Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Weight of Prayer

 Louise Redden, a poorly dressed lady with a
 look of defeat on her
 face, walked into a grocery store. 
 She approached the owner of the store in a most
 humb le manner and
 asked if he would let her charge a few
 She softly explained that her husband was very
 ill and unable to
 work, they had seven children and they needed
 John Longhouse, the grocer, scoffed at her and
 requested that she
 leave his store at once. 
 Visualizing the family needs, she said:
 'Please, sir! I will bring
 you the money just as 
 soon as I can.' 
 John told her he could not give her credit,
 since she did not have
 a charge account at his store. 
 Standing beside the counter was a customer who
 overheard the
 conversation between the two. The customer
 walked forward and told
 the grocer that he would stand good for
 whatever she needed for her
 The grocer said in a very reluctant voice,
 ' Do you have a grocery
 Louise replied, 'Yes sir.'
 'O.K' he said, 'put your grocery list on
 the scales and whatever your grocery list
 weighs, I will give you
 that amount in
 Louise, hesitated a moment with a bowed head,
 then she reached into
 her purse and took out a piece of paper and
 scribbled something on
 it. She then laid the piece of paper on the
 scale carefully with
 her head still bowed. 
 The eyes of the grocer and the customer showed
 amazement when the
 scales went down and stayed down.
 The grocer, staring at the scales, turned
 slowly to the customer
 and said begrudgingly, 'I can't believe
 The customer smiled and the grocer started
 putting the groceries on
 the other side of the scales. The scale did not
 balance so he
 continued to put more and more groceries on
 them until the scales
 would hold no more. 
 The grocer stood there in utter disgust.
 Finally, he grabbed the
 piece of paper from the scales and looked at it
 with greater amazement.
 It was not a grocery list, it was a prayer,
 which said:
 'Dear Lord, you know my needs and I am
 leaving this in your hands.'
 The grocer gave her the groceries that he had
 gathered and stood in
 stunned silence. 
 Louise thanked him and left the store. 
 The other customer handed a fifty-dollar bill
 to the grocer and
 'It was worth every penny of it. Only God
 Knows how much a prayer
 THE POWER OF PRAYER: When you receive this, say
 a prayer. That's
 all you have to do. 
 Just stop right now, and say a prayer of thanks
 for your own good
 Then please send this to all your friends and
 I believe if you will send this testimony out
 with prayer in faith,
 you will receive what you need God to do in
 your and your fa
 milies' life .
So dear heart, trust God to heal the sick,
provide food for the
hungry, clothes and shelter for those that
don't have as we do.
Amen & Amen

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