by Jeff Schreve

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Series: The School of Prayer
Jeff Schreve
Psalm 66:16-20

The story is told about a small west Texas town. It was a dry town. It was a town filled with lots of Christians. But then, an atheist moved to town and he got approval to build a tavern and to start selling alcohol. And he chose to put his tavern, of all places, across the street from the Baptist church in town. Well, the church didn't like that at all. Pastor, the people, they didn't like that at all. The construction went up, and then it was finished, and the next day it was going to be open for business. And so the church called a big prayer meeting and they prayed and prayed and prayed hours and hours that God would intervene, that God would shut down the tavern. And that night after the prayer meeting there was a big storm and a bolt of lightning struck the tavern and started a fire and burned it to the ground. Well, the tavern owner, the atheist, he was pretty upset about that. And he went to the church and said, ''You guys need to pay for this.'' They said, ''We're not going to pay for this. We're not responsible for this.'' And then he said, ''Yeah, you are.'' And they wouldn't pay, so he sued them, took them to court. Now the judge was looking at the case, and he said this in his opening remarks, he said, ''You know, this is a strange case.'' He said, ''I don't know how it's going to turn out. But one thing is for certain. The atheist believes in the power of prayer and the Christians don't'' (laughter). Let me ask you, do you believe in the power of prayer?

We're in a series called ''The School of Prayer.'' We're learning about this thing called prayer. And make no mistake, prayer has power. The Bible says in James 5:16, ''The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.''

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