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Does God Answer Every Prayer? (6 of 8)
Learning To Pray: 101
Matthew 7:7-11, 1 John 5: 14-15
Message Truth: All of us at one time or another have struggled with not receiving something we've prayed for. A denied request is one of the most baffling things a Christian has to deal with. Sometimes we do not get the desires of our hearts for reasons known only to God.
(Read Matt. 7:7-11 NIV)
(Read 1 Jn. 5:14-15 NIV)
Introduction: (Illustration) Not long after Dallas Seminary was founded in 1924, bankruptcy knocked at its doors. By noon o one particular day, every creditor threatened foreclosure. That morning, the founders of the Seminary met to pray in president Lewis Sperry Chafer's office. They asked God to provide the needed funds. Harry Ironside was part of that prayer meeting. When it was his turn to pray he prayed in his characteristically pointed manner; "Lord, we know that the cattle on a thousand hills are thine. Please sell some of them and send us the money."
Meanwhile as these men were praying, into the seminary's business office came a tall Texan. Addressing a secretary, he said, "I just sold two carloads of cattle in Fort Worth. I've been trying to make a business deal go through and it won't work, and I feel that God is compelling me give this money to the seminary. I don't know if you need it or not, but here's the check."
Well aware of the situation and knowing that it was for that purpose the founders were gather in prayer, the secretary took the check to the door of the president's office and timidly knocked. When she finally go t a response, Chafer took the check out of her hand and stared at it with amazement. The amount matched the exact size of the debt. Looking at the signature on the check, he recognized the name of the cattle rancher. Turning to Harry Ironside, he said, "Harry, God sold the cattle!"
Maybe you can really rejoice when you hear a story like that (or a testimony like Henry and Suzzane's) ...
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