by Jeff Strite

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Series: How Should I Pray?
Jeff Strite
Psalms 46:1-11

How many of you have ever heard the term: ‘‘Circuit Riders’’?

Circuit Riders were preachers back in the 1700s and 1800s who would ride from church to church and hold services. There were more churches than preachers in that day and a Circuit Rider would travel from congregation to congregation.

One Circuit Rider was out riding one afternoon and came upon a man out working in his field. Thinking to start a conversation and invite the man to church, the preacher called out: ‘‘Fine day isn’t it?’’
‘‘It’s fine for you’’, the man replied, ‘‘All you have to do is ride around on that horse thinking about God all day long, while I have to sweat here in this field and then walk home afterward. I don’t think it’s right you should have things so easy while I have to work so hard.’’
The preacher responded: ‘‘You’re right. You do work hard in the fields and I admire that, but you need to realize that the kind of work I do is a work of different kind.’’
‘‘Yeah, sure’’, the man answered. ‘‘But it’s not really work. All you do is ride around thinking about God all the time. That’s not hard.’’
‘‘Oh, but it’s harder than you think’’, the minister answered. And then a thought occurred to him: ‘‘I tell you what. Just to prove to you how difficult it can be to ‘think about God’ - if you can think about God and nothing else for 1 minute… I’ll give you my horse.’’
‘‘You can’t be serious,’’ said the farmer.
But the preacher assured him he was.
‘‘You’re on’’, said the man and immediately he sat down in silence.
Ten seconds went by… then 20 seconds… then 25 seconds.
About then, the farmer looked up at the minister, and said,
‘‘Does that include the saddle?’’

All the man had to do to get that horse was say nothing.
All he had to do was ‘‘THINK’’ about God… and nothing else for 60 SECONDS.
But he couldn’t do that.

‘‘Be still and know that I am God.’’ Psalm 46:10a

That sounds like God ...

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