Friday, February 25, 2011

Don't Blame Us!

Over much opposition from members of the community, a man opened a large night club. One of the local churches came to the logical conclusion that the most important responsibility they had in the matter was to ask God to intervene and close the club. They called an all night prayer meeting and asked God to honor their request.

During the prayer meeting, lightning struck the club and it burned to the ground. The club owner, learning of the church's prayer meeting, became angry and sued the church. In the response to the law suit, the church denied all responsibility.

After hearing the case, the judge said, "Wherever the guilt may lie, the night club owner believes in prayer but the church, obviously, does not!"

What at first may appear to be humorous, may be an indictment on our faith and trust in the power of God. In His teaching on prayer, Jesus said to ask Him for "anything" and "everything" – two all-inclusive words that when taken literally and seriously, give us the right and responsibility to ask for anything that is within the will of God.

Could it be that we do not believe that God can and will answer our prayers? Do we really believe that God is listening and is willing and able to respond?

Prayer: Dear Jesus, You clearly and convincingly say that "everything is possible with God" if only we believe! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture: Mark 10:27 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”

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