Articles by Stan Dean

God Listens To Our Hearts- - Thankfully!

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As you might imagine, through the years I have heard many prayers offered up in worship services and various other settings. Most tend to be basically along the same lines of thought. But every now and then you hear those that for one reason or another capture your attention and you never seem to forget them.

When I was a kid there was a prayer led on a Wednesday night by an old farmer that has always stuck with me. It was in the middle of summer and there had been a drought which no doubt was on the elderly gentleman’s mind. But at the same time he knew that summer storms can also be severe, so he stood and earnestly prayed the following words: “Lord, we sure do need some rain- - but please don’t give us any of that rough stuff!”

Sometimes verbal faux pas happen in prayers too that can be rather comical. One that stands out in my mind was when I was preaching at Stony Point and we had a dear sister with health issues that had requested prayer from the church. Her name was Reba Myhan. The brother who stood before the congregation sincerely prayed: “Dear God, we come to You asking that You please bless our precious sister, Reba McEntire!” Unfortunately, I had to get up and speak immediately following his prayer. Trying to keep my composure was nearly impossible since most of the audience was trying to hold back their laughter. So I just stated, “Well, I’m sure she needs our prayers, too!”

Recently, one of our members handed me a rather unusual prayer that someone recorded and I am not sure of its origin. As it was told, there was a new preacher in town who called on one of the deacons to lead a prayer during his first service at the new church. The deacon began his prayer, “Lord, I hate buttermilk.” The preacher was a little taken aback and then the deacon added, “Lord, I hate lard.” As the new preacher opened one eye wondering where this was going, the man followed with, “Lord, I ain’t too crazy about plain flour. But after you mix ‘em all together and bake ‘em in a hot oven, I just love biscuits.” His thoughts were based on Romans 8:28 which teaches that God knows how to work out all things for our good.

Our prayers may not always come out as we intend, but thankfully the Spirit of God interprets the meaning from our hearts (cf. Romans 8:26). So, pray away!

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