DID GOD REALLY CAUSE THE FIRE?
Shortly after a new nightclub was opened near a church, the members decided to call an all-night prayer meeting. While they were praying, a powerful thunderstorm engulfed the city, and lightning struck the club and burned it to the ground.
The owner of the club became angry and decided to sue the church. At the hearing, however, the church denied any responsibility for the destruction of the club.
Confused, the judge exclaimed, “I’m not sure where the guilt may lie. On one hand, the nightclub owner believes in prayer, but – strangely – the members of the church don’t.”
On one occasion when Jesus was teaching His followers and disciples about eternal life, someone asked, “But who can be saved?” He replied, “Humanly speaking, it is something man cannot do. But with God, all things are possible.”
Prayer is asking and receiving. It is not hoping or wishing or wondering. It is receiving God’s blessings – whatever they may be. Yet, it is not unusual for Christians to pray, and then be amazed, even surprised, when God answers a prayer that exceeds their faith. How interesting.
Perhaps that’s why Jesus made that statement when talking about salvation. Consider this: if God can redeem us from our sinful nature, make us “new creations” and grant us eternal life, can He not do anything else we ask in His name and for His glory?
Prayer: Help us, Father, to have a faith that exceeds our doubts, is stronger than the attacks of Satan, and stronger than any temptation that could ever defeat us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” Mark 10:27