by Robert Walker

Prayer Helps Us to Hold on!
Robert Walker
James 1

On a commuter flight from Portland, ME., to Boston, Henry Dempsey, the pilot, heard an unusual noise near the rear of his small aircraft.

He turned the controls over to his co-pilot and went back to check it out.

As he reached the tail section, the plane hit an air pocket, and Dempsey was tossed against the rear door.

He quickly discovered the source of the mysterious noise.
The rear door had not been properly latched prior to take-off, and it flew open.

Dempsey was instantly sucked out of the jet.

The co-pilot, seeing the red light that indicated an open door, radioed the nearest airport, requesting permission to make an emergency landing.

He reported that the pilot had fallen out of the plane and he requested a helicopter search of that area of the ocean.
After the plane landed, they found Henry Dempsey--holding onto the outdoor ladder of the aircraft.

Somehow he had caught the ladder and held on for ten minutes as the plane flew 200 mph at an altitude of 4,000 feet.

Then, at landing, he had kept his head from hitting the runway, which was a mere twelve inches away. It took airport personnel several minutes to pry Dempsey's fingers from the ladder.

Things in life may be turbulent, and you may not feel like holding on. But have you considered the alternative? Prayer is God's way of helping us to hold on.

James Montgomery says, "Prayer is the soul sincere desire utter or unexpressed it is the motion of a hidden fire trembling within breast. Prayer is the burden of a sign, the falling of a tear. Prayer is the upward glancing of they eye when none but God is near. Prayer is the simplest form of speech that infants lips can give and prayer comes at a time when all around seems hopeless. Prayer comes to us when nothing seems to surface.

Now prayer is not a new thing. Men have always prayed. People h ...

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