Standing On Prayer
Author: Mike Schroeder
Posted By: Rick Billings
On: Jul 25, 2014
Perhaps you’ve heard this story before, but I was reminded of it again recently. It seems that a local bar owner was facing resistance about remodeling his bar, which had taken some time, from a local church. In fact, the local church had brought much attention to it through preaching and prayer meetings against the negative influence it would be to the church and community. Evidently just prior to the grand opening, lightening struck the bar and it burned to the ground. Through all the antagonism with the owner and the church, the bar owner decided to sue the church, claiming that the church was ultimately responsible for the demise of his building and either through direct or indirect action the church was at fault. Upon learning of the legal claim made against the church, the church quickly and vehemently denied any claim or responsibility or any connection to the buildings loss. The case some how made it before a judge who commented “I don’t know how I’m going to proceed regarding this claim. It appears to me from the filing that we have a bar owner who believes in the power of prayer and an entire church that now does not.”
It’s a funny story that I doubt is true, but it does challenge our conviction about prayer and standing up for what we believe about it. Prayer is not just a pastime, but a powerful force that changes things. James reminds us “to ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” Keep standing on the power of prayer!