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h with water ow Much Does a Prayer Weigh?

          There is a story of a grocery store owner who tried to weigh one. A tired-looking woman came into the store and asked for enough food to make a dinner for her children. The grocer asked her how much she could spend. The frail woman answered, "I have nothing to offer but a little prayer."

          The storekeeper was not very sentimental nor religious, so he said, half- mockingly, "Write it on paper, and I'll weigh it." So she did. The grocer placed the prayer on the weight side of his old- fashioned scales. Then he began piling food on the other side; but to his amazement, the scale would not go down. He finally became flustered and gave the woman a large bag of food.

          The grocer never saw the woman again, but he treasures the slip of paper upon which the woman's prayer had been written; "Please, Lord, give us this day our daily bread."
Author Unknown

For with God nothing shall be impossible. Luke 1:37


f with water Faith to Remove A Mountain

          A small congregation in the foothills of the Great Smokies built a new sanctuary on a piece of land willed to them by a church member.  Ten days before the new church was to open, the local building inspector informed the pastor that the parking lot was inadequate for the size of the building. Until the church doubled the size of the parking lot, they would not be able to use the new sanctuary.  Unfortunately, the church with its undersized lot had used every inch of their land except for the mountain against which it had been built.  In order to build more parking spaces, they would have to move the mountain out of the back yard.  Undaunted, the pastor announced the next Sunday morning that he would meet that evening with all members who had "mountain moving faith."  They would hold a prayer session asking God to remove the mountain from the back yard and to somehow provide enough money to have it paved and painted before the scheduled opening dedication service the following week.

          At the appointed time, 24 of the congregation's 300 members assembled for prayer.  They prayed for nearly three hours. At ten o'clock the pastor said the final "Amen."  "We'll open next Sunday as scheduled," he assured everyone. "God has never let us down before, and I believe He will be faithful this time too."

          The next morning as he was working in his study there came a loud knock at his door. When he called "come in," a rough looking construction foreman appeared, removing his hard hat as he entered.  "Excuse me, Reverend.  I'm from Acme Construction Company over in the next county.  We're building a huge new shopping mall over there and we need some fill dirt.  Would you be willing to sell us a chunk of that mountain behind the church?  We'll pay you for the dirt we remove and pave all the exposed area free of charge, if we can have it right away.  We can't do anything else until we get the dirt in and allow it to settle properly."

          The little church was dedicated the next Sunday as originally planned and there were far more members with "mountain moving faith" on opening Sunday than there had been the previous week!

Would you have shown up for that prayer meeting?  Some people say faith comes from miracles. 
But those of us that know the God of the Bible, know:

h with water HAT IF?

   What if, GOD couldn't take the time to bless us today because we couldn't take the time to thank Him    yesterday?

   What if, GOD decided to stop leading us tomorrow because we didn't follow Him today?

   What if, we never saw another flower bloom because we grumbled when GOD sent the rain?

   What if, GOD didn't walk with us today because we failed to recognize it as His day?

   What if, GOD took away the Bible tomorrow because we would not read it today?

   What if, GOD took away His message because we failed to listen to the messenger?

   What if, GOD didn't send His only begotten Son because He wanted us to be prepared to pay the    price for sin.

   What if, the door of the church was closed because we did not open the door of our heart?

   What if, GOD stopped loving and caring for us because we failed to love and care for others?

   What if, GOD would not hear us today because we would not listen to Him yesterday?

   What if, GOD answered our prayers the way we answer His call to service?

   What if, GOD met our needs the way we give Him our lives???


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