June 7 – Thoughts About God For My Grandkids

June 7

 

Bible Reading: John 16:16-33

 

Topic Summary:

 

There are important lessons we need to learn if we are going to be effective in prayer.  One of them is to ask for those things that are in keeping with the character of Jesus.  When we pray in “His name”, in keeping with Who He is and what He is doing, then our prayers catch the ear of the Father.

 

Thoughts about God for My Grandkids:

 

Passwords…how many do you have?  There are passwords for phones, and computers, and websites, and televisions, and home security systems, and…they just keep adding up.  But do you know that passwords are nothing new.  They have been around for a long time?  There were passwords for secret organizations, and passwords to get through the city gate, and military passwords, and passwords for deciphering coded messages.  Passwords have a long history.

Some years ago, there was a movie titled, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  It was a comedy about King Arthur and his brave Knights.  The only thing was that they weren’t so brave and they weren’t very good Knights.  They didn’t even have horses.  So, everywhere that they went they had a guy with them who would clap coconut shells together to make it sound like horses’ hooves on a rock road.  At one point, they came to a wide gorge and the only way across was called the “Bridge of Death”.  A Bridgekeeper determined who was allowed to cross by asking each person three questions.  If you got the questions right you could cross.  But, if you didn’t get them right you were pushed into the gorge by an invisible force.  Here is what happened when King Arthur and his Knights arrived at the Bridge.

Bridgekeeper: (He is a very stern and harsh looking man.) STOP!  Who would cross the Bridge of Death must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see.

Sir Lancelot: Ask me the questions, Bridgekeeper.  I am not afraid.

Bridgekeeper: What… is your name?

Sir Lancelot: My name is Sir Lancelot of Camelot.

Bridgekeeper: What… is your quest?

Sir Lancelot: To seek the Holy Grail.

Bridgekeeper: What… is your favorite color?

Sir Lancelot: Blue.

Bridgekeeper: (Now he has a friendly look on his face.) Right.  Off you go.

Sir Lancelot: Oh, thank you.  Thank you very much.  (Lancelot crosses the Bridge.)

Sir Robin: That’s easy!  (He approaches the Bridge. The others follow him.)

Bridgekeeper: STOP!  Whoever approacheth the Bridge of Death must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see.

Sir Robin: Ask me the questions, Bridgekeeper.  I’m not afraid.

Bridgekeeper: What… is your name?

Sir Robin: Sir Robin of Camelot.

Bridgekeeper: What… is your quest?

Sir Robin: To seek the Holy Grail.

Bridgekeeper: What… is the capital of Assyria?

Sir Robin: I don’t know that! (He is suddenly thrown into the gorge.) AAAAAHHHH!

(King Arthur and the other Knights realize that this will not be as easy as they thought.  Galahad then approaches the Bridge.)

Bridgekeeper: STOP!  What… is your name?

Sir Galahad: Sir Galahad of Camelot.

Bridgekeeper: What… is your quest?

Sir Galahad: I seek the Grail.

Bridgekeeper: What… is your favorite color?

Sir Galahad: Blue.  No, yellOOOOOOOW!! (He is thrown into the gorge.)

Bridgekeeper: Hee, hee, hee.  STOP!  What… is your name?

King Arthur: It is Arthur, King of the Britons.

Bridgekeeper: What… is your quest?

King Arthur: To seek the Holy Grail.

Bridgekeeper: What… is the average air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

King Arthur: What do you mean?  An African or European swallow?

Bridgekeeper: Huh?  I don’t know that! (The Bridgekeeper is thrown into the gorge.) EEEEEEAAAARRGH!!!

Sir Bedevere: (Speaking to Arthur.) How do you know so much about swallows?

King Arthur: Well, you have to know these things when you’re a king, you know.

Now, that’s just funny stuff…even if you didn’t see the movie.  The point is, in order to cross the bridge you had to know the right words, the password.

 

Jesus told the disciples that in order to have their prayers answered…they had to know the password.  What was the password?  His name.  He told them that they have to ask in His name.  What does that mean?  It means that when we pray…we ask for things that are in keeping with His character, His purpose, His mission.  When we ask in that way…the Father will answer.  Then, Jesus tells us something else about prayer.  The Father answers our prayers…not just because He loves Jesus…but because He loves us (:27).  He loves us because we love Jesus.  Kind of comes full circle, doesn’t it?  When we love Jesus we will pray for things that are in keeping with His character.  And, because we love Jesus, the Father loves us…and answers our prayers.

So, when you pray, you might ask yourself, “Is this in keeping with what the Bible says about Jesus?  Is this in keeping with His character?  Is this something that Jesus would pray?  Is this something that Jesus would ask for?”  Because we love Jesus…we should always want our prayers to glorify Him and to be in keeping with His will.  Now, start praying (and don’t stop).  And always remember the password…”in the name of Jesus”.

 

Love you more than bunches and bunches,

Granddad

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