by Roger Thomas

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A Case Study in Prayer (7 of 10)
Basic Prayer
Roger Thomas
Isaiah 38-40
March 18, 2001

A man was hired to paint the center line down the middle of the highway. The first day he painted three miles, the second day two miles and the third day one. The boss came to him and asked him why he painted three miles the first day and only one mile the third day.

His answer was simple: "Well, I'll tell you boss, the farther I painted, the farther away I was from the paint bucket."

The lesson is not far to find. The farther we get from our source of supply (our personal relationship with our God) the harder life becomes. The solution is to keep our source of supply at our side and never begin to think we can wander out away from him alone.

Or consider the fellow who sent the following letter to his workman's compensation insurance company:

I am writing in response to your request for additional information. In block #3 of the accident form, I put "trying to do the job alone" as the cause of my accident. You said in your letter that I should explain more fully, and I trust that the following details will be sufficient. I am a bricklayer by trade. On the date of the accident I was working alone on the roof of a new six story building. When I completed my work, I found that I had about 500 pounds of brick left over. Rather than carry the bricks down by hand, I decided to lower them in a barrel by using a pulley which fortunately was attached to the side of the building at the 6th floor.

Securing the rope at ground level, I went up to the roof, swung the barrel out, and loaded the bricks into it. Then I went back to the ground and untied the rope, holding it tightly to insure a slow descent of the 500 pounds of brick.

You will note in block #11 of the accident report that I weight 135 pounds. But to by surprise at being jerked off the ground so suddenly, I lost my presence of mind and forgot to let go of the rope. Needless to say, I proceeded at a ...

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