Don't Forget Your Chute
Ivan McQuire was a professional aerial photographer with more than 800 jumps. The death of this seasoned pro was not the result of defective equipment, bad weather, or even miscalculation on where to jump. It's hard to believe, but Ivan was so consumed with getting everything else just right that he neglected the most basic requirement for sky-diving. He forgot to put on his parachute! If it wasn’t so sad it could seem funny. But it was a heartbreaking tragedy that could have been prevented.
Sometimes we forget one of the most basic requirements for spiritual growth - prayer. We believe in its unlimited power and know that it’s available instantly. Yet many believers pretty much ignore this vital aspect of the Christian life. Is it lack of discipline or spiritual warfare? Probably some of both. It's been said that our prayer life is a measure of the rest of our Christian character. Consider the following quote by an unknown author.
The prayer life of the Christian is the true gauge of all the rest of their life. No one's outer life of activity ever arises above one's inner life of prayer. As you pray, so are you. You never become a better Christian than you are in your prayer life.
No matter how zealous, how busy, how benevolent, how good a name you may have as a Christian worker, teacher, preacher, you are no better than when you are alone with God in prayer. What you are and do in secret will appear openly. If you are weak, lacking, or powerless there, you will be weak and lacking in spiritual power at every other point in your Christian character and activities.
Everything you become and what you accomplish for the glory of God and His Kingdom depends upon prayer as it depends on nothing else in this world. Even though these thoughts come from an unknown source, they’re a great challenge for me and you to develop a deeper, stronger prayer life. If we take it seriously, prayer has the potential to revolutionize our life and influence for Jesus.
So…don't forget your parachute!