by Stephen Whitney

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True Prayer Is Power (4 of 4)
Series: Prayer
Stephen Whitney
Mark 11:24

In the small Texas town of Mount Vernon, Drummond's Bar began construction on a new building to increase their business.
The local Baptist church started a campaign of petitions and prayers to block the bar from opening. Work on the building
Progressed right up till the week before it opened when lightning struck the bar and it burned to the ground.

The church folks were rather smug in their attitude until the bar owner sued the church on the grounds that the church was ultimately responsible for the demise of the building, either through direct or indirect actions or means.

The church strongly denied all responsibility or any connection to the building's demise it its reply to the court. As the case made its way into court, the judge looked over the paperwork. At the hearing he commented, "I don't know how I'm going to decide this, but as it appears from the paperwork we have bar owner who believes in the power of prayer and an entire church congregation that doesn't."

There are times when we feel that there is no sense in praying because we don't see answers to our prayers. We pray for a loved one to be saved for years and nothing happens. We pray for someone to be healed from something, but they only get worse.

Charles Spurgeon in The Power of Prayer in a Believer's Life wrote, "How many people there are who complain that they do not enjoy prayer. They do not neglect it, for they dare not, but they would neglect it if they dared, so far are they from finding any pleasure in prayer. Many Christians complain that they pray,
not so much because it is a blessed thing to be allowed to draw near to God, but because they must pray, because it is their duty,
because they feel that if they do not, they will lose one of the sure evidences of their being Christians. God has a more excellent way for prayer. It is possible for you to come to look at prayer as one of the ...

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