Brenda heard a voice protest someone in the fast food restaurant where she was a new employee, “But I didn’t order this!” Oh, no. Not again! She turned her attention to her current customer in a long line ahead.

“Thanks for coming to us for breakfast!” chirped teen Brenda.“You know you could have placed your order on that kiosk instead of standing in line! It’s so easy!” Her customer leaned on her cane to see the menu.

“I just can’t handle the techno skills!” the woman responded. “I would rather talk with someone in person–and you’re pretty and cheerful!”

“Why, thanks!” Brenda smiled. “I’ll have your breakfast right up. When the line is gone, I’ll be glad to show you how to use the order kiosk.”

“No thanks. I need a real person at the end of my conversation.”

“Okay. Your order is coming right up! And the coffee is fresh. I just made it a few minutes ago.”

“See, I wouldn’t have known that from the machine!”

Brenda handled the orders for the line of hungry people who insisted on a conversation instead of punching buttons on the kiosk. How old fashioned!   

But senior Pete had been a brave one, though. He ordered his breakfast from the kiosk and waited for a staff member to bring it to his table.

When he saw the meal, coffee instead of juice and no breakfast sandwich, he stood and looked around at the crowd hoping to catch someone’s eye. “Does anyone want a potato patty? I didn’t order this! That machine did!”

Brenda murmured to a co-worker. “A million bucks to remodel this place. I can see we still have some screw-ups, but at least it’s not me or you.”

Do requests petitioned to God through prayer turn out to be something we didn’t order or want? Jesus himself answers, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened. Which of you fathers, if you son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” [Luke 11:9-13] From his and other teachings we know about persistence in prayer, but we also need to be specific.

And the Holy Spirit, guiding and helping us, infusing us with Christ’s wisdom and strength to which can replace our doubts and weakness, is the kind of free bonus that benefits all of us.

Prayer doesn’t take techno skills at a kiosk. You find a loving God who cares enough to fill each of your orders and needs personally one-on-one. No extra potato patties included!

[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and her recent Give Us This Day Our Daily Grin – A Fun-Lovers Guide to Spiritual Living and Growing now in print and e-book on Amazon Kindle and other e-formats Smashwords. She is author of several other books, including new release Bring on the Blessings of Baskets ~ Easy, Fast, Personalized and Outreach Ministry Gifts. Amazon . Jo lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular humorous weekly blog on her website,]




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