You don’t need a pilot’s license to know that without forward motion, an airplane will soon crash to the ground. One girl who wasn’t very bright sat in the cockpit of a four-seat, propeller-driven plane when the aircraft suddenly crashed. Before investigators could determine the cause of the accident, they interviewed the girl, who had miraculously survived the incident without injury. She told them, “I was getting too cold, so I turned off the big fan in front.” That will do it every time.

Few people would turn off a plane’s engine in the middle of a flight; nevertheless, some Christians attempt to do this in their spiritual lives. They coast through life without the power of the Holy Spirit providing them with thrust and lift. Then they act surprised when they take a nosedive and have an accident. The Christian life doesn’t work this way. We need a daily dose of power and strength. This is found as we spend quality time in the Word of God and in prayer. As we speak to God and allow Him to speak to us, He gives us the means to soar through each day.

Have you been flying without the aid of an engine? Perhaps you have been thinking your church attendance is sufficient to see you through the challenges of a typical work week. Maybe you feel that spending a few moments in your Bible each day is all it takes to have victory over temptation in your life. It will take more than this to keep your engine running. Add prayer to your church attendance; and you will have a remarkable, soul-stirring worship experience. Meditate upon the Bible verses you read each day, and you will find specific answers to the dilemmas you face. Your engine will run at full power. Your plane will continue moving forward.


Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder

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