by Roger Thomas

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All God's People Say--Amen (8 of 10)
The Lord's Prayer
Roger Thomas
2 Corinthians 1:18-22
October 21, 2001

No doubt you have heard the old story of the circuit riding preaching who sold his horse. When a prospective buyer came to look at the horse, the preacher explained that his horse was not like most horses. It didn't respond to the normal commands of "Whoa", "Giddyup", "Gee", "Haw", and similar verbal commands. Being a preacher's horse, it would only obey biblical commands! It wouldn't pay any attention to the regular orders. He explained to stop the horse, the rider needed simply say, "Amen." A full gallop would follow a hearty "Praise the Lord." A right turn would follow, "Hallelujah" and "Glory! Glory!" meant a left turn.

Before the buyer took the horse out for a ride, he reviewed the commands until he was sure he had them mastered. Horse and rider took out down the dusty road and took a sharp "Hallelujah" into an open field. He put the horse through it paces. Finally, he decided to see how fast the horse really was. He gave the appropriate command and the horse took off at a full gallop. As the ground became rougher and rougher, the rider decided he had enough. He pulled on the reigns and instinctively yelled "Whoa!" Nothing happened. He tugged harder. Still nothing! Then he remembered that he was to use the special commands. By now, he was hanging on for dear life as the horse bounded down a gully and up the other side, across fallen trees, and through thick brush. He looked up! The horse was heading straight for the edge of a huge cliff! It would be certain death for both horse and rider.

He yelled and tugged and screamed, but nothing happened. Finally, fearing for his life, he prayed, "Lord, help me! Save me. Amen!" No sooner had he uttered the last word than the horse came to a screeching halt not six inches from the edge of the precipice. Shaken but relieved, the rider wiped his brow, leaned back in sad ...

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