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Lord Please!

Lord, please! is a personal testimony of how the Lord Jesus Christ made a way where there was no way. It speaks about simple, authentic prayer in time of need. It reminds that Jesus knows what we need before we even ask Him. And also that He seeks for us to declare our dependence on Him.

It's not a big bike. Well, actually, it's not really a 'bike' at all. It's a scooter. I got it for my daughter who never got to get a license for it, so now I'm using it. I'm a big man so I'm probably slightly larger than the ideal size for it, but it makes for economic transport to and fro. The thing is no slouch either, easily getting up to the 100 or 110 mark, if and when I need to go on the highway.

This was the case the other day travelling on the Sunshine Motorway. I'd barely got to cruising speed when a utility vehicle pulled up next to me with the driver desperately trying to motion something of great importance to him. At first I thought he was objecting to my driving and so I ignored him as I hadn't done anything untoward. But he kept at it and eventually I understood clearly the desperation vested in the man's message: "I saw keys fall from your bike, way, way back!" was all I needed to hear to know I was in big trouble. Checking my safari pocket I saw it was wide open, and my bike keys that was supposed to be in it, .... missing!

My heart fell. I had no thoughts at first. The scooter - albeit a 2008 model - has one of those smart card 'remote control' key types which doesn't need anything to go into the ignition. You simply push the button on the remote when approaching the scooter and it deactivates the security system thus allowing you to press the ignition button for a comfortable start.

But now the 'key' - the remote control - was gone, ... lying somewhere "way, way back" on the highway.

My first thoughts were to head straight home to try and work on the problem from there. But then something said, 'No, why don't I just have a look?'. So I found the first off-ramp and turned back onto the same highway heading in the opposite direction, now driving in the far right hand lane peeping onto the opposite highway in the hope of spotting my keys. Miles go by, ... nothing. Then, there it is! I saw what looked like my keys in a neat bundle right next to the white dividing line in the middle of the road. I could only hope. What if someone in a car - let alone a truck or a bus - was to drive over it?! That would be the end of it and I would have no way of starting my bike again without major expense - that remote control set was the only one I had.

The scooter has one of those smart card 'remote control' key types which doesn't need anything to go into the ignition. Control panel

I must have prayed although I don't recall it. Then, having turned around some distance down the road, I found myself on the original highway heading to where I thought my keys were. But how do I get it? I had two real issues to contend with. First, it was a Saturday morning, so the rush and the volume of traffic was probably at peak level. Second, how was I going to park my bike and retrieve it? The margin line on the shoulder of the road was very narrow indeed. But even more troubling than that, I simply could not afford to kick out the side stand because the safety mechanism on the bike would cause the engine to cut out - something I could ill afford, because, who was to say that my remote would work even if I got it back?

Somehow I got the bike standing on it's centre stand without the engine cutting out. Now on the side of the road I make my way to the point alongside the road where my keys are lying. All I need is a bit of a break in traffic so I can dash to the center of the road, grab my keys and get back to safety. Two to four seconds is all I need. But it doesn't come. Sweesh, sweesh, swoosh, as the cars zip past me - all of them seemingly in great hurry. Then there it is - a gap! But as I'm about to launch myself into the road something says 'Don't'. So, I stop straight away and take a step back. Just one more salvo of bullets to pass me and then the coast is clear, ... one, two, three, swoosh, sweesh, sweesh, ... I'm going to make it!

Noooo!!! The very last car - I remember it so vividly - a yellow Nissan sports motor, switches on it's indicator, hits the accellerator and changes lanes, right at the exact spot where my keys are lying.

The result is disasterous. Small bits of plastic, electronic circuit boards and batteries go flying everywhere! It's all over the place and I scramble to pick up not one item but four or five different ones scattered accross the road. It is done! .... there is no way! ... I throw my hands up in the air in despair, utter an expletive, repent of that same expletive, ask forgiveness for it and then utter just two simple words in total desperation, "Lord, please!".

I got home alright. The Stainless steel key ring is totally warped, a metal key is bent and the remote control casing has a few scratches on it. But what I have today is an in tact scooter remote control and smart card system - fully functional. No problem!

Warped key ring The Stainless steel key ring is totally warped, a metal key is bent and the remote control casing has a few scratches on it, but what I have today is an in tact scooter remote control and smart card system - fully functional.

When we pray, the things that are so vital to it are not the time of the day in which we pray or the correct words to pray. Or even to lay out all your needs before God. These things are all very important.

But the key - THE KEY - is simply to be praying in faith and praying with a sense of authenticity - a realness with God, and a total realiance on His sovereign goodness! Lord, help me, please! And the Lord will answer[1] .

Lord, please! is a personal testimony of how the Lord Jesus Christ made a way where there was no way. It speaks about simple, authentic prayer in time of need. It reminds that Jesus knows what we need before we even ask Him. And also that He seeks for us to declare our dependence on Him.

Footnotes:

[1] 13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.  14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.  16 Confess yourtrespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. [back]

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