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A few comments on prayer on the gridiron. What can we learn?

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[Steve Myers] Question came in, "What do you think of Tim Tebow's behavior on the field?" This raises an important question, I think people are familiar with "Tebowing" where you get down on your knee and put your hand on your head or at your side and you have a quick little prayer. And so, that has become a big issue not only in the football world but also all around the country.

[Darris McNeely] Well regarding Mr. Tebow's behavior, certainly he's very good football player on the field - and every time he scores a touchdown or his team scores a touchdown - Mr. Tebow is down in his famous pose that has almost become iconic now this year in the NFL. So, he is a good football player, he has melded now prayer with the success on the field.

[Steve Myers] So what do you think of that? Is this appropriate or not. It is kind of interesting after the Broncos beat the Pittsburg Steelers, you might show the next picture. Here's the Pittsburg Mayor - he had a little wager with the Denver Mayor and he lost - so he had to put on the Tebow jersey and get down and "tebow" himself. But I think the interesting thing is if you compare what that behavior is compared to what Christ talked about. It's interesting because - yes - Christ was instant in prayer. He prayed before he feed the five thousand - He thanked God. Before he raised Lazarus he said a short little prayer. So there is short prayer in the Bible. So there's nothing wrong about that.

[Darris McNeely ] The Apostle Paul talks about being instant in prayer.

[Steve Myers] Yes, immediate in prayer. And so when you look at those things - boy there is nothing wrong with that. But Christ did do something I think is significant that we need to take note of. In Matthew 6:6 Matthew 6:6But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret; and your Father which sees in secret shall reward you openly.
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here's what Christ Himself said, "...when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door pray, to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly." And so here Christ is clearly saying there is a time to be alone - in fact not just a moment of prayer, not just a second...

[Darris McNeely] But extended periods.

[Steve Myers] But extended periods. He was very clear. In fact, right after this section he goes into the Model Prayer or many know it as the Lord's Prayer. And if you were just to recite verses 9 through 14 you can't do that in just a moment down on your knee that’s going to take a little bit of time to go through especially in its deeper meaning (Matthew 6:9-13 Matthew 6:9-13 [9] After this manner therefore pray you: Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be your name. [10] Your kingdom come, Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. [11] Give us this day our daily bread. [12] And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. [13] And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For your is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
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). So Christ's behavior was pretty clear. When He was with the disciples He often sent them away and He went up to the mountain. There's lots of examples of that.

[Darris McNeely] Prayer is a very important spiritual discipline and in our modern culture where prayer has been banned from so many public arenas it is refreshing to see a public figure such as Tim Tebow kneeling in prayer. But its also a very important that prayer or any other point of spirituality not be trivialized and taken for granted - or becoming part of , in the sense, the popular modern even sports culture. I did notice that Mr. Tebow doesn't pray with the other team scores.

[Steve Myers} Something to think about...?

[Darris McNeely] Something to think about, but that's not the nature of sports and professional football. So an interesting phenomenon, interesting situation taking place certainly points to the importance of thanking God for all aspects of life.

[Steve Myers] As we are developing a relationship with God just like we have relationships with our friends and our family it's not just an instant thing, its not just a "Hi. How are you?" but it's an in depth thing. That’s what God really wants - He wants an in depth relationship with us where we really spend time with him in prayer. So we can listen to God by reading His Word but we also need to talk to God and have that relationship and develop that relationship with Him.

[Darris McNeely] While it’s a good thing that Tim Tebow thanks God for his success on the field. Lets all take a lesson that prayer - contact with God for a much deeper relationship for the really serious matters of life. And if we learn that lesson from all of this then we will be in good company.

[Steve McNeely] That's BT Daily, we'll see you next time.