It seems a little guy was attending church with his family when a flash of insight concerning prayer and conflict resolution suddenly came over him. Here’s how the storyteller related the incident:
"We watched an especially verbal and boisterous child being hurried out, slung under his irate
A clergyman from New York, during a call on President Lincoln at the White House said: "I have not come to ask any favors of you, Mr. President; I have only come to say that the loyal people of the North are sustaining you and will continue to do so. We are giving you all that we have, the lives of
“Man is never so tall as when he kneels before God-never so great as when he humbles himself before God. And the man who kneels to
“The great tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered
Contributed by Rj Davis on Jul 6, 2010
During the 1980’s, more than 17,000 members of a major evangelical denomination were surveyed about their prayer habits while attending seminars on prayer for spiritual awakening. Because they attended this kind of seminar, we can assume these people are above average in their interest in prayer.
Contributed by Donnie Martin on Jul 7, 2010
One of the great paradoxes of the Christian faith is that God wants us to talk to Him about everything that is going on in our lives, even though He already knows everything. So why pray?
If you’ve ever wrestled with that question, perhaps the thoughts of the 19th-century preacher, R. A. Torrey,
Contributed by Sermon Central on Aug 3, 2010
Prayer: Form vs. Substance
There was a man who would start his day by kneeling beside his bed and spending an hour or so in prayer. But he had a cat that would disturb him and would nuzzle up against him. So to keep his cat from disturbing his prayer time, he would tie the cat to his
Contributed by Gregg Bitter on Aug 10, 2010
And I don't think that I'm alone in this struggle to pray. Even a great church leader like Martin Luther has said this about prayer, "At times I, who teach this and prescribe it to others, have learned from my own example that praying comes close to being the most difficult of all works"
Contributed by Martin Wiles on Aug 30, 2010
A small boy who was not quite three years old skipped down an imposing corridor. The armed servicemen took no notice of him as he passed their posts. He passed several staff members who paid no attention to him. The guard outside the door the little boy wanted to enter made no attempt to stop him.
Contributed by Noal Atkinson on Oct 17, 2010
A journalist was assigned to the Jerusalem bureau of his newspaper. He gets an apartment overlooking the Wailing Wall. After several weeks he realizes that whenever he looks at the wall he sees an old Jewish man praying vigorously.
The journalist wondered whether there was a
THE IN-LAWS: "ARE YOU A PRAYING MAN?"
Sheldon Kornpett was a quiet, reserved man with a successful dental practice in Manhattan, that is, until he met his future in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. Vince Ricardo. Sheldon’s daughter was soon to be married to their son, so Sheldon’s wife hosted a dinner party
Contributed by Gordon Curley on Nov 21, 2010
GOD CHANGES THINGS
It was the late Donald Barnhouse the American pastor and author who stunned his congregation by saying, "Prayer changes nothing." The church was packed full of people, yet you could have heard a pin drop. Now his comment was
Contributed by Gordon Curley on Nov 22, 2010
IS THERE GRASS ON YOUR PATH?
In one region of Africa, the first converts to Christianity were very diligent about praying. In fact, the believers each had their own special place outside the village where they went to pray in solitude. The villagers reached these "prayer rooms" by using their
Contributed by Gordon Curley on Nov 23, 2010
BELIEVING IN THE POWER OF PRAYER
When a night club opened on the main street of a small American town, the local Church held an all-night prayer meeting. One member asked God to burn it down. Within a few moments, lightning struck the club and it was burnt to the ground.
The owner sued the
Contributed by Gordon Curley on Nov 27, 2010
REPEAT AFTER ME
A pilot was flying a plane-load of passengers to their destination when suddenly the rudder malfunctioned. He radioed the control tower in panic, and shouted, "The RUDDER has malfunctioned! What shall I DO?"
The air traffic controller radioed back, "Keep calm, Captain. Just
Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Dec 4, 2010
GOD IS NOT A GENIE
She was ferocious and yet frail. When I told her that I was a Chaplain she took the opportunity to bombard me with accusations and questions. "What is the use of prayer if God is going to let those 29 miners die anyway? All those good people prayed around the clock for those
GOD ANOINTS MEN OF PRAYER
E. M. Bounds says in his classic book, The Power of Prayer:
"Men are God's method. The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men...What the Church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods,
Contributed by Shawn Rose on Feb 27, 2011
SHIRLEY GOODNEST AND MARCY
A mom was concerned about her kindergarten son walking to school and he didn't want his mother to walk with him. She wanted to know that he was safe, yet give him the feeling that he had independence.
So she had an idea how to handle it. She asked a neighbor if she
Contributed by John Putty on Mar 19, 2011
Charles Finney, Abel Clary. Second Great Awakening.
It had been said about Rev. Charles Finney that his sermons were chain lightning, flashing conviction into the hearts of the stoutest skeptics. Simple as a child in his utterances, he sometimes startled his hearers by his unique prayers." He
Contributed by Curry Pikkaart on Apr 5, 2011
HUCK FINN ON PRAYER
There’s an incident in Huckleberry Finn where Mark Twain has Huck make a very human observation. "Miss Watson took me into a closet and prayed, but nothing came of it. She told me to pray every day, and whatever I asked for, I would get. But it weren't so. I tried it. Once I