In a small Texas town by the name of Mt. Vernon, Drummond’s Bar began construction of a new building to increase their business. The local Baptist church started a campaign to block the bar from opening with petitions and prayers. Their members turned out in droves to drive this “house of sinful indulgence” from their midst through prayer. Work on the bar progressed right up till the week before opening when lightning struck the bar and it burned to the ground.
The church folks were rather smug in their outlook after that, until the bar owner sued the church on the grounds that the church was ultimately responsible for the demise of his building, either through direct or indirect actions or means. The church vehemently denied all responsibility or any connection to the building’s destruction in 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 it appears from the paperwork that we have a bar owner who believes in the power of prayer, and an entire church congregation that does not.”
(As a matter of application here, how many of us truly believe that God can change situations in life when we pray for those changes to take place? If we truly believe that, then we should be seeing all of our members crowding into our church whenever we have prayer gatherings. Perhaps there is more truth than poetry to this story!)
Senior Pastor of Cactus Christian Fellowship