With Christ in the School of Prayer
There was a Texas Farmer who built an Olympic size swimming pool for his daughter. He gave her a party and invited some of her male friends. He thought he would have some fun so he put an alligator in the pool. He offered one of three gifts to the young man who would jump in and swim the length of the pool. He said, "If you swim the length of the pool I will give you one million dollars, or one thousand acres of Texas soil, or the hand of my lovely daughter in marriage." No sooner had he said this until a young man hit the water. He swam as hard as he could and made it to the other side.
The farmer said, "Son, you must want a million dollars." He said, "No sir, that is not what I want." "Then you must want one thousand acres of Texas land." "No sir that is not what I want." "Then you must want the hand of my lovely daughter in marriage." He said, "No sir, that is not what I want." "Then son, what is it you want?" He said, "I want that rascals name who pushed me into that pool!"
Well I've been pushed into this pool so I'll have to make the best of it.
In 1898 two members of the presbytery in New York attended a conference for the deepening of the spiritual life. They returned to their work with a new enthusiasm. They called a meeting of the entire presbytery. The chairman asked the brethren a serious question. "Brethren let us make confession before God and each other. It will do us good. Will everyone who spends one half hour each day with God in connection with his ministry please raise his hand. One hand went up. He made a further request. All who spend fifteen minutes each day in prayer hold up one hand. Less than half of the hands went up. Prayer is the working power of God's church and hardly half of the workers are making any use of it. All who are spending five minutes in prayer each day hold up one hand. All the hands went up. However, one man came later with ...
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