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The Answers to Prayer (3 of 6)
Series: Understanding and Practicing Prayer
1. Psalm 143:1, "Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness."
2. Psalm 4:3, "But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him."
3. Psalm 34:15, "The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry."
4. Tonight I want to bring you the third in our six-part series on prayer: "Understanding and Practicing prayer." Last week we talked about the "Repetition of Prayer, the week before, "The Place of Prayer," and tonight, "The Answers to Prayer."
ILLUS: Shortly after Dallas Theological Seminary was founded in 1924, it was approaching bankruptcy. All the creditors were going to foreclose at noon on a particular day. That morning they met in the president's office with Dr. Chafer for prayer that God would provide. In that prayer meeting was a man by the name of Harry Ironside. When it was his turn to pray, he prayed in his characteristic manner: "Lord, we know that the cattle on a thousand hills are Thine. Please sell some of them and send us the money."
While they were praying, a tall Texan with boots on and an open collar stepped up to the business office and said, "I just sold two carloads of cattle in Ft. Worth. I've been trying to make a business deal but it fell through, and I feel compelled to give the money to the seminary. I don't know if you need it or not, but here's the check!" A little secretary took the check and, knowing how critical things were financially, went to the door of the prayer meeting and timidly tapped. When she finally got a response, Dr. Chafer took the check out of her hand. It was exactly the amount of the debt! When he looked at the name, he recognized the cattleman in Ft. Worth, and turning to Dr. Ironside said, "Harry, God sold the cattle!" (--James S. He ...
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