, there are so many things we don't understsand, but one thing we have learned is just how great He is. Our Captain has so many names that tell us of His power and majesty that we don't know how to speak to Him. How do you talk to someone so great?

"Lord, I don't know what to ask or how to speak to you," we squeeze out, looking down at he pages of the manual for inspiration.

Again He smiles kindly and says, "Just call me Father. Now that you are a child in my family you have a new and loving heavenly Father and you can speak to me at any time and in any place about anything great or small. In the pages of the manual you will see where I have written a model prayer for you to use (Mathew 6:9-10). It will help you learn aspects of talking to me that will give confidence and answers to your needs and the needs of others. As you grow up spiritually in my family you will be able to have deeper discussions with me. But in the meantime use prayers & Psalms already written down in the Bible. I love to hear them. They contain what I want to do on the earth and how I want to help, change and comfort my children."

We decide to try it. We search for Mathew 6:9-13, and find it. It is the first book in the New Testament of the Bible. We read it out to our Captain who listens intently as the engine of the plane warms up.

We read out timidly, 'Our Father in heaven hallowed (holy) be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts (sins) as we also have forgiven our debtors (those who sin against us). And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one."

We look up hopefully and see a look of approval on our Captain's face, "I shall work on those requests immediately ," He says. "Any time you pray my will you can be sure the answer is on the way."

We beam and then we look anxiously out the window at our prayer wing. It now looks robust and capable of flight. We check the word wing; it too is strong and stable.

"Yes!" says our Captain. "It's time to fly. You keep the wings strong and I will do the rest. We will talk more as we fly."

Our green aeroplane taxis out onto the runway, lines up and surges forward as our Captain releases the brakes and pulls the throttle out. As our plane lifts into the air we feel a surge of excitement and joy. We are flying with our heavenly Father and there is more to come.

Quotes from the New International version of the Bible Zondervan 2002

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