This is a story I once heard, not sure of the source, but it makes a
A man was walking through the woods enjoying nature. By his own statement, he was a “devout atheist.” So as he walked through woods, he could hear the stream gurgling, the birds singing, the wind whispering through the trees. “All of this” he thought, “is perfectly explainable by science.” Suddenly a large brown bear appeared in front of him. The bear looked him over and started to charge. The man knew he had had it. This was surely the end. A few feet from him, the bear leapt into the air, claws out, teeth ready to devour the man. The man cried out, “O God! Save me!” As soon as he said it, the stream stopped running, the birds became silent and the wind stopped. The bear was suddenly suspended in midair – claws still held out and jaws wide open. The heavens opened and a voice came from beyond the clouds, “So now you choose to believe in me?” The man said, “Lord, I was wrong all this time. Please save me by turning this bear into a Christian.” God, always ready to forgive, said, “So be it.” After God had proclaimed this, the stream began to run, the birds returned to singing and the wind moved once more. The bear landed in front of the man by just one or two feet. The bear was kneeling, paws held together in thoughtful prayer. The bear said, “In the name of Jesus, please bless this food that I am about to partake…”
Do you pray to God only in times of trouble? Or do you make prayer a regular part of your life? Something to think about.
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