Live Loved

Let’s Talk to Jesus

What do you do when you run out of gas? You don’t exhaust your petroleum perhaps, but all of us run out of something. You need kindness, but the gauge is on empty. You need hope, but the needle is in the red. You want five gallons of solutions but can only muster a few drops. When you run out of steam before you run out of day, what do you do? Stare at the gauge? Blame your upbringing? Deny the problem?

No. Pity won’t start the car. Complaints don’t fuel an engine. Denial doesn’t bump the needle. In the case of an empty tank, we’ve learned: get the car to a gas pump ASAP.

My first thought when I run out of fuel is, How can I get this car to a gas pump? Your first thought when you have a problem should be, How can I get this problem to Jesus?

Let’s get practical. You and your spouse are about to battle it out again. The thunderstorm looms on the horizon. The temperature is dropping, and lightning bolts are flashing. Both of you need patience, but both tanks are empty. What if one of you calls, “Time-out”? What if one of you says, “Let’s talk to Jesus before we talk to each other. In fact, let’s talk to Jesus until we can talk to each other”? Couldn’t hurt. After all, he broke down the walls of Jericho. Perhaps he could do the same for yours.


Lord, you are the answer to our questions and the solution to our problems. We don’t have the wisdom to work through the storms of life, but you do. In your presence we find help and hope and healing, amen.

Thus says the LORD, the God of David. . . . : “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears.”

[ISAIAH 38:5]

I love the LORD, because He has heard my voice and my supplications.

[PSALM 116:1]

They cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses.

[PSALM 107:19]

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