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The Gas App

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Folks in San Francisco can avoid going to a gas station to fuel their vehicles. If you have an app on your smart phone. The app, Filld, allows you to call a mobile gas station. Give them your exact location and when you would like delivery. If you are not going to be around, just open the cover on your gas cap. A pickup truck is dispatched and fills your tank. Regular or premium. Prices are comparable to gas stations, but there is a delivery charge.

While home delivery of fuel is not new, mobile gassing up is a new concept. The head of FIlld said, “Going to the gas station is just a barrier for people during the course of the day.”[1] The fire department was not so enthusiastic; driving a pickup loaded with hundreds of gallons of gas is considered unsafe.

Consider a similar app for our spiritual phones. One for prayer. For many, there seems to be a barrier to praying during the course of a day. Although the Bible advises us to go into a room and close the door (Matthew 6:6), it seems to be impossible to find that kind of quiet solitude in order to pray. I have heard “Oh my God” spoken frequently, but seldom in the context of a prayer.

Often, getting into a car and closing the door constitutes a prayer room. I’ll admit to catching myself in bad prayer while driving. While not saying “Oh my God”, I am seeking divine judgment on another driver. At times I’ve seen a driver who appears to be saying charismatic prayers, speaking in tongues not suitable for young ears. Yet each of us needs a way to communicate with God.

The Lord has given us a direct line to Him, equivalent to a prayer app. The question is, do we know how to use it? Or is misuse a more frequent occurrence? The problem arises when we place our ‘order.’ Too often we specify the ‘when’ and ‘how much.’ Of course, we always want ‘premium.’ In other words, we are telling the Lord what to do, not pleading for help.

Some instruction in such a prayer app is needed. No need to give God your exact location; His eyes are everywhere (Proverbs 15:3). Like the disciples, we need to ask the Lord to teach us how to pray (Luke 11:1). We need to admit we really don’t know what we ought to pray for, and ask the Holy Spirit to intercede for us (Romans 8:26). After all, God knows the plans He has for us, to prosper and not harm, to gives us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

The charge for using the prayer app is the same for everyone, anywhere. A broken spirit and a contrite heart (Psalm 51:17). And there is no delivery charge; it has already been covered by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 10:10). By the way, don’t leave your gas cap uncovered; lots of worldly apps will fill your tank with ungodly mixtures.