Two men were passing through a field in the country when they were charged by a bull. They ran desperately for the fence. It was soon clear to them that they would not make it to the other side and out of the danger bearing down on them. One called out to the other, “Pray, Jim, pray or we are in for it!”
“I can’t,” he hollered, “I have never made a public prayer in my life!”
“But you have to,” John replied, “the bull is coming. Pray, Jim, Pray!”
“Okay, I give you the only prayer I know, cried Jim, “O, Lord for what we are about to receive make us truly thankful.”
Prayer should always be our first response to adversity.
Many times we wait until we have tried every avenue. We do not stop until we have exhausted all of our own resources before we run to the one who has answers to all our questions. He is our help in time of need.
I heard a lady give a testimony in church several years ago. She had a physical infirmity, and she went from doctor to doctor with no results. “I have tried everything else, so I guess I’ll try God.
The woman in the Bible with the issue of blood (Mark 55:27-34) came to Jesus as soon as she heard about him. (verse 27) She had struggled with her problem for 12 years, but she knew who would be the answer to her prayers. The difference between the woman above and the woman with the issue of blood was the faith involved. Mark 5:28 reads, “For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.” Jesus also refers to her faith in verse 34, “Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole;”
This is just one example. Prayer is our resource in large life problems and in small ones also. I think God wants us to pray about all things. Why else would he say in 1Thessalonias 5:17, “Pray without ceasing.” Or in James 5:16, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” So I am going to pray. In big things and in small things, I will Pray, Pray, Pray!
I want to have as much practice as possible so when I am being charged at by something bigger than I am, I will know exactly how to pray!