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My old friend Tom Keller was on sentry duty during his time in the military and he fell asleep, standing on his feet. Something awakened him and as he opened his eyes, he saw spit-shined boots directly opposite his own. He wanted to curse, but instead, he said, “In Jesus’ name, Amen!” and looked up to face his superior officer. The superior officer, who didn’t like Tom, did curse. He was ready to bust Tom down to lower rank. But while it was a felony (in wartime, a capital offense) to fall asleep on sentry duty, it was no crime to pray. So, Tom’s pretend prayer kept him from getting busted down for sleeping. WE, on the other hand, need more than a pretend prayer. Paul wants us to put on Jesus. WE are to depend on, rely on, and focus on Jesus.

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